Bell homers twice to lead Pirates past Diamondbacks 6-2

PHOENIX (AP) Josh Bell is on the best hitting streak of his career, and the Pittsburgh Pirates are along for the ride.

Bell homered twice and Joe Musgrove allowed one hit through seven strong innings as the Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 Tuesday night.

Phoenix native Cole Tucker hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to cap off the victory. The 22-year-old rookie gleefully circled the bases in front of a large gathering of family and friends, and received a hearty welcome from his teammates in the dugout.

The Pirates snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Diamondbacks that dated to last season. Pittsburgh has won four of its last five.

Bell is on a career-best 14-game hitting streak, and is batting .421 over that span with seven doubles, six home runs and 21 runs batted in, including the four he picked up Tuesday.

''Just trying to sync up fastballs, get on a starter's fastball and understanding how guys are going to attack me and sell out to an approach and just go from there,'' Bell said. ''It feels like I'm living in a dream a little bit.''

Carson Kelly homered with two outs in the eighth and Adam Jones drove in David Peralta in the ninth to account for the Diamondbacks' runs.

Starling Marte scored the game's first run in the top of the third, hustling home from third base on Bell's fielder's choice. Bell's fourth-inning homer to straightaway center off Arizona starter Luke Weaver came with two out and Gregory Polanco on base.

The only hit Musgrove (2-4) allowed was a fourth-inning single to Eduardo Escobar. He struck out five and walked two after allowing 13 total earned runs in his previous two starts.

''We've lost a lot of games to these guys consecutively, so it feels good to be the guy to come in and put a stop to that,'' Musgrove said. ''The bounce-back outings are really important.''

Bell had his second multi-home run game in 10 days. His second homer landed high up in the seats in right field and came on the first pitch of the eighth inning by Diamondbacks reliever Zack Godley.

Bell raised his season home run total to a team-best 12.

Tucker's second home run of the season was a two-run shot off Godley that just cleared the fence in right field. In between innings, the Pirates' position players stayed in the dugout briefly to let Tucker run out to shortstop by himself while the crowd behind the Pittsburgh dugout cheered.

Melky Cabrera had three hits for the Pirates, and is 28 for 63 with a.444 average in 15 career games at Chase Field. Marte added a pair of doubles.

''Just a fun night for the Buccos,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ''Bell is just mauling the ball.''

Diamondbacks starter Luke Weaver (3-2) allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings. Arizona has lost four of five.

''We couldn't get anything going offensively,'' Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. ''Their starting pitcher was effective with early count pitches and kind of beating us to the spot.''

TUCKER'S TIME

Tucker was still giddy in the visiting clubhouse after the game about his home run at the ballpark he grew up going to for Diamondbacks games.

''It was nuts, man. I couldn't even play it cool. I tried to, but the 12-year-old in me came out and I was just smiling and cheesing and laughing,'' Tucker said. ''Literally audibly laughing. I couldn't have drawn it up any better.''

Tucker homered in his major-league debut earlier this season, and his second homer came in his hometown. He was incredulous to hear that Diamondbacks legend and Hall-of-Famer Randy Johnson was at the game in the broadcast booth, and said that to hit a home run at Chase Field ''means the world to me.''

''I always dreamed about winning baseball games in this stadium,'' he said. ''It was really fun to do that tonight.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: OF-IF Lonnie Chisenhall (calf strain) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Chris Archer (1-2, 4.33 earned run average) is expected to be reinstated from the 10-day injured list for his sixth start of the season Wednesday afternoon against Arizona. He's been dealing with thumb pain in his throwing hand.

Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (5-1, 3.16 ERA) takes the mound against the Pirates needing nine strikeouts to reach 2,500 in his career.

