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 Posted: Tue Aug 13th, 2013 01:22 am
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Pirates sign Kelly Shoppach

Aaron Gleeman

Aug 12, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

Adding some catching insurance for the stretch run, the Pirates have agreed to a minor-league deal with Kelly Shoppach.

Shoppach was released by the Mariners in mid-June and briefly latched on with the Nationals before opting out of his minor-league deal after three weeks at Triple-A.

He’ll head back to Triple-A for the Pirates, who recently called up former first-round pick Tony Sanchez to back up Russell Martin following Michael McKendry’s season-ending knee injury.



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Cardinals beat them in 14 innings last night. I still don't think the Cardinals are going to make it to the post season, though.

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Famous Mortimer wrote: Cardinals beat them in 14 innings last night. I still don't think the Cardinals are going to make it to the post season, though.
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Cardinals beat Pirates 4-3 in 14 innings
By R.B. FALLSTROM (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 3 hours ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Both teams all but cleared their benches trying to end it. One of the St. Louis Cardinals' substitutes finally came through.

Adron Chambers singled home the winning run in the 14th inning for his first RBI of the season, and the Cardinals outlasted the Pittsburgh Pirates and cut into their NL Central lead with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night.

''Oh man, that was amazing,'' Chambers said. ''If any one of these guys got that, they'd be jumping for joy just like I am inside.''

Sam Freeman (1-0) allowed a walk in a scoreless 14th for the Cardinals, who saddled the Pirates with their fourth straight loss and pulled within two games of them with a win in the 4-hour, 55-minute game.

''We had a lot of guys step up,'' St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. ''That was a big, big win. It was one of those ones you just felt you had to win somehow.''

Pittsburgh had four hits the first time through the order against Adam Wainwright and led 3-0 after two innings on homers by Andrew McCutchen and Jordy Mercer. They had six hits the rest of the way and couldn't quite recover from left fielder Starling Marte's dropped fly ball in the ninth.

''He's probably not in a good place right now,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''There's some hard lessons learned up here from time to time.''

Hurdle didn't want to put it all on Marte.

''We got nicked for a run. We had to play five more after that,'' Hurdle said. ''We threw everything out there, they threw everything out there.

''We let one probably get away from us.''

Both teams had chances in extra innings before the Cardinals, who had dropped four of five, cashed in.

Jon Jay singled off Jared Hughes (2-3) with one out in the 14th with his fourth hit. Jay stole second and then raced home and barely eluded the tag on Marte's relay to the plate.

Hughes was the Pirates' seventh pitcher. The Cardinals used six.

''If you were to know the outcome of the game, you'd prefer to save your arms in the bullpen,'' Pirates starter Charlie Morton said. ''They've been so good. You just hope to not put too much of a load on them.''

The Pirates loaded the bases with one out in the 13th before Seth Maness got Josh Harrison to ground into a double play.

Pittsburgh got two key outs in extra innings by forcing Maness to bat. Right fielder Josh Wilson was moved into a five-man infield before participating in a rare 6-9-3 double play to end the 11th.

Jeanmar Gomez finished his third scoreless inning by striking out Maness with the bases loaded in the 13th.

Maness was inserted into the cleanup spot following a double switch, replacing Matt Holliday, who slipped returning from a secondary lead and injured an ankle. X-rays were negative.

''I obviously need a little help up there,'' Maness said. ''I'll be a little more prepared next time.''

The Cardinals forced extra innings and gave Mark Melancon a blown save, aided by Marte, who dropped Daniel Descalso's routine fly ball for a two-base error with one out in the ninth. Descalso scored the tying run on Allen Craig's single.

Wainwright was the first National League pitcher to 13 wins but is 0-2 in four starts since then. He has worked seven innings in all of them although he needed 122 pitches against the Pirates.

He allowed three runs and five hits with six strikeouts and a season-high three walks.

Jay had three hits and an RBI for the Cardinals, who have been offensively challenged while going 2-5 on a 10-game homestand entering the Pirates series.

David Freese is 2 for 13 with the bases loaded after shattering his bat grounding into a double play that got the Cardinals on the board in the sixth. Morton threw one pitch behind Freese not long after getting a visit from pitching coach Ray Searage.

