Buchholz cruises before injury, Diamondbacks top Bucs 3-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) Everything was going Clay Buchholz's way. Then, a swing-and-miss led to an injury that turned what could have been a gem into a routine solid outing.

Buchholz lasted five innings before experiencing tightness in his left side, but the Arizona Diamondbacks completed a four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 3-0 win Sunday.

The right-hander retired the first 11 batters he faced before Pirates centerfielder Starling Marte doubled down the right-field line with two out in the fourth inning. Despite throwing just 53 pitches (42 strikes), he was pulled to start the sixth inning after informing manager Torey Lovullo of some pain stemming from swinging at the first pitch of his at bat in the top of the fifth.

''I've had oblique, whatever it is, before. It was a lot worse than this one,'' Buchholz said. ''I went out (in the bottom of the fifth) and the last two outs, that's whenever I felt it a little bit more. I was just trying to get through that inning. It's more precautionary. I've gone through things before where I've tried to get through it, pitch through it and go another inning, but that's always led me in the wrong direction.''

Lovullo said Buchholz (2-1), who allowed two hits with five strikeouts in five innings for his first win since June 1, would continue to be evaluated throughout Sunday. More information is expected Monday.

''He was attacking the zone with the fastball and driving his fastball on both sides of the plate, and then throwing some quality secondary stuff,'' Lovullo said. ''We want to give him a night to let everything calm down and evaluate him.''

David Peralta's 15th home run, which carried over the wall in right-center field before bouncing into the Allegheny River, and John Ryan Murphy's ninth powered Arizona to its 12th win in 16 games.

''It's nice to get a couple runs in the first, always,'' Murphy said. ''I was leading off the second and was looking for a fastball. Got one in a pretty good spot.''

Brad Boxberger let up a single to Austin Meadows with one out in the ninth before forcing Marte into a double play for his 17th save.

Pirates right-handed starter Trevor Williams (6-5) took the loss after allowing the two-run home run to Peralta with two out in the first inning and a lead-off solo homer to Murphy, which made it 3-0 in the second. Those three runs came on five hits in six innings pitched with six strikeouts.

''Unfortunately, that was the game today,'' Williams said. ''From there on, I thought I was making all my pitches and being successful the second time through the lineup.''

Pittsburgh has scored eight combined runs during its current five-game losing streak after winning four of its previous five games.

''We're going to keep playing,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''The season's not going to stop. Nobody's going to feel sorry for us. These guys are working hard in here to get better. We haven't gotten better.''

ROSTER MOVE

Diamondbacks: RHP Braden Shipley was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Sunday morning. RHP Jake Barrett was optioned to Reno following the game Saturday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: 1B Paul Goldschmidt was given the day off after homering and scoring three runs Saturday. INF Daniel Descalso took over at first base and hit fifth.

Pirates: RHP Michael Feliz was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on Sunday and recalled RHP Clay Holmes from Triple-A Indianapolis. Holmes allowed one walk in two innings of relief.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller (0-0, 0.00) is expected to come off the 60-day disabled list to make his season debut against the Marlins on Monday. After undergoing Tommy John surgery for a torn UCL sustained last season against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Miller allowed 10 runs on 20 hits with 28 strikeouts and six walks in a combined 19 1/3 innings during his four rehab starts, two with Double-A Jackson and two with Single-A Visalia.

Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (4-6, 4.03) will look to find some consistency when he starts against the New York Mets on Monday. He is 2-6 since winning his first two starts of the season against the Minnesota Twins on April 2 and the Cincinnati Reds on April 8.