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  • W: J. Musgrove (2-4)L: L. Weaver (3-2)
  • HR: PIT - J. Bell 2 (12), C. Tucker (2), ARI - C. Kelly (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Frazier 2B40000103.252.314.357.6711.0
S. Marte CF51300001.265.297.439.7366.0
G. Polanco RF51100023.308.366.508.8741.0
J. Bell 1B42242112.329.401.6921.09314.5
M. Cabrera LF41300001.342.379.479.8584.0
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a- J. Elmore PH10000012.333.333.333.667-0.5
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C. Moran 3B40100013.239.320.386.7060.5
E. Diaz C40000003.135.158.162.3200.0
C. Tucker SS41121012.182.229.318.5476.5
J. Musgrove P20000120.077.200.077.2770.0
b- B. Reynolds PH-LF10000000.300.333.450.7830.0
  • a-struck out for Rodriguez in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Musgrove in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Marte CF30000100.256.320.494.8141.0
E. Escobar 3B40100021.288.359.525.8840.0
D. Peralta LF41100012.324.365.540.9051.5
A. Jones RF40110012.270.333.491.8241.5
W. Flores 2B40000021.270.313.377.690-1.0
C. Walker 1B30000010.286.360.565.924-0.5
N. Ahmed SS20000100.247.300.403.7031.0
C. Kelly C31111001.250.316.486.8036.0
L. Weaver P10000010.067.063.267.329-0.5
a- A. Avila PH10000000.333.533.7141.2480.0
Z. Godley P0000-000.273.333.273.000-
b- B. Swihart PH10000010.196.274.375.649-0.5
G. Holland P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Weaver in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Godley in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Marte 2 (7)
  • HR - J. Bell 2 (12), C. Tucker (2)
  • RBI - J. Bell 4 (39), C. Tucker 2 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bell 2 (12), C. Tucker 2 (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier 3 (3), J. Bell, J. Elmore 2 (2), C. Moran 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - C. Kelly (3)
  • RBI - A. Jones (24), C. Kelly (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Jones (11), C. Kelly (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Jones, W. Flores, C. Kelly
FIELDING
  • DP - (Tucker-Frazier-Bell)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (W, 2-4)7.01002503.591.1130.5
R. Rodriguez1.01110214.341.502.0
M. Feliz1.02110207.361.771.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (W, 2-4)7.0
R. Rodriguez1.0
M. Feliz1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Weaver (L, 3-2)6.07332513.161.116.5
Z. Godley2.03330127.651.730.5
G. Holland1.01001201.801.072.0
PITCHERSIP
L. Weaver (L, 3-2)6.0
Z. Godley2.0
G. Holland1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 75-48, R. Rodriguez 19-13, M. Feliz 23-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 6-9, M. Feliz 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 23, R. Rodriguez 4, M. Feliz 5
PITCHING
  • IBB - G. Holland (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Weaver 103-65, Z. Godley 36-24, G. Holland 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Weaver 3-10, Z. Godley 3-2, G. Holland 1-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Weaver 27, Z. Godley 9, G. Holland 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Frazier 2B40000103.252.314.357.6711.0
S. Marte CF51300001.265.297.439.7366.0
G. Polanco RF51100023.308.366.508.8741.0
J. Bell 1B42242112.329.401.6921.09314.5
M. Cabrera LF41300001.342.379.479.8584.0
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Elmore PH10000012.333.333.333.667-0.5
M. Feliz P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Moran 3B40100013.239.320.386.7060.5
E. Diaz C40000003.135.158.162.3200.0
C. Tucker SS41121012.182.229.318.5476.5
J. Musgrove P20000120.077.200.077.2770.0
b- B. Reynolds PH-LF10000000.300.333.450.7830.0
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  • a-struck out for Rodriguez in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Musgrove in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Marte CF30000100.256.320.494.8141.0
E. Escobar 3B40100021.288.359.525.8840.0
D. Peralta LF41100012.324.365.540.9051.5
A. Jones RF40110012.270.333.491.8241.5
W. Flores 2B40000021.270.313.377.690-1.0
C. Walker 1B30000010.286.360.565.924-0.5
N. Ahmed SS20000100.247.300.403.7031.0
C. Kelly C31111001.250.316.486.8036.0
L. Weaver P10000010.067.063.267.329-0.5
a- A. Avila PH10000000.333.533.7141.2480.0
Z. Godley P0000-000.273.333.273.000-
b- B. Swihart PH10000010.196.274.375.649-0.5
G. Holland P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Weaver in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Godley in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Marte 2 (7)
  • HR - J. Bell 2 (12), C. Tucker (2)
  • RBI - J. Bell 4 (39), C. Tucker 2 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bell 2 (12), C. Tucker 2 (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier 3 (3), J. Bell, J. Elmore 2 (2), C. Moran 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - C. Kelly (3)
  • RBI - A. Jones (24), C. Kelly (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Jones (11), C. Kelly (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Jones, W. Flores, C. Kelly
FIELDING
  • DP - (Tucker-Frazier-Bell)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (W, 2-4)7.01002503.591.1130.5
R. Rodriguez1.01110214.341.502.0
M. Feliz1.02110207.361.771.0
Total9.0422291---
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (W, 2-4)7.0
R. Rodriguez1.0
M. Feliz1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Weaver (L, 3-2)6.07332513.161.116.5
Z. Godley2.03330127.651.730.5
G. Holland1.01001201.801.072.0
Total9.01166383---
PITCHERSIP
L. Weaver (L, 3-2)6.0
Z. Godley2.0
G. Holland1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 75-48, R. Rodriguez 19-13, M. Feliz 23-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 6-9, M. Feliz 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 23, R. Rodriguez 4, M. Feliz 5
PITCHING
  • IBB - G. Holland (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Weaver 103-65, Z. Godley 36-24, G. Holland 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Weaver 3-10, Z. Godley 3-2, G. Holland 1-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Weaver 27, Z. Godley 9, G. Holland 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Jones singled to right, Peralta scored62