The Pirates' defense was perfectly placed behind reliever Bryan Morris for pinch-hitter Matt Adams' lineout to second baseman Neil Walker in shallow right field with two on to end the eighth.

Wainwright got three extra days' rest after lacking a put-away pitch in recent efforts. He still had to fight for outs, needing 33 pitches to get out of the first, although the Pirates had just two hits off him after Mercer's homer in the second.

Andrew Lambo was 0-3 with a pair of groundouts and a strikeout in his major league debut for the Pirates. He got the start after Jose Tabata was scratched with flu-like symptoms. Lambo has hit 31 homers at Double-A and Triple-A this year, tied for the most in the minors.

Morton allowed two runs in six innings against a team that has punished him. He entered 2-6 with a 6.30 ERA against St. Louis and has lost five consecutive decisions.

Notes: Cardinals C Yadier Molina took part in most field activities for the second day and plans on playing Thursday, the first day he is eligible to come off the DL from a right knee injury. St. Louis was 5-7 the first 12 games without Molina, who told reporters it has been tough watching. ... Wednesday's starters Francisco Liriano (12-5, 2.83) and St. Louis rookie Shelby Miller (11-7, 2.89) are both among the NL ERA leaders. Miller lasted just two pitches in his last outing when he was drilled on his pitching elbow on a liner by the Dodgers' Carl Crawford, but escaped with a bruise. ... Marte was hit by a pitch for the 20th time this season, when he led off the fifth. Before the game, Hurdle referred to Marte as a ''Pinata.''



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Liriano dominates, Pirates beat Cardinals 5-1
By R.B. FALLSTROM (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 6 hours ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- For the second time since the All-Star break, Francisco Liriano had dazzling stuff against St. Louis. The lefty shook off the worst outing of his career and saved the Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen, too.

''It was important because every game counts, especially after last night,'' Liriano said after throwing a four-hitter in a 5-1 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday night. ''It was a tough game last night and we had to put that one behind us and come ready to play.''

Pedro Alvarez and Garrett Jones homered for the Pirates, who snapped a season-worst four-game losing streak and took a three-game lead in the NL Central.

The Pirates had a five-run cushion after four innings against rookie Shelby Miller, who didn't miss a turn five days after getting drilled on the elbow and lasting just two pitches against the Dodgers. They're 8-4 against the Cardinals heading into the series finale matching starters A.J. Burnett and Lance Lynn.

''You give up five runs, you just get outpitched,'' Miller said. ''I mean, it's simple. I didn't do very good.''

Pittsburgh totaled just 10 runs during the losing streak and won in 2 hours, 30 minutes one night after losing 4-3 in 14 innings in a game that lasted 4:55. Pirates relievers worked eight innings Wednesday.

Starling Marte was the goat in that loss after dropping a routine fly ball that would have been the second out in the ninth. He contributed a two-run double.

''Everybody tried to help me,'' Marte said. ''What happened last night, I was feeling bad and somebody told me to keep my head up and play.''

Liriano (13-5) struck out six and needed just 94 pitches and is 3-0 in his career against St. Louis. His last time out, the lefty was punished for 10 runs in 2 1-3 innings at Colorado.

Against the Rockies, Liriano said he had no control. He carved up the Cardinals.

''That was the mulligan,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ''What we've seen all year, he's just given us chances to win. He's pitched deep into games, he's mixed pitches, he's really been in command when runners get on base.''

Matt Carpenter doubled and eventually scored on a groundout by Carlos Beltran in the ninth to snap Liriano's shutout bid. He settled for his second complete game of the year and third of his career.

''You couldn't really tell what was coming out of his hand,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. ''You could tell he had late life by the way the guys were reacting.''

Alvarez hit his 29th homer an estimated 440 feet to straightaway center leading off the second against Miller (11-8), and with one out Jones lined his 11th over the right field wall estimated at 392 feet. Marte's hit capped a three-run fourth, with two of the runs unearned due to a fielding error by third baseman David Freese.

Miller gave up two homers for the fourth time and has lost all of those starts, twice against Pittsburgh. In six innings, he gave up five runs, three earned, on eight hits.

