Taillon sharp, Pirates beat Diamondbacks 5-4 to avoid sweep

PHOENIX (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates had what looked like an out turn into a home run. They made a couple of questionable decisions, endured some nerve-wracking moments in the ninth inning.

But they're leaving Arizona with a win, which is all that really matters. Everything else can wait.

Jordy Mercer homered and had three RBIs, Jameson Taillon pitched seven effective innings and the Pirates avoided a sweep with a 5-4 victory over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

''We won. Let's get on a plane and go home,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''We can peel back the layers later.''

The Pirates blew a five-run lead in the opener and were knocked for 13 runs in the second game. Pittsburgh ended Arizona's sweep bid with a four-run second inning against Zack Greinke (5-5) and a sterling performance by Taillon (4-5).

Taillon gave up a two-run homer to David Peralta in the first inning when the ball popped out of left fielder Austin Meadows' glove and over the wall. Taillon got better as the game went along, working out of a jam in the second inning and allowing two runs on six hits to help end Arizona's five-game winning streak.

Felipe Vazquez gave up a two-run single to pinch-hitter Jon Jay in the ninth before striking out Jake Lamb with the bases loaded for his 12th save.

''When you run into a team that's pesky with two strikes, they're tough to put away,'' Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. ''You're going to run into some situations when you make mistakes.''

Taillon has enjoyed pitching in the afternoon, entering Wednesday's game 8-2, including 3-0 on the road before the sun goes down. He got an unfortunate break in the first inning, when Peralta's deep shot caromed out of Meadows' glove as he leaped near the wall.

Taillon struck out Paul Goldschmidt with the bases loaded to end the second inning and struck out four.

''It was a weird start, but I felt really good,'' Taillon said. ''I kind of had that mindset, like let's see if I could get my pitch count right through six.''

Greinke has been dominant at Chase Field the past two seasons, going 16-1 with 2.53 ERA at Chase Field since 2017.

Arizona's ace struggled with his command against the Pirates, walking four while striking out seven. Greinke walked two in Pittsburgh's four-run second inning, giving up a two-run double to Mercer and a run-scoring double to Josh Bell. Mercer hit a solo homer in the fourth to put Pittsburgh up 5-2.

Greinke was lifted after walking two in the fifth to load the bases with two outs. He allowed five runs on five hits and struck out seven.

''I felt good, but every time I put a pitch over the plate, they hit it good,'' said Greinke, who had not lost at Chase Field since last Aug. 9 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. ''As long as I'm able to make good pitches it's fine, but I wasn't able to do that every time.''

MEADOWS' MISCUE

One of the things the Pirates will look at when they get home is Meadows' miscue that led to Peralta's home run. He leaped to catch the ball just before colliding with the wall, but the ball appeared to carom out before contact was made.

''I haven't said anything to him; we'll show him the video,'' Hurdle said. ''There's room to go get the ball and it kind of looked like it was the fence or he drifted on the ball, there was hesitation. He had time to get under that ball or at least get to it quicker.''

DIAMONDBACKS MOVES

Arizona reinstated C Jeff Mathis from paternity leave and optioned RHP Braden Shipley to Triple-A Reno. Mathis' wife, Jenna, gave birth to their second daughter on Sunday.

TRAINER'S TABLE

Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli returned to the lineup after missing three games while being monitored for post-concussion symptoms. He was struck on the mask by a foul ball Saturday against the Chicago Cubs.

Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (strained right oblique) is expected to throw about 50 pitches in his rehab start with Single-A Visalia on Thursday.

UP NEXT

The Pirates have a day off before right-hander Chad Kuhl the Cincinnati Reds Friday at home. Kuhl is 1-1 with a 2.78 ERA in four career starts against the Reds.

Arizona RHP Matt Koch is 2-0 with a 5.29 ERA his past three starts heading into Thursday's game against the New York Mets.

