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Arizona at Pittsburgh

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Arizona (35-51)001000000183
Pittsburgh (44-40) «12000002x5120

Pirates 5, Diamondbacks 1

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PITTSBURGH -- The first slump of Gregory Polanco's major league career didn't last very long.

Polanco hit a two-run homer and reached base three times, and the Pittsburgh Pirates won for the fifth time in six games, 5-1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.

The 22-year-old phenom entered his fourth week in the majors without a hit in 12 at-bats over his previous three starts, dropping his average 50 points to .288. But a night after singling in his first pinch-hit at-bat, Polanco doubled, walked and hit his third home run.

"This game is all about adjustments," Polanco said. "You have to adjust quick. The faster you adjust, the better you do."

Charlie Morton continued his effective pitching at home for Pittsburgh, which clinched its fourth consecutive series victory.

Morton (5-9) limited Arizona to one run, five hits and three walks in six innings to lower his ERA at PNC Park to 2.13.

Pittsburgh (44-40) has won nine of 11 and moved a season-best four games over .500.

"We had a bad April. We dug a hole," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've been digging out. That's all we're doing right now, is digging out."

Polanco has taken the opposite approach, reaching safely in 19 of 21 major league games. His line-drive shot to right off Chase Anderson in the second inning gave the Pirates a 3-0 lead.

"It's fun to watch him," Hurdle said. "He's got skills and he pays attention. The league has adjusted to him to some degree already and now he's starting to fire back a little bit."

Paul Goldschmidt went 3 for 4 with a run for the Diamondbacks, who have lost three straight.

Last-place Arizona had three errors.

"We made some mistakes tonight, and it came back to haunt us," Goldschmidt said. "That's uncharacteristic of this team and these guys; we take a lot of pride on our defense.. Tonight we didn't get it done."

Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates, who earlier in the day was named NL player of the month for June, did not play the field in the ninth inning. He fouled a ball off his left foot and winced in pain in the eighth, but continued his at-bat and singled.

After the game, McCutchen said, "I'm good to go. feel good," but would not commit to being able to start Thursday's game.

Morton has worked into the sixth inning during all eight of his home starts this season and has allowed four earned runs over 33 2/3 innings in his past five starts at home.

"When I got into a tight spot I made some good pitches," Morton said. "But I really didn't get ahead of guys. I think when I did get in a situation where some pitches had to be made, I made some pretty good pitches."

Justin Wilson, Tony Watson and Mark Melancon each worked a scoreless inning for Pittsburgh. Run-scoring hits by Starling Marte and McCutchen in the eighth inning eliminated a save opportunity for Melancon.

Russell Martin went 2 for 3 with a walk for the Pirates.

Anderson (5-4) allowed 11 baserunners and did not get out of the fourth inning.

"I wasn't able to establish the inside part of the plate tonight and just didn't do a good job of putting myself in good counts to be successful," Anderson said. "That game's on me, for sure."

Notes

Reigning NL MVP McCutchen led the NL -- or tied for the lead -- in extra-base hits (20), home runs (8) and RBI (25)... A day after blowing his fourth save in 23 opportunities this season, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Addison Reed would remain his closer. ... Pirates LHP Francisco Liriano, who has been on the DL since June 11 because of an oblique strain, threw a simulated game Wednesday. He indicated it went well but no specifics were offered about a return. ... RHP Vance Worley starts for Pittsburgh on Thursday against RHP Roberto Hernandez (3-7, 4.26).

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

G. Polanco
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Arizona

P. Goldschmidt
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ender Inciarte, CF5000005 .228
Gerardo Parra, RF5000013 .254
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4130000 .305
Miguel Montero, C2000111 .263
Aaron Hill, 2B4011003 .248
David Peralta, LF3010102 .310
Martin Prado, 3B4010012 .266
Didi Gregorius, SS3000121 .200
Chase Anderson, P2000022 .071
   Randall Delgado, P0000000 .000
   a-Cody Ross, PH1010000 .224
   Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   Matt Stites, P0000000 .000
   b-Roger Kieschnick, PH1010000 .250
Totals3418137  
a-singled for Delgado in the 7th
b-singled for Stites in the 9th
Batting
2B - Paul Goldschmidt (29, Morton)
RBI - Aaron Hill (42)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Hill (17)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Montero-Prado-Hill
E - Didi Gregorius (3, Throwing), Gerardo Parra (4, Misplayed grounder), Martin Prado (13, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chase Anderson (L,5-4) 3.2833351 3.91
Randall Delgado 2.1100240 5.92
Joe Thatcher 1000000 2.63
Matt Stites 1322010 2.84
IBB - Mercer by Randall Delgado
Pitches-Strikes - Chase Anderson 88-53, Randall Delgado 40-23, Joe Thatcher 11-8, Matt Stites 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chase Anderson 3-2, Randall Delgado 1-2, Joe Thatcher 1-2, Matt Stites 1-1
Batters Faced - Chase Anderson 21, Randall Delgado 10, Joe Thatcher 3, Matt Stites 6
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregory Polanco, RF4222111 .306
Starling Marte, LF-CF4112110 .259
Andrew McCutchen, CF4021121 .313
   Mark Melancon, P0000000 .000
Neil Walker, 2B5010026 .271
Russell Martin, C3020100 .274
Ike Davis, 1B3000015 .245
   a-Josh Harrison, PH-3B1000000 .299
Pedro Alvarez, 3B3010023 .240
   b-Gaby Sanchez, PH-1B1000000 .243
Jordy Mercer, SS3130100 .237
Charlie Morton, P3000014 .077
   Justin Wilson, P0000000 .000
   Tony Watson, P00000001.000
   c-Travis Snider, PH-LF1100000 .228
Totals355125510  
a-grounded out for Davis in the 7th
b-flied out for Alvarez in the 7th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Watson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Gregory Polanco (2, Anderson), Starling Marte (16, Stites), Russell Martin (7, Delgado)
HR - Gregory Polanco (3, Anderson)
RBI - Gregory Polanco 2 (12), Starling Marte 2 (31), Andrew McCutchen (49)
2-OUT RBI - Gregory Polanco 2 (4), Starling Marte (10), Andrew McCutchen (15)
SB - Starling Marte (19, 2nd base off Delgado/Montero)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Mercer-Walker-Davis
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Charlie Morton (W,5-9) 6511350 3.30
Justin Wilson (H,11) 1100010 4.55
Tony Watson (H,21) 1000000 0.93
Mark Melancon 1200010 2.27
WP - Charlie Morton (6)
HBP - Montero (by Tony Watson)
Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Morton 93-58, Justin Wilson 15-11, Tony Watson 13-6, Mark Melancon 18-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Morton 10-2, Justin Wilson 1-1, Tony Watson 2-1, Mark Melancon 1-1
Batters Faced - Charlie Morton 25, Justin Wilson 4, Tony Watson 4, Mark Melancon 5
Game Information
Attendance - 24161
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Doug Eddings