Liriano retired the side in order six times, twice with the help of double plays. A third double play helped him escape without damage in the second when the Cardinals got two of their hits.

In the three starts prior to his clunker at Colorado, Liriano allowed one earned run over 21 2-3 innings in winning three straight starts.

The Cardinals are 3-6 with one game to go on a 10-game homestand that began with series losses to the Cubs and Dodgers.

Michael Wacha, one of St. Louis' top pitching prospects, made his first career relief appearance and struck out four in two scoreless innings.

Notes: The Pirates have outscored the Cardinals 14-2 in Liriano's two starts this year. ... Tabata missed his second straight start but entered as a defensive replacement in right field in the eighth. He was scratched with flu-like symptoms Tuesday. ... The Cardinals left a season-high 17 runners on base Tuesday night. ... Matt Holliday has 17 hits during an 11-game hitting streak but also grounded into his major league-leading 27th double play. He also lined into a twin killing in the fourth. ... Nine of the homers off Miller have come with the bases empty. ... Alvarez has homered two of the last three games. He has 11 homers against the Cardinals in 46 career games.



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Top game, well played by the Pirates.

I just think the Cardinals have got too many holes, and although we've been lucky with replacement starting pitchers, we're just too thinly spread. And we're carrying guys who are definitely not having career seasons (Holliday, Freese, Kozma). Still, Matt Carpenter has come from nowhere to be one of the best 2B guys out there.

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Cardinals beat Pirates 6-5 in 12 innings
By R.B. FALLSTROM (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 4 hours ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Just a few days ago, the St. Louis Cardinals had no wins when trailing after eight innings and just one extra-inning victory.

They certainly showed the Pittsburgh Pirates they can go the extra mile.

''We did a good job of bouncing back,'' said Matt Holliday, who hit a game-ending RBI single in the 12th inning of St. Louis' 6-5 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday. ''Winning this game could be very important for us.''

Matt Carpenter had four hits and scored the winning run in the Cardinals' second extra-inning triumph over the NL Central leaders in three days.

''Anytime having a walk-off win, it's a big deal,'' manager Mike Matheny said. ''Jumping on it again it today is just the resiliency of this club.

''You could sense it on the bench. The guys weren't going to give in, weren't going to stop pushing.''

The Cardinals took two of three in the series to pull within two games of the sagging Pirates, who have dropped five of six. St. Louis won 4-3 in 14 innings in the opener on Tuesday night.

''We had a number of guys that had opportunities,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''The great thing about what we're going through is the challenge and opportunities we're all getting.

''It's playoff atmosphere baseball.''

The Cardinals lost the division lead when they dropped four of five in Pittsburgh from July 29-Aug. 1.

Rookie Kevin Siegrist (1-1), St. Louis' seventh pitcher, struck out two in a perfect 12th against the heart of the order.

Russell Martin and Clint Barmes homered for Pittsburgh, which blew a 4-0 lead in one inning. Jose Tabata had three straight hits after entering as a pinch hitter.

Carpenter sparked the winning rally with a one-out walk. He went to third on Jon Jay's single before Holliday grounded a single up the middle off Bryan Morris (5-6).

Carpenter, the Cardinals' leadoff man, leads the National League with 48 multihit games and 40 doubles. He entered with league-leading averages of .366 at home and .367 in day games.

Holliday also had an RBI double and is batting .452 during a 12-game hitting streak.

Martin hit a tying leadoff drive off Trevor Rosenthal in the eighth, handing the setup man his second blown save of St. Louis' 4-6 homestand.

The Pirates hit for the cycle against Lance Lynn in a four-run fifth that featured rookie Andrew Lambo's first hit and RBI on a double and Barmes' two-run homer. The Cardinals responded by knocking out A.J. Burnett with five runs in the bottom half on a two-run single by Daniel Descalso and RBIs in consecutive at-bats from Carpenter, Jon Jay and Holliday.

''As good as it looked early, it's never easy against this group,'' Burnett said. ''They figured me out early.''

Both managers put a heavy stamp on the game. Hurdle hit for two regulars in the sixth and emptied his bench, and Matheny used three relievers in the sixth and seventh.

