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Pittsburgh at Arizona

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Pittsburgh (2-2)000001000181
Arizona (3-1) «00620010x9140

Diamondbacks 9, Pirates 1

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- Chris Young stayed calm at the plate and propelled Arizona to a big night on offense.

Young hit a grand slam for his second homer in two games and matched a career high with five RBI, leading the Diamondbacks to a 9-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.

"I just tried to lock in on a zone and I got some opportunities with some runners on base," Young said. "I tried not to let the adrenaline flow too much, just act like nobody's on and try to hit a line drive in the gap or something like that and keep it simple, and it turned into a home run."

Young's second career slam highlighted a six-run third inning for Arizona, which improved to 3-1 and equaled its best start set in 2000.

Adam LaRoche broke an 0-for-13 slump with a two-run single in the third, and the Diamondbacks reloaded the bases against Charlie Morton (0-1) when Mark Reynolds was hit on the left hand with a pitch.

Young came up after Morton struck out Miguel Montero and sent a 2-1 pitch well over the 413-foot sign in left-center for one of his three hits.

The Diamondbacks provided plenty of support for starter Rodrigo Lopez, who limited the Pirates to one run over six innings.

The 34-year-old Lopez (1-0) helped himself with a single in the third, his first hit since 2007 and only the third of his career. The two-time 15-game winner who had Tommy John surgery in August 2007 made the Diamondbacks as a non-roster invite to spring training brought in to push prospects for a spot in the rotation.

Lopez, who did not pitch in the majors in 2008, allowed six hits and struck out five. He threw 90 pitches.

"Just locating my fastball," said Lopez, who lives in the Phoenix area with his family. "That was the key. It's special being a Diamondback and being at home."

LaRoche added an RBI single in the fourth and finished 2 for 3 with a walk.

"It feels good to finally contribute a little bit," he said.

Montero drove in a run with a double in the fourth and the Diamondbacks shined on defense, with left fielder Conor Jackson and center fielder Young each making a diving catch.

Morton struck out five of his first six batters but threw two wild pitches. He was charged with eight runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.

"I just didn't bear down," Morton said. "I had good life on my fastball and I was confident in it, then I started to fall behind throwing too much off-speed stuff and not focusing on getting ahead with the fastball."

The Pirates have two wins in their past 10 games at Chase Field, going back to 2008. Arizona is 12-4 in its last 16 against Pittsburgh.

"They made some nice plays," Pirates manager John Russell said. "You get down six runs, it puts a lot of pressure on trying to come back, but we swung the bat decent. They made some very good defense plays against us tonight."

Notes

Reynolds was fine after the game, with only an abrasion on his hand. ... Russell said right-hander Joel Hanrahan, who pitched Thursday night in a minor league rehabilitation assignment for Class-A Bradenton, will be re-evaluated after Saturday's outing. Hanrahan missed spring training with a right elbow injury and began the season on the 15-day disabled list but could be activated Monday. ... Russell said right-hander Daniel McCutchen might be sent to the minors to get more work after his scheduled start Sunday against Arizona because the Pirates won't need a fifth starter until April 24. Pittsburgh moved up Zach Duke a day to pitch Saturday against Diamondbacks ace Dan Haren.

 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

C. Young
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Arizona

A. LaRoche
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Akinori Iwamura, 2B4020001 .188
Andrew McCutchen, CF4000022 .235
Garrett Jones, RF3020100 .333
Ryan Doumit, C4010005 .353
Lastings Milledge, LF4110004 .214
Jeff Clement, 1B4011013 .182
Andy LaRoche, 3B4000011 .077
Charlie Morton, P2000020 .000
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
   a- Delwyn Young, PH1010000 .600
    Evan Meek, P0000000 .000
    Hayden Penn, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Church, PH1000010 .333
Ronny Cedeno, SS3000021 .333
Totals3418119  
a-singled for Carrasco in the 7th
b-struck out for Penn in the 9th
Batting
2B - Akinori Iwamura (1, Lopez)
RBI - Jeff Clement (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Clement (1)
SB - Lastings Milledge (1, 2nd base off Lopez/Montero)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Garrett Jones 1
DP - Cedeno-Iwamura-Clement, Iwamura-Cedeno-Clement
PB - Ryan Doumit (1)
E - Akinori Iwamura (1, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Charlie Morton (L,0-1) 3.1988161 21.60
D.J. Carrasco 2.2200020 6.23
Evan Meek 1211100 3.00
Hayden Penn 1100000 18.00
HBP - Reynolds (by Charlie Morton)
WP - Charlie Morton 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Morton 88-50, D.J. Carrasco 36-25, Evan Meek 18-12, Hayden Penn 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Morton 2-3, D.J. Carrasco 2-2, Evan Meek 2-0, Hayden Penn 2-1
Batters Faced - Charlie Morton 22, D.J. Carrasco 8, Evan Meek 5, Hayden Penn 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Conor Jackson, LF5110020 .231
Stephen Drew, SS4110002 .176
   a- Tony Abreu, PH-SS1010000 .667
Justin Upton, RF4210111 .375
Adam LaRoche, 1B3223111 .133
Mark Reynolds, 3B3100023 .083
    Leo Rosales, P0000000 .000
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
Miguel Montero, C4021023 .545
Chris Young, CF4135000 .400
Kelly Johnson, 2B4020002 .357
Rodrigo Lopez, P3110002 .333
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
    Augie Ojeda, 3B1000000 .000
Totals36914928  
a-singled for Drew in the 8th
Batting
2B - Miguel Montero (1, Carrasco), Kelly Johnson (1, Morton)
HR - Chris Young (2, Morton)
RBI - Adam LaRoche 3 (3), Miguel Montero (3), Chris Young 5 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Montero (3), Chris Young 4 (5)
SB - Stephen Drew (1, 2nd base off Morton/Doumit)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Drew-LaRoche
Arizona Diamondbacks
Rodrigo Lopez (W,1-0) 6611150 1.50
Esmerling Vasquez 1100010 0.00
Leo Rosales 1100010 10.80
Bob Howry 1000020 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Rodrigo Lopez 90-63, Esmerling Vasquez 12-8, Leo Rosales 20-14, Bob Howry 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rodrigo Lopez 6-7
Batters Faced - Rodrigo Lopez 25, Esmerling Vasquez 3, Leo Rosales 4, Bob Howry 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21316
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Bill Miller