  • 8TH INNING
    Kelly homered to right61
    Tucker homered to right center, Cabrera scored60
    Bell homered to right40
  • 5TH INNING
    Bell homered to center, Polanco scored30
  • 3RD INNING
    Bell reached on fielder's choice to first, Marte scored, Polanco out at second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Greg Holland pitching
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier grounded out to first
    • S. Marte: Foul, Strike looking, Marte doubled to left center
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Bell intentionally walked
    • Jake Elmore hit for Richard Rodriguez
    • J. Elmore: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Elmore struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Michael Feliz pitching
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte grounded out to pitcher
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
    • D. Peralta: Peralta singled to center
    • A. Jones: Ball, Peralta to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Jones singled to right, Peralta scored
    • W. Flores: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Flores struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Z. Godley Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Bell homered to right
    • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Foul, Cabrera singled to right
    • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • E. Diaz: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Diaz lined out to second
    • C. Tucker: Tucker homered to right center, Cabrera scored
    • Bryan Reynolds hit for Joe Musgrove
    • B. Reynolds: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Richard Rodriguez pitching
    • C. Walker: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Walker struck out on foul tip
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Ahmed lined out to right
    • C. Kelly: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kelly homered to right
    • Blake Swihart hit for Zack Godley
    • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Swihart struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Zack Godley pitching
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Frazier flied out to deep right
    • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marte grounded out to third
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Peralta lined out to right
    • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
    • W. Flores: Ball, Flores flied out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Diaz lined out to right
    • C. Tucker: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Tucker grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Musgrove: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Musgrove struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Alex Avila hit for Luke Weaver
    • A. Avila: Ball, Ball, Avila grounded out to first
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Marte grounded out to second
    • E. Escobar: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte popped out to second
    • G. Polanco: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Polanco reached on fielder's choice to second, Frazier out at second
    • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bell homered to center, Polanco scored
    • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cabrera singled to left
    • C. Moran: Moran lined out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Strike looking, Flores grounded out to first
    • C. Walker: Foul, Walker grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ahmed walked
    • C. Kelly: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kelly flied out to left
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Diaz lined out to center
    • C. Tucker: Strike looking, Tucker lined out to right
    • J. Musgrove: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Musgrove struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar singled to left
    • D. Peralta: Peralta lined out to center
    • A. Jones: Ball, Foul, Jones grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Escobar out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Marte singled to right center
    • G. Polanco: Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Polanco singled to right, Marte to third
    • J. Bell: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bell reached on fielder's choice to first, Marte scored, Polanco out at second
    • M. Cabrera: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Cabrera flied out to left
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Foul, Moran flied out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • C. Kelly: Ball, Kelly flied out to right
    • L. Weaver: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Weaver struck out swinging
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Marte flied out to deep right
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera singled to center
    • C. Moran: Moran reached on bunt single to third, Cabrera to second
    • E. Diaz: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Diaz popped out to first
    • C. Tucker: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Tucker struck out swinging
    • J. Musgrove: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Musgrove walked, Cabrera to third, Moran to second
    • A. Frazier: Frazier popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Flores struck out swinging
    • C. Walker: Ball, Foul, Walker flied out to right
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ahmed lined out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Frazier popped out to shortstop
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Marte doubled to deep left
    • G. Polanco: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul tip, Bell struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Marte walked
    • E. Escobar: Escobar flied out to center
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
    • A. Jones: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Jones reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Marte out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)