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  • W: C. Buchholz (2-1)L: T. Williams (6-5)S: B. Boxberger (17)
  • HR: ARI - J. Murphy (9), D. Peralta (15)
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K. Marte 2B40000001.241.295.406.7010.0
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D. Descalso 1B40100021.266.365.500.8650.0
J. Murphy C31111102.242.289.508.7977.0
C. Owings RF30000022.187.258.285.543-1.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Harrison 2B40100010.272.314.387.7011.5
    A. Meadows RF40100021.327.353.555.9080.0
    S. Marte CF40100012.273.325.458.7831.5
    C. Moran 3B30000021.265.346.417.763-1.0
    C. Dickerson LF30000010.299.335.447.781-0.5
    E. Diaz C30000000.288.336.462.7980.0
    J. Bell 1B30200000.248.329.376.7052.0
    S. Rodriguez SS30000022.145.270.274.544-1.0
    T. Williams P10000000.080.080.080.1600.0
    a- J. Osuna PH10000000.179.200.359.5590.0
    C. Holmes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    E. Santana P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    • a-flied out for Williams in the 6th
    • b-flied out for Holmes in the 8th
    BATTING
    • HR - D. Peralta (15), J. Murphy (9)
    • RBI - D. Peralta 2 (43), J. Murphy (19)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. Peralta 2 (18)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Harrison (6), S. Marte (12)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Ahmed-Marte-Descalso; Marte-Ahmed-Descalso)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Harrison-Rodriguez-Bell; Harrison-Rodriguez-Bell)
    • E - C. Moran (6)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Buchholz (W, 2-1)5.02000502.560.9622.5
    A. Chafin (H, 10)1.21000401.571.124.0
    Y. Hirano (H, 16)1.11000001.320.972.0
    B. Boxberger (S, 17)1.01000003.621.359.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Buchholz (W, 2-1)5.0
    A. Chafin (H, 10)1.2
    Y. Hirano (H, 16)1.1
    B. Boxberger (S, 17)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Williams (L, 6-5)6.05330624.031.2011.0
    C. Holmes2.00001002.251.255.0
    E. Santana1.01000103.581.012.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Williams (L, 6-5)6.0
    C. Holmes2.0
    E. Santana1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Buchholz 53-42, A. Chafin 29-20, Y. Hirano 15-11, B. Boxberger 10-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Buchholz 6-4, Y. Hirano 2-1, B. Boxberger 2-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Buchholz 17, A. Chafin 6, Y. Hirano 4, B. Boxberger 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 76-53, C. Holmes 20-13, E. Santana 18-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 10-2, C. Holmes 5-0, E. Santana 1-1
    • Batters Faced - T. Williams 23, C. Holmes 6, E. Santana 4
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    J. Dyson CF40100001.184.280.259.5391.0
    K. Marte 2B40000001.241.295.406.7010.0
    J. Lamb 3B41200000.228.320.378.6983.0
    D. Peralta LF41121011.278.341.509.8506.5
    D. Descalso 1B40100021.266.365.500.8650.0
    J. Murphy C31111102.242.289.508.7977.0
    C. Owings RF30000022.187.258.285.543-1.0
    Y. Hirano P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    B. Boxberger P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    N. Ahmed SS30000011.216.277.412.689-0.5
    C. Buchholz P20000011.083.083.083.167-0.5
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    J. Jay RF10000000.311.377.395.7720.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Harrison 2B40100010.272.314.387.7011.5
      A. Meadows RF40100021.327.353.555.9080.0
      S. Marte CF40100012.273.325.458.7831.5
      C. Moran 3B30000021.265.346.417.763-1.0
      C. Dickerson LF30000010.299.335.447.781-0.5
      E. Diaz C30000000.288.336.462.7980.0
      J. Bell 1B30200000.248.329.376.7052.0
      S. Rodriguez SS30000022.145.270.274.544-1.0
      T. Williams P10000000.080.080.080.1600.0
      a- J. Osuna PH10000000.179.200.359.5590.0
      C. Holmes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      E. Santana P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      • a-flied out for Williams in the 6th
      • b-flied out for Holmes in the 8th
      BATTING
      • HR - D. Peralta (15), J. Murphy (9)
      • RBI - D. Peralta 2 (43), J. Murphy (19)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Peralta 2 (18)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Harrison (6), S. Marte (12)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Ahmed-Marte-Descalso; Marte-Ahmed-Descalso)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Harrison-Rodriguez-Bell; Harrison-Rodriguez-Bell)
      • E - C. Moran (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Buchholz (W, 2-1)5.02000502.560.9622.5
      A. Chafin (H, 10)1.21000401.571.124.0
      Y. Hirano (H, 16)1.11000001.320.972.0
      B. Boxberger (S, 17)1.01000003.621.359.0
      Total9.0500090---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Buchholz (W, 2-1)5.0
      A. Chafin (H, 10)1.2
      Y. Hirano (H, 16)1.1
      B. Boxberger (S, 17)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Williams (L, 6-5)6.05330624.031.2011.0
      C. Holmes2.00001002.251.255.0
      E. Santana1.01000103.581.012.5
      Total9.0633172---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Williams (L, 6-5)6.0
      C. Holmes2.0
      E. Santana1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Buchholz 53-42, A. Chafin 29-20, Y. Hirano 15-11, B. Boxberger 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Buchholz 6-4, Y. Hirano 2-1, B. Boxberger 2-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Buchholz 17, A. Chafin 6, Y. Hirano 4, B. Boxberger 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 76-53, C. Holmes 20-13, E. Santana 18-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 10-2, C. Holmes 5-0, E. Santana 1-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Williams 23, C. Holmes 6, E. Santana 4