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  • W: J. Taillon (4-5)L: Z. Greinke (5-5)S: F. Vazquez (12)
  • HR: PIT - J. Mercer (4), ARI - D. Peralta (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Harrison 2B50010011.293.342.407.7490.5
A. Meadows LF40000021.329.356.622.978-1.0
S. Marte CF30100110.286.343.477.8202.5
C. Moran 3B31100121.270.357.411.7682.0
F. Cervelli C21000210.263.389.513.9012.5
J. Bell 1B41110013.244.328.382.7113.5
G. Polanco RF31100110.204.306.408.7142.5
J. Mercer SS41231001.264.328.413.74110.0
J. Taillon P30000022.087.125.130.255-1.0
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a- C. Dickerson PH10000000.310.343.464.8070.0
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Santana in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay RF41220100.301.367.375.7416.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B40100114.258.369.500.8691.5
J. Lamb 3B50000015.209.315.385.699-0.5
D. Peralta LF41121011.274.335.485.8206.5
K. Marte 2B40200010.249.302.412.7141.5
J. Dyson CF30000001.191.293.274.5670.0
a- C. Owings PH01000100.193.270.301.5722.0
N. Ahmed SS41100002.223.276.417.6932.0
J. Mathis C30000123.180.320.230.5500.0
Z. Greinke P20100010.250.333.333.6670.5
T. McFarland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Avila PH10000001.118.241.183.4240.0
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c- J. Murphy PH00000100.257.297.533.8311.0
D. Marrero PR00000000.153.205.194.4000.0
  • a-walked for Dyson in the 9th
  • b-lined out for McFarland in the 7th
  • c-walked for Bracho in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Marte (10), J. Bell (15), J. Mercer (15)
  • HR - J. Mercer (4)
  • RBI - J. Harrison (16), J. Bell (36), J. Mercer 3 (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Mercer (4)
BATTING
  • HR - D. Peralta (12)
  • RBI - J. Jay 2 (23), D. Peralta 2 (34)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Jay 2 (13), D. Peralta 2 (14)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Harrison-Bell)
  • PB - F. Cervelli (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Goldschmidt-Ahmed)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon (W, 4-5)7.06222413.941.2023.0
E. Santana (H, 7)1.00000103.450.943.5
F. Vazquez (S, 12)1.02223204.731.584.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon (W, 4-5)7.0
E. Santana (H, 7)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 12)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Greinke (L, 5-5)4.25554713.871.15-3.5
T. McFarland2.11001402.321.226.0
A. Chafin1.00000001.931.243.0
S. Bracho1.00000001.420.713.0
PITCHERSIP
Z. Greinke (L, 5-5)4.2
T. McFarland2.1
A. Chafin1.0
S. Bracho1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - F. Vazquez (3)
  • IBB - F. Vazquez
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 108-72, E. Santana 15-8, F. Vazquez 36-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 7-9, E. Santana 1-1, F. Vazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 28, E. Santana 3, F. Vazquez 8
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 101-58, T. McFarland 37-21, A. Chafin 10-7, S. Bracho 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 4-3, T. McFarland 1-1, A. Chafin 1-2, S. Bracho 1-2
  • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 23, T. McFarland 8, A. Chafin 3, S. Bracho 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Harrison 2B50010011.293.342.407.7490.5
A. Meadows LF40000021.329.356.622.978-1.0
S. Marte CF30100110.286.343.477.8202.5
C. Moran 3B31100121.270.357.411.7682.0
F. Cervelli C21000210.263.389.513.9012.5
J. Bell 1B41110013.244.328.382.7113.5
G. Polanco RF31100110.204.306.408.7142.5
J. Mercer SS41231001.264.328.413.74110.0
J. Taillon P30000022.087.125.130.255-1.0
E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Dickerson PH10000000.310.343.464.8070.0
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Santana in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay RF41220100.301.367.375.7416.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B40100114.258.369.500.8691.5
J. Lamb 3B50000015.209.315.385.699-0.5
D. Peralta LF41121011.274.335.485.8206.5
K. Marte 2B40200010.249.302.412.7141.5
J. Dyson CF30000001.191.293.274.5670.0
a- C. Owings PH01000100.193.270.301.5722.0
N. Ahmed SS41100002.223.276.417.6932.0
J. Mathis C30000123.180.320.230.5500.0
Z. Greinke P20100010.250.333.333.6670.5
T. McFarland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Avila PH10000001.118.241.183.4240.0
A. Chafin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Bracho P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- J. Murphy PH00000100.257.297.533.8311.0
D. Marrero PR00000000.153.205.194.4000.0
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  • a-walked for Dyson in the 9th
  • b-lined out for McFarland in the 7th
  • c-walked for Bracho in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Marte (10), J. Bell (15), J. Mercer (15)
  • HR - J. Mercer (4)
  • RBI - J. Harrison (16), J. Bell (36), J. Mercer 3 (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Mercer (4)
BATTING
  • HR - D. Peralta (12)
  • RBI - J. Jay 2 (23), D. Peralta 2 (34)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Jay 2 (13), D. Peralta 2 (14)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Harrison-Bell)
  • PB - F. Cervelli (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Goldschmidt-Ahmed)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon (W, 4-5)7.06222413.941.2023.0
E. Santana (H, 7)1.00000103.450.943.5
F. Vazquez (S, 12)1.02223204.731.584.0
Total9.0844571---
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon (W, 4-5)7.0
E. Santana (H, 7)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 12)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Greinke (L, 5-5)4.25554713.871.15-3.5
T. McFarland2.11001402.321.226.0
A. Chafin1.00000001.931.243.0
S. Bracho1.00000001.420.713.0
Total9.06555111---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Greinke (L, 5-5)4.2
T. McFarland2.1
A. Chafin1.0
S. Bracho1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - F. Vazquez (3)
  • IBB - F. Vazquez
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 108-72, E. Santana 15-8, F. Vazquez 36-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 7-9, E. Santana 1-1, F. Vazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 28, E. Santana 3, F. Vazquez 8
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 101-58, T. McFarland 37-21, A. Chafin 10-7, S. Bracho 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 4-3, T. McFarland 1-1, A. Chafin 1-2, S. Bracho 1-2
  • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 23, T. McFarland 8, A. Chafin 3, S. Bracho 3
  • 9TH INNING
    Jay singled to left, Owings and Ahmed scored, Marrero to third, Jay to second54
  • 4TH INNING
    Mercer homered to right52
  • 2ND INNING
    Harrison grounded out to third, Polanco scored, Mercer to third42