St. Louis activated All-Star catcher Yadier Molina from the 15-day disabled list, and he announced his presence almost immediately. He threw out Starling Marte trying to steal third to end the first.

NOTES: The Pirates begin a three-game homestand Friday against the Diamondbacks. Pittsburgh rookie Gerrit Cole (5-5, 3.95 ERA), who opposes Brandon McCarthy (2-6, 4.73 ERA) in the opener, has lost five of his last six decisions. ... The Cardinals open a three-game series at Chicago, with St. Louis' Jake Westbrook (7-7, 4.11 ERA) opposing minor league callup Jake Arrieta. It will be Westbrook's first appearance since giving up nine runs in 4 2-3 innings of relief on three days' rest after Shelby Miller was knocked out by a liner off his elbow on his second pitch of the game. ... Cardinals reliever Seth Maness, who grounded into a double play and struck out to strand five runners Tuesday night, got his first career hit in the sixth. ... Pirates reliever Tony Watson worked three scoreless innings and retired the heart of the order in the 10th.



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Cubs shut out Cardinals 7-0
The Associated Press – 1 hour 12 minutes ago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Jake Arrieta threw seven shutout innings and Nate Schierholtz drove in three runs to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 7-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

Arrieta (1-0) allowed two hits and struck out seven for his first win with the Cubs.

The hard-throwing right-hander was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in a July 2 trade.

Before Friday, his only other day on the Cubs' roster was as the 26th man for a doubleheader against Milwaukee on July 30.

The Cubs snapped a four-game losing streak with the win and are 7-7 this season against the Cardinals. St. Louis has dropped six of nine overall.

The Cubs had been shut out in four of their past five home games - a streak dating back to Aug. 3.

Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook (7-8) walked the first three batters he faced in the bottom of the first inning.

Schierholtz, the cleanup hitter, hit a two-run single to center to put the Cubs.

After Welington Castillo grounded into a double play, Donnie Murphy followed with a run-scoring single to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead.

Arrieta sailed through the Cardinals lineup. After allowing a single to Carlos Beltran in the second, he got Kolten Wong to ground into a double play in his major league debut.

Those two outs started a streak of 13 straight outs (including five strikeouts) until he walked Westbrook with one in the sixth.

The next batter, Matt Carpenter, also walked to give the Cardinals their first threat of the game, but Jon Jay grounded into a fielder's choice and Matt Holiday struck out looking to end the inning.

The Cubs added a run in the fifth on Schierholtz's sacrifice fly and then scored two more in the sixth on a run-scoring double by Darwin Barney and a safety squeeze bunt by Arrieta.

The final run in the seventh scored on a wild pitch.

NOTES: With the addition of prospect Kolten Wong (who went 0-for-3 in his debut) to the Cardinals' roster and lineup on Friday, former World Series MVP David Freese was relegated to the bench with leadoff hitter Matt Carpenter (who had been playing second) moving to third base. ''I would say it's a day-by-day situation,'' general manager John Mozeliak said. ''I'm not saying (Wong) has to play every day - there are gonna be times when we want to get David back in the lineup - so I imagine there's gonna be some split playing opportunities.'' ... Cubs RHP Matt Guerrier was scheduled to have surgery on his throwing arm on Friday. The surgery, performed by Dr. Timothy Kremchek, is expected to sideline Guerrier six to eight months. ... The Cards' Joe Kelly (3-3) faces Travis Wood (7-9) in the second game of the series on Saturday.



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Tabata, Cole lead Pirates over D-backs 6-2
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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jose Tabata hit a two-run homer, rookie Gerrit Cole pitched six solid innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Friday night.

Tabata's drive was his fourth of the season and came off J.J. Putz in the eighth inning, putting the NL Central-leading Pirates ahead by four runs. Tabata connected a day after he came off the bench and had three hits in a 12-inning loss at St. Louis.

Cole (6-5) was pitching on eight days of rest. He had his previous turn in the rotation skipped in part to allow veteran A.J. Burnett to pitch Thursday against the Cardinals and also to get extra rest. The 22-year-old Cole has pitched 140 innings between the major leagues and minor leagues in his second major league season.

The right-hander gave up two runs and five hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

The first overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft won for just the second time in his last seven decisions after winning the first four starts of his career.

Tabata's homer came after Gaby Sanchez, who doubled.

Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen had two hits each for Pittsburgh.

Brandon McCarthy (2-7) lost his fourth straight decision, giving up four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings with three walks and five strikeouts.

Martin Prado had two of Arizona's five hits.

Pittsburgh broke a 2-all tie and moved in front for good with a two-run fifth.

Marte doubled with one out and scored on Neil Walker's double. Andrew McCutchen then singled in Walker to make it 4-2.

Pedro Alvarez's two-run single put the Pirates ahead 2-0 in the third. The hit scored Walker, who had walked, and McCutchen, who had doubled.

Arizona answered with two runs in the fourth. Cole walked Paul Goldschmidt and Aaron Hill with one out, and they scored on singles by Martin Prado and A.J. Pollock.

NOTES: RHP Trevor Cahill (3-10, 4.66) is expected to be activated from the disabled list and start Saturday's game against Pittsburgh LHP Jeff Locke (9-3, 2.43). Cahill has been out since July 1 with a bruised right hip. . Diamondbacks SS Didi Gregorius did not start after going 8 for 47 (.170) in his previous 14 games. Cliff Pennington took his place. . Pittsburgh signed RHP Kyle Farnsworth to a minor league contract as a free agent and assigned him to Triple-Indianapolis. The 15-year veteran was released Aug. 9 by Tampa Bay.



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current standings for the contenders in the NL Central

Pirates .595 72-49
Cardinals .570 69-52 3 games back
Reds .566 69-53 3.5 games back



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Pirates sign reliever Kyle Farnsworth to Minor League contract

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Aug 16, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

The Pirates have signed veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a Minor League contract and assigned him to Triple-A Indianapolis, reports Rob Biertempfel. Farnsworth was released by the Rays on Monday after posting a 5.76 ERA in 29 and two-thirds innings of work.

It’s a depth signing for the Pirates as they have the third-best bullpen ERA in baseball at 2.75. They are all but guaranteed a playoff spot at this point, possessing the National League’s second-best record at 71-49.



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Interesting point the radio guys were talking about during the St. Louis series, the Cardinals only have two guys with double digit HR totals while the Pirates have five as well as two others who will probably crack that list soon. Kind of surprised me since you don't think of the Pirates as team that hits a lot of homers.



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Molina, Kelly team up to lead Cardinals over Cubs
The Associated Press – 1 hour 31 minutes ago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer, Joe Kelly threw six scoreless innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Saturday.

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was pulled shortly after making a mental mistake that let the Cardinals score in the fifth.

The Cardinals led 1-0 and had the bases loaded with one out when Castro caught a popup by Matt Carpenter in short left field. Castro put his head down and hesitated to throw home, looking as if he thought the inning was over. Jon Jay scored from third base and the other runners advanced.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum said something to Castro when he reached the dugout. Donnie Murphy switched from third base to shortstop to replace Castro in the sixth, and Cody Ransom came off the bench to play third.

Kelly (4-3) hasn't lost since joining the Cardinals rotation on July 6. He allowed four hits, struck out six and walked three.

A trio of St. Louis relievers combined to allow one hit. Both teams finished with five hits.

The Cubs have lost 14 of their last 19 game. They have been shut out in five of their last seven at Wrigley Field.

Molina homered off Travis Wood (7-10) for a 4-0 lead in the sixth after Matt Holliday was hit by a pitch. Molina's ninth homer was his first hit in eight at-bats since he came off the disabled list Thursday.

Wood retired the first nine St. Louis batters. He gave up four runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Carpenter hit a leadoff double in the fourth and scored on a double by Carlos Beltran for a 1-0 lead.

The Cubs left the bases loaded in the third. Darwin Barney and Wood singled and Junior Lake drew a one-out walk, but Anthony Rizzo struck out and Nate Schierholtz grounded out.

NOTES: The Cardinals recalled LHP Tyler Lyons from Triple-A Memphis before the game. He is 2-4 with a 5.35 ERA in seven starts. LHP Sam Freeman was optioned to Memphis after pitching four scoreless innings Friday against the Cubs. ... Cubs OF Brian Bogusevic, on the 15-day disabled list since July 15 for a strained left hamstring, will report to Triple-A Iowa to continue rehab. ... Cubs RHP Scott Baker, on the 60-day disabled list recovering from Tommy John surgery, will make his second rehab start Sunday with Single-A Dayton. ... Cubs RHP Edwin Jackson (7-12, 5.05 ERA) will face Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (13-7, 2.71) Sunday in the series finale.



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Diamondbacks power past Pirates 15-5
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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Martin Prado went 4 for 5 with a three-run home run and Paul Goldschmidt added a three-run shot and the Arizona Diamondbacks routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 15-5 on Saturday.

Prado's 11th homer of the season capped a six-run third inning against All-Star Jeff Locke and put the Diamondbacks ahead 8-0. Prado has driven in 13 runs in his past 10 games.

Goldschmidt's 30th homer came in the ninth and tied him with Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez for the National League lead. Alvarez hit his 30th earlier in the game.

Goldschmidt and Didi Gregorius each had three of the Diamondbacks' 20 hits.

Gregorius had gone 2 for 29 in his previous eight games.

Trevor Cahill (4-10) earned his first win since May 17. He went five innings and allowed four runs and seven hits. He was activated from the disabled list before the game. He had been out since July 1 with a bruised right hip.

A.J. Pollock, Aaron Hill, Wil Nieves and Gerardo Parra had two hits each and Nieves had three RBIs, including a two-run double in the first inning to give Arizona an early lead.

After going 0-6 with a 7.91 ERA in his previous eight starts, Cahill struck out four and walked one.

The Diamondbacks won for the fourth time in five games.

Alvarez hit a three-run home run and Starling Marte added a solo shot for NL Central-leading Pittsburgh in the third inning, enabling the Pirates to cut the lead to 8-4.

Andrew McCutchen had three hits and Neil Walker and Jose Tabata had two each. McCutchen has had multiple hits in 10 of his past 14 games.

Locke (9-4) allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings while walking three and striking out two. He is winless in his past four starts and gave up more than three runs for just the second time in his past 18 starts.

Prado's home run with two outs in the third put Arizona ahead by eight and Locke was removed after Goldschmidt followed with a single. Goldschmidt's hit was the seventh in a row by the Diamondbacks in the inning.

Gregorius doubled in the first run of the third and Cahill, who was hitting .063, followed with a two-run single.

The Pirates, who have dropped six of eight, cut the deficit to 8-5 in the sixth when Russell Martin doubled and scored on Tabata's single.

However, Joe Thatcher came on and struck out Walker with the bases loaded to end the threat. Thatcher has inherited four bases-loaded situations this season and has not allowed a run.

Arizona added four runs in the eighth inning on pinch-hitter Jason Kubel's two-run single, Nieves' sacrifice fly and Gregorius's RBI single. Goldschmidt's homer in the ninth gave the Diamondbacks a season high in runs.

NOTES: The series concludes Sunday with Arizona LHP Wade Miley (9-8, 3.63) facing Pittsburgh RHP Charlie Morton (4-3, 3.79). ... The Diamondbacks optioned RHP Chaz Roe to Triple-A Reno to open a roster spot for Cahill. ... Arizona C Miguel Montero, who has been on the DL with a strained lower back since July 29, began an injury rehab assignment with the rookie-level Arizona League Diamondbacks on Saturday. ... The Pirates are hopeful RHP Jason Grilli, who has been on the disabled list since July 23 with a strained right forearm, can begin throwing off a mound by next weekend. Grilli has converted 30 of 31 save opportunities.



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Interesting point the radio guys were talking about during the St. Louis series, the Cardinals only have two guys with double digit HR totals
Yet last season they had five guys with more than 20. It's weird to me, I read the results of the games I can't watch and they'll have fairly big run totals and no HRs.

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Eaton lifts Diamondbacks past Pirates 4-2 in 16
By CHRIS ADAMSKI (Associated Press) | The Associated Press – 2 hours 55 minutes ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Once again, the Arizona Diamondbacks found a victory to be worth the wait.

Adam Eaton's bloop double in the 16th inning drove in two runs and the Diamondbacks outlasted the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 on Sunday.

