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W: J. Hughes (6-2) L: B. Ziegler (4-2)
HR: PIT - J. Harrison (10)   ARI - D. Peralta (4)

McCutchen gets key hit, then hit, Bucs top D-backs

By JOSE M. ROMERO
Associated Press
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PHOENIX (AP) Andrew McCutchen had plenty to say about being hit by a pitch squarely in the lower middle of his back in the ninth inning with his team up by four runs and runners on second and third.

Most of it involved expressing his displeasure about the whole thing and he was wearing a bandage covering the spot where he was hit as he dressed into street clothes after the Pittsburgh Pirates had beaten the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-3 on Saturday night.

In McCutchen's mind, and likely those of many who saw what transpired, he was hit by Arizona reliever Randall Delgado on purpose. The count was 2-0 with one out when it happened, and the Pirates' All-Star outfielder stayed in the game and eventually scored.

The NL MVP was plunked a day after Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri hit Diamondbacks star Paul Goldschmidt in the left hand, causing a fracture that put him on the disabled list.

''Sure it did,'' McCutchen said with a hint of sarcasm when told that Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said the pitch from Delgado got away from him. ''They had all game to retaliate. They had the first inning to retaliate. They had the first pitch (of the ninth inning at-bat) to retaliate. They missed. You throw a slider on the second pitch and then you throw up and in on the next pitch. Are you trying to hurt me too? That's the question.

''We understand that retaliation is going to happen in this game. But you know, there's a right way to do it,'' McCutchen added. ''If you're going to hit me, hit me. . He hit me square in the spine. If I get hurt, what happens then?''

Asked if he thought it was intentional, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle repeated the words ''The game takes care of itself.''

Delgado looked dejected as he walked off the mound, head down, following his ejection for hitting McCutchen.

''I was trying to work my corners and unfortunately the ball moved. I think maybe I didn't have control,'' he said.

The Pirates broke the game open late, just as they did the previous night. McCutchen drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single off third baseman Andy Marte's glove that keyed a four-run eighth inning to make it 5-1.

It was 1-all when Josh Harrison, who had homered earlier, opened the Pittsburgh eighth with an infield hit and Gregory Polanco reached on catcher's interference. McCutchen's sharp ground ball glanced off Marte's glove and into left field, breaking the tie.

Arizona reliever Brad Ziegler's throwing error later helped the Pirates break away. Brent Morel, inserted into the game at third base in the sixth inning with Pedro Alvarez struggling through an 0-for-3 night, hit an RBI double in the eighth and a two-run single in the ninth.

Harrison is 14 for 31 in his last seven games. Until striking out in the fifth, he had four straight at-bats with an extra-base hit and seven straight hits that went for extra bases.

Starters Vance Worley of the Pirates and Chase Anderson of the Diamondbacks both threw six innings and allowed one run.

Jared Hughes (6-2) got the win with a scoreless seventh. Ziegler (4-2) took the loss.

Frieri came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth, but there were no further incidents. David Peralta hit a two-run homer off Frieri. Peralta went 3 for 5 to raise his average to .319 and he drove in all of the Diamondbacks' runs with a home run and a single. A double he hit in the third inning hit just below the yellow home run line in center field.

A CATCH FOR `CUTCH'

The Pirates turned what could have been a big inning for the Diamondbacks into nothing thanks to two fine catches from left fielder Travis Snider and center fielder McCutchen in the second. Snider robbed Didi Gregorious of a hit by diving to catch a line drive, and McCutchen stole a hit from Marte with a sliding catch in shallow right-center that looked to be a trapped ball. The play was challenged by Gibson but the out call was upheld after a 2-minute, 49-second review.

HOT HARRISON

Harrison is batting .303 after a 3 for 4 night in which he scored three times.

''Trying to have good at-bats and not miss pitches,'' Harrison said of his recent success. ''Getting pitches out over the plate that I can handle and just putting the barrel on it.''

Hurdle has enjoyed it.

''He's had a knack of getting things going,'' he said.

ON DECK

Diamondbacks: Right-hander Trevor Cahill (1-8) starts the finale of the four-game series Sunday. He is 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA in three starts against Pittsburgh.