    Mercer doubled to deep left, Cervelli and Bell scored, Polanco to third32
    Bell doubled to deep left, Moran scored, Cervelli to third12
  • 1ST INNING
    Peralta homered to left center, Jay scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Silvino Bracho relieved Andrew Chafin
    • J. Mercer: Mercer popped out to shortstop
    • Corey Dickerson hit for Edgar Santana
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Dickerson grounded out to second
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Harrison popped out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Felipe Vazquez pitching
    • K. Marte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marte singled to left
    • Chris Owings hit for Jarrod Dyson
    • C. Owings: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Owings walked, Marte to second
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Ahmed reached on fielder's choice to third, Marte out at third, Owings to second
    • J. Mathis: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
    • John Ryan Murphy hit for Silvino Bracho
    • J. Murphy: Ball, Owings to third, Ahmed to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Murphy walked
    • Deven Marrero ran for John Ryan Murphy
    • J. Jay: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Jay singled to left, Owings and Ahmed scored, Marrero to third, Jay to second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt intentionally walked
    • J. Lamb: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lamb struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Andrew Chafin pitching
    • F. Cervelli: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Cervelli flied out to deep center
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bell fouled out to first
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Polanco grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Edgar Santana relieved Jameson Taillon
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Goldschmidt grounded out to third
    • J. Lamb: Ball, Ball, Lamb lined out to left
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • T. McFarland Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Harrison lined out to right
    • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Meadows struck out looking
    • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Marte walked
    • C. Moran: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • J. Mathis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mathis walked
    • Alex Avila hit for T.J. McFarland
    • A. Avila: Ball, Strike looking, Avila lined into double play second to first, Mathis out at first
    • J. Jay: Strike swinging, Jay grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. McFarland Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Polanco reached on an infield single to second
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Mercer grounded into double play shortstop to first, Polanco out at second
    • J. Taillon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Taillon struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Marte lined out to left
    • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Dyson grounded out to second
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ahmed flied out to deep right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Harrison lined out to left
    • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
    • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte doubled to deep center
    • C. Moran: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moran walked
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cervelli walked, Marte to third, Moran to second
    • T.J. McFarland relieved Zack Greinke
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay grounded out to second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Goldschmidt singled to left center
    • J. Lamb: Lamb flied out to deep left
    • D. Peralta: Strike swinging, Peralta grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Bell lined out to shortstop
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Polanco struck out on foul tip
    • J. Mercer: Mercer homered to right
    • J. Taillon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Taillon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ahmed flied out to deep left
    • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
    • Z. Greinke: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Greinke struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Marte flied out to center
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moran struck out looking
    • F. Cervelli: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • J. Lamb: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lamb grounded out to first
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Peralta grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Marte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Marte reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Dyson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dyson grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • C. Moran: Ball, Moran singled to left center
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Cervelli walked, Moran to second
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bell doubled to deep left, Moran scored, Cervelli to third
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco walked
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mercer doubled to deep left, Cervelli and Bell scored, Polanco to third
    • J. Taillon: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Taillon grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Harrison grounded out to third, Polanco scored, Mercer to third
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Meadows grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • J. Dyson: Ball, Strike looking, Dyson flied out to right
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Ahmed reached on bunt single to shortstop
    • J. Mathis: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mathis popped out to second
    • Z. Greinke: Greinke singled to center, Ahmed to second
    • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ahmed to third, Greinke to second on passed ball, Foul, Ball, Jay walked
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Meadows grounded out to second
    • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Jay singled to shallow left
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Goldschmidt flied out to center
    • J. Lamb: Ball, Strike looking, Lamb flied out to left
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Foul, Peralta homered to left center, Jay scored
    • K. Marte: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)