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Arizona at Pittsburgh

W: T. Cahill (4-10) L: J. Locke (9-4)
HR: ARI - M. Prado (11),P. Goldschmidt (30)   PIT - S. Marte (11),P. Alvarez (30)

Prado's four hits lead D-Backs to rout of Pirates

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PITTSBURGH -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have a lot of ground to make up if they are going to get to the postseason.

Martin Prado hopes that Saturday's 20-hit outburst was a step in the right direction.

Prado went 4 for 5 with a three-run home run and Paul Goldschmidt added a three-run shot and the Diamondbacks routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 15-5 on Saturday.

The Diamondbacks won for the fourth time in five games. They entered the day 8 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West and six games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the second wild card.

"I feel like this is the beginning of what we should do from now on," Prado said. "I feel like everybody contributed. We're hoping to keep having this offense all the way through the end of the season.

"Being realistic, it's not going to be like this every day, but I liked the way we prepared for the game then everybody had good at-bats."

Prado's 11th homer of the season capped a six-run third inning against All-Star Jeff Locke and put the Diamondbacks ahead 8-0. Prado has driven in 13 runs in his past 10 games.

"It's just the way baseball goes," Prado said of his RBI surge. "I'm on a hot streak right now. You might go a month and not get an RBI. I just want to ride the streak as long as I can."

Goldschmidt's 30th homer came in the ninth and tied him with Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez for the National League lead. Alvarez hit his 30th earlier in the game.

Goldschmidt and Didi Gregorius each had three of the Diamondbacks' 20 hits.

Gregorius, a rookie shortstop, had gone 2 for 29 in his previous eight games.

"A lot of times you can tell how a guy is going to do in the game by his batting practice," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "Didi didn't really have a set pre-game routine until today. He's finally found a routine that works and you saw the results. I think it's going to make a big difference for him."

Trevor Cahill (4-10) earned his first win since May 17. He went five innings and allowed four runs and seven hits. He was activated from the disabled list before the game. He had been out since July 1 with a bruised right hip.

A.J. Pollock, Aaron Hill, Wil Nieves and Gerardo Parra had two hits each and Nieves had three RBIs, including a two-run double in the first inning to give Arizona an early lead.

After going 0-6 with a 7.91 ERA in his previous eight starts, Cahill struck out four and walked one.

"It felt like my debut all over again," Cahill said. "It was a weird feeling, like I hadn't done this before. I'll take the win, enjoy the great offensive support and then work on some things so I'm better in my next start."

Alvarez hit a three-run home run and Starling Marte added a solo shot for NL Central-leading Pittsburgh in the third inning, enabling the Pirates to cut the lead to 8-4.

Andrew McCutchen had three hits and Neil Walker and Jose Tabata had two each. McCutchen has had multiple hits in 10 of his past 14 games.

Locke (9-4) allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings while walking three and striking out two. He is winless in his past four starts and gave up more than three runs for just the second time in his past 18 starts.

"Today was a reality check for me, absolutely," Locke said. "Any start like that is a reality check. You set your standards high, you set your goals high and you're disappointed when you don't reach them. I wasn't sitting there pouting about it, though, when I came out of the game. It's just the nature of the game to occasionally have a day like this."

Prado's home run with two outs in the third put Arizona ahead by eight and Locke was removed after Goldschmidt followed with a single. Goldschmidt's hit was the seventh in a row by the Diamondbacks in the inning, tying a club record.

Gregorius doubled in the first run of the third and Cahill, who was hitting .063, followed with a two-run single.

The Pirates, who have dropped six of eight, cut the deficit to 8-5 in the sixth when Russell Martin doubled and scored on Tabata's single.

However, Joe Thatcher came on and struck out Walker with the bases loaded to end the threat. Thatcher has inherited four bases-loaded situations this season and has not allowed a run.

Arizona added four runs in the eighth inning on pinch-hitter Jason Kubel's two-run single, Nieves' sacrifice fly and Gregorius' RBI single. Goldschmidt's homer in the ninth gave the Diamondbacks a season high in runs.

"Thatcher's strikeout was really big," Gibson said. "Even though the game was 15-5, it was a close game. They had a lot of pressure on us. People are going to look at score and say it was a blowout, but it was far from that. That's a good team over there and they kept coming at us."


The series concludes Sunday with Arizona LHP Wade Miley (9-8, 3.63) facing Pittsburgh RHP Charlie Morton (4-3, 3.79). ... The Diamondbacks optioned RHP Chaz Roe to Triple-A Reno to open a roster spot for Cahill. ... Arizona C Miguel Montero, who has been on the DL with a strained lower back since July 29, began an injury rehab assignment with the rookie-level Arizona League Diamondbacks on Saturday. ... The Pirates are hopeful RHP Jason Grilli, who has been on the disabled list since July 23 with a strained right forearm, can begin throwing off a mound by next weekend. Grilli has converted 30 of 31 save opportunities.