Pirates: Left-hander Francisco Liriano makes his 19th start of the season. He's 3-7 with a 3.97 ERA. Opponents are batting only .231 against him this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: Infielder Cliff Pennington and outfielder A.J. Pollock are on rehab assignments and last played in a rookie league game on Thursday.

Pirates: Second baseman Neil Walker was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup with back tightness. Harrison, originally Saturday's left fielder, replaced Walker at second base.

Outfielder Starling Marte was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis. He has been on the concussion disabled list since July 23.

 
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Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Josh Harrison, 2B4331111.303.341.498
Gregory Polanco, RF4210001.253.322.355
Andrew McCutchen, CF3221100.310.410.534
Ike Davis, 1B5000026.236.347.361
Russell Martin, C5122002.281.411.385
Pedro Alvarez, 3B3000012.235.322.402
   Brent Morel, 3B2023000.188.235.250
Travis Snider, LF4000011.251.327.397
   Tony Watson, P1000012.500.500.500
   Ernesto Frieri, P0000000.000.000.000
Jordy Mercer, SS4010001.254.299.373
Vance Worley, P1000000.053.053.053
   a-Gaby Sanchez, PH1000010.225.300.390
   Jared Hughes, P0000000.000.000.000
   Michael Martinez, LF1000000.158.238.158
Totals38811727    
a-struck out for Worley in the 7th
Batting
2B - Josh Harrison (20, Anderson), Gregory Polanco (4, Delgado), Brent Morel (1, Ziegler)
HR - Josh Harrison (10, Anderson)
SH - Vance Worley (3)
RBI - Josh Harrison (38), Andrew McCutchen (66), Russell Martin 2 (41), Brent Morel 3 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Russell Martin (18), Brent Morel 2 (2)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Pedro Alvarez (24, Throwing), Gregory Polanco (2, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Vance Worley 6711120 2.43
Jared Hughes (W,6-2) 1100220 1.80
Tony Watson 1000010 1.55
Ernesto Frieri 1122101 7.34
IBB - Montero by Jared Hughes
Pitches-Strikes - Vance Worley 83-54, Jared Hughes 27-13, Tony Watson 9-7, Ernesto Frieri 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vance Worley 11-6, Jared Hughes 1-0
Batters Faced - Vance Worley 27, Jared Hughes 6, Tony Watson 3, Ernesto Frieri 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Ender Inciarte, CF4110100.243.278.306
Aaron Hill, 2B4120100.253.291.386
David Peralta, RF5133002.319.354.479
Mark Trumbo, LF4000114.196.242.371
Miguel Montero, C4000103.254.338.393
Jordan Pacheco, 1B4010013.247.297.355
Didi Gregorius, SS4010001.256.338.440
Andy Marte, 3B4010002.333.333.667
Chase Anderson, P2000013.045.045.045
   a-Roger Kieschnick, PH1000011.188.188.313
   Oliver Perez, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brad Ziegler, P0000000.000.000.000
   Matt Stites, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Alfredo Marte, PH1000010.250.250.438
   Randall Delgado, P0000000.000.000.000
   Eury De La Rosa, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3739345    
a-struck out for Anderson in the 6th
b-struck out for Stites in the 8th
Batting
2B - David Peralta (10, Worley)
HR - David Peralta (4, Frieri)
RBI - David Peralta 3 (22)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Miguel Montero (11, Interference), Brad Ziegler (2, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chase Anderson 6511131 3.19
Oliver Perez 1000020 1.87
Brad Ziegler (L,4-2) 0.1342000 3.05
Matt Stites 0.2000000 5.74
Randall Delgado 0.1133100 5.61
Eury De La Rosa 0.2200020 2.77
HBP - A. McCutchen (by Randall Delgado)
Pitches-Strikes - Chase Anderson 99-64, Oliver Perez 13-9, Brad Ziegler 24-15, Matt Stites 11-6, Randall Delgado 18-8, Eury De La Rosa 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chase Anderson 8-7, Brad Ziegler 2-0, Matt Stites 2-0, Randall Delgado 1-0
Batters Faced - Chase Anderson 24, Oliver Perez 3, Brad Ziegler 6, Matt Stites 2, Randall Delgado 4, Eury De La Rosa 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33151
Game Time - 3:30
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Pat Hoberg, Third Base - Lance Barrett