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Diamondbacks' Petit loses no-hit bid in eighth, defeats Pirates

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PITTSBURGH -- Yusmeiro Petit wasn't upset that he came close to a no-hitter, yielding a lone single in the eighth inning. After all, his second consecutive win after almost a year of losing helped solidify his spot in the Arizona Diamondbacks' rotation.

Petit combined with Leonel Rosales on a one-hitter, and the Diamondbacks beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-0 on Tuesday night.

"There's no disappointment at all," Petit said through translator Miguel Montero about losing the no-hitter. "I felt good because it's a good game. Unfortunately, I give up the single but I still feel good about the start."

Petit (2-5), who snapped a seven-game losing streak with his first victory in more than 11 months in his most recent start, walked three and struck out four in eight innings. The right-hander threw a season-high 108 pitches -- 74 for strikes -- in going longer than seven innings for the first time in his career.

"It's a natural when a pitcher has got a lead to go right after guys, and he was able to do it with multiple pitches," Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said. "He threw a little cutter, threw a little breaking ball, threw a little changeup. He wasn't just throwing fastballs down the middle; he was able to get guys to put the ball in play and get outs. That keeps a defense on its toes and it keeps the game flowing."

Fellow Venezuelan Ronny Cedeno lined a 76 mph changeup for a single to left after Ramon Vazquez led off the eighth with a walk, ending the quest for what would have been the second no-hitter in Diamondbacks history. Randy Johnson threw a perfect game May 18, 2004, at Atlanta.

"I didn't try to put too much pressure on myself in my last at-bat," Cedeno said. "I just wanted to put the ball in play.

"He threw a very good game today. One hit? I'm lucky."

Ryan Roberts went 4 for 5 with two home runs for Arizona, which has won five of six and is 17-10 since July 4, while Chris Young homered and Mark Reynolds had three hits and an RBI.

Arizona had won only two of Petit's previous 10 starts but he pitched six shutout innings against Philadelphia in his last outing, his first win since Aug. 23.

Petit, who said he didn't realize he was throwing a no-hitter until a fan yelled to remind him during the fifth inning, was 8-15 with a 5.76 in 59 appearances, 29 starts, in his career.

"The last few starts I feel like I'm part of the rotation now because I'm helping the team and pitching a lot better," Petit said.

The Pirates have lost three in a row and eight of 10. They have been shut out in their last three meetings with Arizona over the past 11 days. They have been shut out 13 times in all, most in the majors.

All three Arizona homers off Pirates starter Zach Duke went to left-center field -- the deepest part of PNC Park.

Roberts entered the game with three career homers over 82 games in four seasons with three teams. He hit a solo shot in the third and another with Stephen Drew aboard in the fourth, meaning three of his four homers this season have come against Duke.

"I would have loved to be part of [a no-hitter]," said Roberts, a second baseman who had three putouts and two assists. "Every ball that's hit to me, I want to make a play. I love to see people do that and be part of it."

Roberts' second homer came three batters after Young's two-run shot, his seventh, ended an 0-for-19 drought.

Duke (9-10) yielded five runs, nine hits and two walks in five innings, striking out one. It was only the third time this season he surrendered more than four earned runs in a game, the first since June 8.

"I left some pitches up, and they got hit hard," Duke said succinctly.

Pittsburgh has scored only 13 runs in his 10 losses.

"Obviously, their guy pitched a great game," Pirates manager John Russell said. "We were fortunate, I think, to get one hit.

"It was just one of those nights. Things didn't go well on the mound, and when you don't pitch very well, things like that tend to happen."

Notes

  • Pittsburgh has been no-hit only five times since 1900 and not since 1971, when Bob Gibson of St. Louis did it at Three Rivers Stadium on Aug. 14, 1971. It has happened only twice since 1929.
  • The Pirates were one-hit by three St. Louis pitchers on April 9.
  • The only two no-hitters of 2009 have occurred in the past month: San Francisco's Jonathan Sanchez against San Diego on July 10 and the Chicago White Sox's Mark Buehrle pitching a perfect game against Tampa Bay in July 23.
  • Pirates OF Garrett Jones was named NL rookie of the month for July, when he hit .310 with 10 home runs, 17 RBI and a .700 slugging percentage. The 28-year-old was called up June 30 and is getting his first extended regular playing time in the majors.
 
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Yusmeiro Petit ends up six outs shy of being the first to no-hit the Pirates since Bob Gibson did in 1971.  (AP)
Yusmeiro Petit ends up six outs shy of being the first to no-hit the Pirates since Bob Gibson did in 1971. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

R. Roberts
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 2
RBI 3
Arizona

Y. Petit
IP 8.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 3
K 4
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS6110004 .273
Ryan Roberts, 2B5243010 .285
Justin Upton, RF5120021 .300
Mark Reynolds, 3B5031013 .283
Gerardo Parra, LF5010025 .280
Chris Snyder, C5000022 .211
Chad Tracy, 1B4110113 .227
Chris Young, CF3112212 .196
Yusmeiro Petit, P3000104 .000
   a- Alex Romero, PH1010000 .241
    Leo Rosales, P0000000 .000
Totals426146410  
a-singled for Petit in the 9th
Batting
2B - Justin Upton (22, Duke)
HR - Ryan Roberts 2 (4, Duke, Duke), Chris Young (7, Duke)
RBI - Ryan Roberts 3 (11), Mark Reynolds (74), Chris Young 2 (28)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Roberts 2 (4), Mark Reynolds (37)
SB - Mark Reynolds (20, 2nd base off Hanrahan/Doumit)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
E - Justin Upton (8, Dropped fly)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Yusmeiro Petit (W,2-5) 8100340 5.81
Leo Rosales 1000020 5.25
Pitches-Strikes - Yusmeiro Petit 108-74, Leo Rosales 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yusmeiro Petit 6-15
Batters Faced - Yusmeiro Petit 29, Leo Rosales 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, CF3000102 .292
Lastings Milledge, LF4000024 .200
Garrett Jones, RF4000020 .301
Ryan Doumit, C4000010 .236
Steve Pearce, 1B3000100 .224
Andy LaRoche, 3B3000001 .260
Ramon Vazquez, 2B2000100 .237
Ronny Cedeno, SS3010010 .176
Zach Duke, P1000001 .200
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Salazar, PH1000000 .059
    Evan Meek, P0000000 .000
    Steven Jackson, P0000000 .000
   b- Delwyn Young, PH1000002 .299
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
Totals2901036  
a-flied out for Hanrahan in the 6th
b-popped out for Jackson in the 8th
Batting
SB - Ronny Cedeno (4, 3rd base off Petit/Snyder)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Andy LaRoche 2 (11, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Zach Duke (L,9-10) 5955213 3.45
Joel Hanrahan 1210020 6.70
Evan Meek 1000220 3.48
Steven Jackson 1100030 3.05
Matt Capps 1200020 5.80
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 89-50, Joel Hanrahan 18-12, Evan Meek 25-14, Steven Jackson 19-13, Matt Capps 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 5-10
Batters Faced - Zach Duke 27, Joel Hanrahan 5, Evan Meek 5, Steven Jackson 4, Matt Capps 5
Game Information
Attendance - 11294
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt