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Eaton lifts Diamondbacks past Pirates in 16 innings

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PITTSBURGH -- Once again, the Arizona Diamondbacks found a victory to be worth the wait.

Adam Eaton's bloop double in the 16th inning drove in two runs and the Diamondbacks outlasted the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 on Sunday.

Eaton's career-high fourth hit came during his seventh at-bat, giving Arizona its club-record 13th win in extra innings this season.

"As long as you want to go, we'll go with you and stay in a dogfight," Eaton said. "We'll play as long as we need to play."

The Diamondbacks needed seven pitchers Sunday over 4 hours, 39 minutes, in improving to 13-5 in extra-inning games. Arizona's victory was its 27th in its final at-bat, by far the most in the majors. It also was the Diamondbacks' 36th comeback win -- second-most in the majors -- and ninth in as many games when playing beyond nine innings on a so-called "travel day."

"It can be frustrating when you get into extra innings and don't come through, but all you can do is keep battling and our guys do that," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.

With A.J. Pollock and Didi Gregorius on base and two outs in the 16th, Eaton fought off a 1-0 pitch from Kris Johnson and dunked the ball into shallow left-center. A sprinting Andrew McCutchen failed in his attempt at a diving catch.

"That ball wasn't exactly crushed," Eaton said. "He threw a slider and I tried to stay through it, and good things happen when you put the ball in play."

Arizona remained five games behind Cincinnati in the race for the second NL wild-card spot. Pittsburgh's lead in the NL Central dwindled to one game over St. Louis.

The Pirates dropped two of three to Arizona, losing their third consecutive series.

"We're playing good baseball; we're just in a stretch here," Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker said. "We need to keep grinding it out and keep playing hard. We've played a lot of innings, so it's taxing us a little bit."

Pittsburgh lost its third extra-inning game in six days. The Pirates have played 69 innings during that span -- the equivalent of almost eight games. The resulting weary bullpen was why they summoned Johnson from Triple-A Indianapolis in a move that was announced less than hour before game time.

Johnson (0-1) threw 82 pitches in six innings. He had five strikeouts and allowed five hits and two walks.

"It's satisfying -- I just wish I could have done a little more," Johnson said.

Johnson is a 28-year-old minor league veteran of 189 games. He was 10-4 with two saves and a 2.41 ERA in 25 games (20 starts) with Indianapolis this season.

"Just a fantastic effort for your major league debut," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "We couldn't ask him to do any more than he did other than to find a way to win that game."

Wade Miley limited the Pirates to two runs over eight innings and Aaron Hill went 4 for 7 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games for Arizona.

The Diamondbacks (64-58) play their next four games in Cincinnati against the Reds, who are 2 games back of the Pirates in the division race.

Six Arizona relievers combined to pitch eight scoreless innings. Brad Ziegler (7-1) had two strikeouts while pitching perfect 14th and 15th innings, and J.J. Putz worked around two walks -- one intentional -- in the 16th to earn his sixth save. Johnson struck out swinging to end the game.

After Hill's bases-loaded single scored Eaton in the sixth, the Diamondbacks had the bases loaded and no outs with an opportunity take the lead. They tied it at 2 when Gerardo Parra grounded into a double play.

Pirates starter Charlie Morton allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts.

Tony Watson allowed a single during each of his two innings, but struck out the side in the ninth. Mark Melancon worked a scoreless 10th and has allowed an earned run during just one of his past 26 outings.

The Pirates scored once each in the first and third on RBI doubles from Russell Martin and Jordy Mercer, who had three hits.

Miley, who has a 2.04 ERA over his past nine starts, limited baserunners. Together with Arizona's relievers, they combined to throw 13 consecutive shutout innings until the offense was able to break through.

"We're always confident because we know somebody is going to get the job done," Pollock said. "We have a lot of good guys on this team and you know someone is going to come through."

Notes

OF Andrew Lambo was optioned to Triple-A and C Michael McKenry was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the Pirates' roster for Johnson. ... Starling Marte went 2 for 4 against Miley and has reached safely in 12 of his past 19 plate appearances against left-handers. ... The Pirates were set to leave after the game for the West Coast, where they will play seven games in seven days. In NL games played in California over the past two seasons, the Pirates are 1-11. ... RHP Randall Delgado (4-3, 3.53 ERA) starts for Arizona on Monday night against the Reds RHP Bronson Arroyo (11-9, 3.35).

 
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Adam Eaton knocks in a pair of runs in the 16th inning to give the Diamondbacks a win over the Pirates. (USATSI)
Adam Eaton knocks in a pair of runs in the 16th inning to give the Diamondbacks a win over the Pirates. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Arizona

A. Eaton
AB 7
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
Pittsburgh

J. Mercer
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, LF7142020 .242
Martin Prado, 3B8110025 .278
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B5010223 .295
Aaron Hill, 2B7041013 .317
Gerardo Parra, RF5010112 .270
A.J. Pollock, CF6110105 .249
Didi Gregorius, SS6120113 .264
Tuffy Gosewisch, C5010012 .235
   a-Tony Campana, PH1000000 .308
   b-Jason Kubel, PH1000012 .223
Wade Miley, P2000010 .109
   c-Matt Davidson, PH1000010 .214
   Wil Nieves, C3000010 .340
Totals574153514  
a-grounded out for Collmenter in the 14th
b-struck out for Ziegler in the 16th
c-struck out for Miley in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adam Eaton (3, Johnson), Aaron Hill (18, Morton)
SH - Gerardo Parra (7), Wade Miley (7)
RBI - Adam Eaton 2 (7), Aaron Hill (32)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Eaton 2 (5)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Gosewisch-Prado
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade Miley 8722280 3.56
Joe Thatcher 0000100 2.73
Heath Bell 2100120 3.57
Eury De La Rosa 0.2000010 1.50
Josh Collmenter 2.1100230 2.90
Brad Ziegler (W,7-1) 2000020 2.05
J.J. Putz (S,6) 1000220 2.54
IBB - A. McCutchen by Wade Miley, A. McCutchen by Josh Collmenter, Walker by J.J. Putz
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miley 104-69, Joe Thatcher 5-1, Heath Bell 27-19, Eury De La Rosa 9-6, Josh Collmenter 31-19, Brad Ziegler 18-13, J.J. Putz 21-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miley 12-2, Heath Bell 1-3, Josh Collmenter 3-1, Brad Ziegler 3-1, J.J. Putz 1-0
Batters Faced - Wade Miley 31, Joe Thatcher 1, Heath Bell 8, Eury De La Rosa 2, Josh Collmenter 10, Brad Ziegler 6, J.J. Putz 5
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starling Marte, LF7120021 .282
Jordy Mercer, 2B-SS5031100 .277
Andrew McCutchen, CF4100313 .315
Russell Martin, C7011048 .250
Pedro Alvarez, 3B6000122 .232
Gaby Sanchez, 1B3000020 .237
   a-Garrett Jones, PH-1B3000121 .245
Jose Tabata, RF7010021 .269
Clint Barmes, SS3010000 .226
   b-Neil Walker, PH-2B2010200 .262
Charlie Morton, P2000010 .143
   c-Josh Harrison, PH1000001 .255
   d-Tony Sanchez, PH1000012 .176
   Kris Johnson, P2000012 .000
Totals53292818  
a-popped out for G. Sanchez in the 9th
b-walked for Barmes in the 9th
c-grounded out for Morton in the 7th
d-struck out for Watson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jordy Mercer (15, Miley), Russell Martin (20, Miley)
SH - Jordy Mercer (5), Kris Johnson (1)
RBI - Jordy Mercer (20), Russell Martin (45)
2-OUT RBI - Russell Martin (16)
CS - Starling Marte (13, 3rd base by Miley/Gosewisch)
PK - Jose Tabata (1, Miley)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Barmes-G. Sanchez, Barmes-G. Sanchez-Mercer-Barmes-G. Sanchez, Barmes-G. Sanchez-Mercer-Barmes-G. Sanchez-Mercer-G. Jones, Barmes-G. Sanchez-Mercer-Barmes-G. Sanchez-Mercer-G. Jones-Mercer-Walker-G. Jones
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Charlie Morton 7722360 3.67
Tony Watson 2200030 2.85
Mark Melancon 1100000 0.78
Kris Johnson (L,0-1) 6522250 3.00
IBB - Goldschmidt by Kris Johnson
HBP - Eaton (by Charlie Morton)
Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Morton 97-63, Tony Watson 29-20, Mark Melancon 9-6, Kris Johnson 82-50
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Morton 10-3, Tony Watson 3-0, Mark Melancon 2-0, Kris Johnson 7-5
Batters Faced - Charlie Morton 30, Tony Watson 8, Mark Melancon 3, Kris Johnson 24
Game Information
Attendance - 37518
Game Time - 4:39
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Jim Wolf