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Martin Prado collects four hits, including a three-run homer, to help the Diamondbacks to a rout of the Pirates.  (USATSI)
Martin Prado collects four hits, including a three-run homer, to help the Diamondbacks to a rout of the Pirates. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

M. Prado
AB 5
R 4
H 4
HR 1

P. Alvarez
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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A.J. Pollock, CF4320200 .250
Martin Prado, LF-3B5443102 .281
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B6233015 .296
Aaron Hill, 2B4120111 .308
   a-Cliff Pennington, PH-2B1000000 .235
Matt Davidson, 3B4000024 .231
   b-Jason Kubel, PH1112000 .224
   c-Tony Campana, PH1000000 .333
Wil Nieves, C5123000 .347
Gerardo Parra, RF5120002 .271
Didi Gregorius, SS4132100 .263
Trevor Cahill, P3112011 .088
   d-Adam Eaton, PH-LF2000002 .216
a-grounded out for Hill in the 9th
b-singled for Putz in the 8th
c-grounded out for Bell in the 9th
d-grounded out for Thatcher in the 7th
2B - Wil Nieves (10, Locke), Didi Gregorius (15, Locke)
HR - Martin Prado (11, Locke), Paul Goldschmidt (30, Morris)
SF - Wil Nieves (3)
RBI - Martin Prado 3 (56), Paul Goldschmidt 3 (96), Jason Kubel 2 (30), Wil Nieves 3 (21), Didi Gregorius 2 (21), Trevor Cahill 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Martin Prado 3 (20), Wil Nieves 2 (8), Didi Gregorius 2 (5), Trevor Cahill 2 (4)
CS - Matt Davidson (1, 2nd base by Mazzaro/Martin), Gerardo Parra (10, 3rd base by Hughes/Martin)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - A.J. Pollock 1
E - Matt Davidson (1, Missed catch of throw)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Trevor Cahill (W,4-10) 5744142 4.78
Will Harris 0.2211000 2.50
Joe Thatcher (H,13) 0.1000010 2.73
J.J. Putz (H,6) 1000020 2.63
Heath Bell 1000000 3.71
Eury De La Rosa 1200000 1.69
HBP - Harrison (by Will Harris)
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 94-50, Will Harris 22-12, Joe Thatcher 6-5, J.J. Putz 16-11, Heath Bell 12-10, Eury De La Rosa 22-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 10-0, Will Harris 1-1, Heath Bell 1-2
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 22, Will Harris 6, Joe Thatcher 1, J.J. Putz 3, Heath Bell 3, Eury De La Rosa 5
Pittsburgh Pirates
Starling Marte, LF4111010 .282
Neil Walker, 2B5120023 .261
Andrew McCutchen, CF4130100 .318
Pedro Alvarez, 3B5113024 .235
Russell Martin, C4110010 .252
Garrett Jones, 1B4000001 .247
Jose Tabata, RF4021000 .274
Jordy Mercer, SS4010001 .271
   Jared Hughes, P1000010 .000
   a-Andrew Lambo, PH1000001 .111
   Tony Sanchez, C1000000 .182
a-grounded out for Hughes in the 4th
b-hit by pitch for Mazzaro in the 6th
2B - Russell Martin (19, Harris), Jordy Mercer (14, Cahill)
HR - Starling Marte (11, Cahill), Pedro Alvarez (30, Cahill)
RBI - Starling Marte (33), Pedro Alvarez 3 (81), Jose Tabata (17)
2-OUT RBI - Starling Marte (17), Pedro Alvarez 3 (34)
SB - Andrew McCutchen 2 (26, 2nd base off Cahill/Nieves)
Team LOB - 8
E - Jared Hughes (2, Throwing)
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Jeff Locke (L,9-4) 2.21088321 2.90
Jared Hughes 1.1000120 3.97
Vin Mazzaro 2200000 2.48
Justin Wilson 1000000 2.00
Jeanmar Gomez 0.1444010 3.44
Bryan Morris 1.2433101 3.17
IBB - Gregorius by Jared Hughes
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Locke 85-52, Jared Hughes 23-13, Vin Mazzaro 25-16, Justin Wilson 13-8, Jeanmar Gomez 24-16, Bryan Morris 36-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Locke 4-2, Jared Hughes 2-0, Vin Mazzaro 4-1, Justin Wilson 2-1, Bryan Morris 4-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Locke 21, Jared Hughes 5, Vin Mazzaro 7, Justin Wilson 3, Jeanmar Gomez 5, Bryan Morris 10
Game Information
Attendance - 37982
Game Time - 3:54
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Jeff Nelson