Arizona at Pittsburgh

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Pirates 4, Diamondbacks 3

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PITTSBURGH -- Neil Walker was looking for a pitch to drive, and he found one.

Walker hit a two-run homer in Pittsburgh's three-run eighth inning and the Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Andrew McCutchen hit a leadoff drive in the first and finished with two hits for Pittsburgh, which has won five of its last six home games. The majors' worst team earned its first three-game sweep since May 4-6 against the Chicago Cubs.

"It's definitely been a long while," McCutchen said. "Walker delivered in a big way and put us up. It was good just to be there and be a part of it and just to not give up, keep fighting and get those three wins and sweep."

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Pittsburgh (51-98) remains two losses away from its first 100-loss season since 2001 but managed to pick up its first sweep of any kind since taking both games from the Cubs from May 31-June 1.

Jose Tabata hit a run-scoring fielder's choice to cut Arizona's lead to 3-2 before Walker connected against Aaron Heilman (5-8), hitting a drive to center for his 12th homer.

"I was thinking to just try to hit one in the gap somewhere and possibly get a chance to score Jose," said Walker, who had two homers and five RBI in the series. "And instead I was fortunate enough to get one in the air and hit one on the barrel.

"We know we're not going to make the playoffs but situations like these can bring teams closer together."

Joel Hanrahan (4-1) struck out both batters he faced in the eighth, and Evan Meek worked a perfect ninth for his third save.

Ryan Roberts homered for the last-place Diamondbacks, who wasted a great start by rookie Daniel Hudson. They completed a 2-8 road trip and have dropped 12 of 15 overall.

Arizona also had a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning of the series opener Friday night, and lost that one 4-3.

"We've had a tough road trip where we've wasted several efforts," manager Kirk Gibson said. "Especially two of them here."

McCutchen hit Hudson's first pitch over the wall in straightaway center but that was it for the Pirates against the right-hander, who allowed three hits in 6 1/3 innings.

"A guy jumps on a first-pitch fastball, it's nothing to really hang your head about," Hudson said. "It's the first pitch of the game; you've still got to go out there and get the next couple guys out and put a couple zeros up after that."

Adam LaRoche and John Hester had RBI doubles in the fourth, giving Arizona the lead, and Roberts went deep with one out in the eighth, chasing Pirates starter Zach Duke.

Pitching perhaps to keep his turn in the rotation -- and, in a larger sense, for a shot at a 2011 roster spot with the Pirates -- Duke had his best outing in five starts. Duke was tagged for 11 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings over his previous two starts, but allowed six hits and a walk in this one.

"I've had a couple bad starts before," Duke said. "There's a mental battle all the time, that's part of the job, so I'm prepared to deal with it. It's nothing new. ... To get a win, that's the main thing."

McCutchen's drive was his 16th of the season, and third in his past five games.

"We're still playing hard," Pirates manager John Russell said. "They're bouncing around and the attitude's really good. That's a good sign for a young team. They're not just waiting for that last day of the season. I think a lot of them wish we could continue to play -- and that's a good thing."

Notes

Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton was not in the lineup for the 15th time in the past 17 games due to left shoulder soreness. ... The sweep was the fourth by the Pirates this season. ... Pittsburgh entered this series having lost four straight and seven of eight.

 
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Pittsburgh

N. Walker
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Arizona

R. Roberts
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Drew, SS4000000 .275
Ryan Roberts, LF4111020 .188
Chris Young, CF3110110 .261
Mark Reynolds, 3B4000021 .204
Adam LaRoche, 1B4111000 .261
Tony Abreu, 2B4010011 .244
John Hester, C3011001 .225
   a- Kelly Johnson, PH1000000 .274
Gerardo Parra, RF3010002 .255
Daniel Hudson, P3000001 .130
    Sam Demel, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Mike Hampton, P0000000 .000
Totals3336316  
a-flied out for Hester in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adam LaRoche (32, Duke), John Hester (6, Duke), Gerardo Parra (18, Duke)
HR - Ryan Roberts (2, Duke)
RBI - Ryan Roberts (8), Adam LaRoche (93), John Hester (7)
2-OUT RBI - John Hester (1)
CS - Stephen Drew (4, 2nd base by Duke/Doumit)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - LaRoche-Drew
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Daniel Hudson 6.1311261 2.49
Sam Demel (H,3) 0.2000000 5.18
Aaron Heilman (BS,8; L,5-8) 0.2333011 4.50
Mike Hampton 0.1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Hudson 109-70, Sam Demel 1-1, Aaron Heilman 25-14, Mike Hampton 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Hudson 7-6, Sam Demel 1-0, Aaron Heilman 1-0, Mike Hampton 1-0
Batters Faced - Daniel Hudson 24, Sam Demel 1, Aaron Heilman 5, Mike Hampton 1
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrew McCutchen, CF4121010 .279
Jose Tabata, LF4111000 .301
Neil Walker, 2B4112001 .298
Pedro Alvarez, 3B3000121 .228
Ryan Doumit, C3000011 .255
John Bowker, 1B2010100 .210
Brandon Moss, RF3000012 .077
    Alexander Presley, RF0000000 .250
Ronny Cedeno, SS3110000 .246
Zach Duke, P2000011 .068
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
   a- Garrett Jones, PH1000011 .247
    Evan Meek, P00000001.000
Totals2946427  
a-struck out for Hanrahan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jose Tabata (21, Hudson)
HR - Andrew McCutchen (16, Hudson), Neil Walker (12, Heilman)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen (53), Jose Tabata (31), Neil Walker 2 (58)
2-OUT RBI - Neil Walker 2 (24)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - John Bowker (1, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach Duke 7.1633131 5.68
Joel Hanrahan (W,4-1) 0.2000020 3.48
Evan Meek (S,3) 1000010 2.04
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 99-62, Joel Hanrahan 9-6, Evan Meek 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 10-9, Evan Meek 1-1
Batters Faced - Zach Duke 29, Joel Hanrahan 2, Evan Meek 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18331
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Dale Scott