Pirates erase four-run deficit in victory
By Wes Crosby
The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH — Yoshi Tsutsugo homered and Bryan Reynolds tripled in the seventh to help the Pittsburgh Pirates rally to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 on Monday night.
With the game tied in the eighth, Noe Ramirez (0-1) walked three straight to load the bases before Jake Faria came in to face Ke’Bryan Hayes with one out. Hayes sent a dribbler to short on the 10th pitch of the at-bat, scoring Kevin Newman.
Tsutsugo started Pittsburgh’s seventh-inning rally with his second pinch-hit home run of the season, sending a solo shot into the front row above the right-field wall. Reynolds drove in Hayes with a triple to right-center on a sinker from Joe Mantiply, pulling Pittsburgh within one. Reynolds scored on an error from third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera to tie it.
Pirates reliever Anthony Banda (2-0) struck out the side in the eighth. David Bednar retired the side in order in the ninth for his second major league save.
Pittsburgh has won three of four after dropping 13 of its previous 14 to move 3¢ games ahead of the National League-worst Diamondbacks. Overall, the Baltimore Orioles have the worst record in all of baseball.
Christian Walker gave Arizona a 5-1 lead with a three-run double that chased Pirates starter Wil Crowe with two outs in the fifth. A single from Ketel Marte put Arizona ahead 2-1 earlier in the inning after starting pitcher Humberto Mejia led off the inning with a double, his first hit in the majors.
Crowe allowed five runs on eight hits with five strikeouts in 4ª innings.
Mejia gave up two runs on six hits in five innings after being recalled from Triple-A Reno to make his Arizona debut.
Daulton Varsho, the son of one-time Pirates coach Gary Varsho, homered in a third straight game to put the Diamondbacks ahead 1-0 in the second.
Pirates: INF Michael Chavis was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to make his Pittsburgh debut at second base. He was acquired from the Red Sox on July 30 in a trade that sent LHP Austin Davis to Boston. Chavis was the No.1 draft pick of Pirates general manager Ben Cherrington seven years ago when he was running the Boston Red Sox.
Pirates: OF Anthony Alford (back) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list.
Diamondbacks: OF Kole Calhoun will begin an outdoor running progression this week, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. He was placed on the 10-day IL with a left hamstring strain Aug. 12. … Mantiply was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Monday.
LHP Madison Bumgarner (7-7, 4.06) will take the mound for the Diamondbacks against Pirates RHP JT Brubaker (4-13, 5.49) tonight in the second game of the three-game series. Bumgarner is coming off his longest outing of the season, allowing one run in eight innings against the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 19. Brubaker is 0-9 in 12 starts since last winning May 29. He gave up seven runs to the Dodgers in four innings on Aug. 18.