Eaton's career-high fourth hit came during his seventh at-bat, giving Arizona its club-record 13th win in extra innings this season.

''As long as you want to go, we'll go with you and stay in a dogfight,'' Eaton said. ''We'll play as long as we need to play.''

The Diamondbacks needed seven pitchers Sunday over 4 hours, 39 minutes, in improving to 13-5 in extra-inning games. Arizona's victory was its 27th in its final at-bat, by far the most in the majors. It also was the Diamondbacks' 36th comeback win - second-most in the majors - and ninth in as many games when playing beyond nine innings on a so-called ''travel day.''

''It can be frustrating when you get into extra innings and don't come through, but all you can do is keep battling and our guys do that,'' Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.

With A.J. Pollock and Didi Gregorius on base and two outs in the 16th, Eaton fought off a 1-0 pitch from Kris Johnson and dunked the ball into shallow left-center. A sprinting Andrew McCutchen failed in his attempt at a diving catch.

''That ball wasn't exactly crushed,'' Eaton said. ''He threw a slider and I tried to stay through it, and good things happen when you put the ball in play.''

Arizona remained five games behind Cincinnati in the race for the second NL wild-card spot. Pittsburgh's lead in the NL Central dwindled to one game over St. Louis.

The Pirates dropped two of three to Arizona, losing their third consecutive series.

''We're playing good baseball; we're just in a stretch here,'' Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker said. ''We need to keep grinding it out and keep playing hard. We've played a lot of innings, so it's taxing us a little bit.''

Pittsburgh lost its third extra-inning game in six days. The Pirates have played 69 innings during that span - the equivalent of almost eight games. The resulting weary bullpen was why they summoned Johnson from Triple-A Indianapolis in a move that was announced less than hour before game time.

Johnson (0-1) threw 82 pitches in six innings. He had five strikeouts and allowed five hits and two walks.

''It's satisfying - I just wish I could have done a little more,'' Johnson said.

Johnson is a 28-year-old minor league veteran of 189 games. He was 10-4 with two saves and a 2.41 ERA in 25 games (20 starts) with Indianapolis this season.

''Just a fantastic effort for your major league debut,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''We couldn't ask him to do any more than he did other than to find a way to win that game.''

Wade Miley limited the Pirates to two runs over eight innings and Aaron Hill went 4 for 7 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games for Arizona.

The Diamondbacks (64-58) play their next four games in Cincinnati against the Reds, who are 2 1/2 games back of the Pirates in the division race.

Six Arizona relievers combined to pitch eight scoreless innings. Brad Ziegler (7-1) had two strikeouts while pitching perfect 14th and 15th innings, and J.J. Putz worked around two walks - one intentional - in the 16th to earn his sixth save. Johnson struck out swinging to end the game.

After Hill's bases-loaded single scored Eaton in the sixth, the Diamondbacks had the bases loaded and no outs with an opportunity take the lead. They tied it at 2 when Gerardo Parra grounded into a double play.

Pirates starter Charlie Morton allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts.

Tony Watson allowed a single during each of his two innings, but struck out the side in the ninth. Mark Melancon worked a scoreless 10th and has allowed an earned run during just one of his past 26 outings.

The Pirates scored once each in the first and third on RBI doubles from Russell Martin and Jordy Mercer, who had three hits.

Miley, who has a 2.04 ERA over his past nine starts, limited baserunners. Together with Arizona's relievers, they combined to throw 13 consecutive shutout innings until the offense was able to break through.

''We're always confident because we know somebody is going to get the job done,'' Pollock said. ''We have a lot of good guys on this team and you know someone is going to come through.''

NOTES: OF Andrew Lambo was optioned to Triple-A and C Michael McKenry was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the Pirates' roster for Johnson. ... Starling Marte went 2 for 4 against Miley and has reached safely in 12 of his past 19 plate appearances against left-handers. ... The Pirates were set to leave after the game for the West Coast, where they will play seven games in seven days. In NL games played in California over the past two seasons, the Pirates are 1-11. ... RHP Randall Delgado (4-3, 3.53 ERA) starts for Arizona on Monday night against the Reds RHP Bronson Arroyo (11-9, 3.35).



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