      • 2ND INNING
        Murphy homered to left30
      • 1ST INNING
        Peralta homered to right center, Lamb scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Edgar Santana pitching
        • J. Lamb: Lamb singled to center
        • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Peralta grounded out to second, Lamb to second
        • D. Descalso: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
        • J. Murphy: Foul, Ball, Murphy flied out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Brad Boxberger relieved Yoshihisa Hirano
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Harrison grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Meadows: Foul, Ball, Meadows singled to right center
        • S. Marte: Strike looking, Marte grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Meadows out at second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • C. Holmes Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Jay grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Dyson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dyson grounded out to first
        • K. Marte: Marte grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Hirano Pitching:
        • J. Bell: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell singled to center
        • S. Rodriguez: Rodriguez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bell out at second
        • Gregory Polanco hit for Clay Holmes
        • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Polanco flied out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Clay Holmes pitching
        • J. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Murphy walked
        • C. Owings: Strike looking, Foul, Owings grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Murphy out at second
        • N. Ahmed: Ahmed grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Chafin Pitching:
        • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Dickerson struck out looking
        • Jon Jay in right field
        • Yoshihisa Hirano pitching
        • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Diaz grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • J. Lamb: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lamb grounded out to first
        • D. Peralta: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Descalso flied out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Andrew Chafin relieved Clay Buchholz
        • Jose Osuna hit for Trevor Williams
        • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Osuna flied out to right
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Harrison doubled to left
        • A. Meadows: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
        • S. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • C. Buchholz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Buchholz struck out swinging
        • J. Dyson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dyson lined out to left
        • K. Marte: Strike looking, Marte grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Buchholz Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Dickerson grounded out to second
        • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to second
        • J. Bell: Ball, Bell singled to right center
        • S. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • D. Descalso: Descalso singled to left center
        • J. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Murphy reached on fielder's choice to third, Descalso out at second
        • C. Owings: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
        • N. Ahmed: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ahmed struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Buchholz Pitching:
        • J. Harrison: Harrison grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
        • S. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Marte doubled to deep right
        • C. Moran: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Lamb: Strike looking, Lamb grounded out to second
        • D. Peralta: Ball, Ball, Peralta grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Buchholz Pitching:
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Bell grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Rodriguez: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
        • T. Williams: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Williams flied out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • J. Murphy: Murphy homered to left
        • C. Owings: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
        • N. Ahmed: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ahmed safe at first on 3rd baseman Moran fielding error
        • C. Buchholz: Buchholz reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Ahmed out at second
        • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Ball, Dyson grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • C. Buchholz Pitching:
        • C. Moran: Moran flied out to left
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dickerson grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • J. Dyson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dyson singled to right
        • K. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Marte grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Dyson out at second
        • J. Lamb: Ball, Strike looking, Lamb singled to right
        • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Ball, Peralta homered to right center, Lamb scored
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Buchholz Pitching:
        • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Meadows lined out to left
        • S. Marte: Foul, Foul, Marte flied out to deep center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)