Bucs Tee Off On Arizona Bullpen

PHOENIX – Andrew McCutchen drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single in the eighth inning, then was hit by a pitch in the ninth Saturday night as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-3.

McCutchen’s single off Andy Marte’s glove keyed a four-run eighth that made it 5-1.

The next inning, McCutchen was hit squarely in the back by a pitch from reliever Randall Delgado with a 2-0 count, one out and runners on second and third.

McCutchen stayed in the game and eventually scored. The NL MVP was plunked a day after Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri hit Diamondbacks star Paul Goldschmidt in the left hand, causing a fracture that put him on the disabled list.

Jared Hughes (6-2) got the win with a scoreless seventh. inning. Brad Ziegler (4-2) took the loss.

Frieri came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth, but there were no further incidents. David Peralta hit a two-run homer off Frieri.

It was 1-all when Josh Harrison, who had homered earlier, opened the Pittsburgh eighth with an infield hit and Gregory Polanco reached on catcher’s interference. McCutchen’s sharp ground ball glanced off Marte’s glove and into left field,

Ziegler’s throwing error later helped the Pirates break away. Brent Morel, inserted into the game at third base in the sixth inning, hit an RBI double in the eighth and a two-run single in the ninth.

Harrison is 14 for 31 in his last seven games. Until striking out in the fifth, he had four straight at-bats with an extra-base hit and seven straight hits that went for extra bases.

Starters Vance Worley of the Pirates and Chase Anderson of the Diamondbacks each threw six innings and allowed one run.

ON DECK

Diamondbacks: Right-hander Trevor Cahill (1-8) starts the finale of the four-game series Sunday. He is 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA in three starts against Pittsburgh.

Pirates: Left-hander Francisco Liriano makes his 19th start of the season. He’s 3-7 with a 3.97 ERA. Opponents are batting only .231 against him this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: INF Cliff Pennington and OF A.J. Pollock are on rehab assignments and last played in a rookie league game on Thursday.

Pirates: Second baseman Neil Walker was a late scratch from Saturday’s lineup with back tightness, the Pirates announced before the game. Harrison, originally Saturday’s left fielder, replaced Walker at second base.

Outfielder Starling Marte was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis. He has been on the concussion disabled list since July 23.

Cardinals 9, Brewers 7

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Kolten Wong broke out of a slump with a home run and three RBIs and Justin Masterson won his St. Louis debut as the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-7 on Saturday night.

St. Louis, which had lost three of its previous four, moved two games behind first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central. The Brewers had a two-game winning streak snapped.

Wong, who entered the contest mired in a 6 for 36 skid, went 3 for 5. He slammed a bases-loaded single to trigger a five-run outburst in the second inning that put St. Louis ahead to stay 6-1. He also hit a solo homer in the first.

Masterson (1-0), gave up five runs on seven hits over six innings. He was acquired from Cleveland on Wednesday for minor league outfielder James Ramsey.

Marlins 2, Reds 1, 10 innings

MIAMI (AP) – Christian Yelich’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Miami Marlins to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.

The Marlins snapped a three-game losing streak overall and a seven-game skid to the Reds.

Jeff Mathis, who was the center of Thursday’s controversy at the plate, doubled to left to lead off the 10th off Sam LeCure (1-3), advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Reed Johnson, and scored on the base hit to center by Yelich.

The Marlins’ Mike Dunn (9-5) struck out two batters in the top of the 10th after Chris Heisey delivered a pinch-hit triple

Nationals 11, Phillies 0

WASHINGTON (AP) – Anthony Rendon homered and drove in four runs, Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven shutout innings, and the Washington Nationals routed the Philadelphia Phillies 11-0 Saturday night.

Philadelphia starter A.J. Burnett (6-11) and manager Ryne Sandberg didn’t last long. Both were ultimately ejected when Burnett motioned and yelled toward home plate umpire Chris Guccione after a ball call during Washington’s four-run second inning.

Rendon singled, hit a three-run homer, and doubled in his first three at-bats.

Denard Span, Asdrubal Cabrera and Wilson Ramos each had two of Washington’s 14 hits, and every Nationals starter, including Zimmermann, hit safely.

Zimmermann (7-5) held the Phillies to five singles and struck eight without a walk for his 50th career win, and first since June 30th.

He retired the last 11 batters he faced and left after throwing 97 pitches.

Burnett allowed five runs, one was earned, and three hits in losing his third straight decision.

Mets 4, Giants 2

NEW YORK (AP) – Jacob deGrom outpitched Jake Peavy in a tantalizing hitless duel that carried into the seventh inning Saturday night before the New York Mets broke loose and beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2.

Pablo Sandoval doubled off deGrom with two outs in the top of the seventh for the game’s first hit.

Peavy was perfect until Daniel Murphy hit a one-out double into the bottom of the seventh on a ball that left fielder Michael Morse misjudged. The Mets went on to score four runs to back deGrom (6-5), and the rookie won win his fifth straight start.

Peavy (1-11) lost his 11th decision in a row, a streak that started with Boston.

This was the second time this season that a game didn’t have any hits until there were two outs in the top of the seventh inning. Milwaukee’s Matt Garza and Atlanta’s Aaron Harang each had their no-hit bids broken up in the seventh on April 2.

Mets 4, Giants 2

NEW YORK (AP) – Always calm on the mound, shaggy-haired rookie Jacob deGrom shook off all the zeroes on the scoreboard and just went with the flow.

DeGrom outpitched Jake Peavy in a tantalizing hitless duel that carried into the seventh inning Saturday night before the New York Mets broke loose and beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2.

“I knew it at the fifth inning, so it was kind of a mental battle,” deGrom said, “but I was sticking to the plan we had and I was going right after the guys.”

With an energized crowd trading “Lets go Mets!” and “Let’s go Giants!” chants, Pablo Sandoval doubled off deGrom with two outs in the top of the seventh for the game’s first hit.

Peavy was perfect until Daniel Murphy hit a one-out double into the bottom of the seventh on a ball that left fielder Michael Morse misjudged. The Mets went on to score four runs to back deGrom (6-5), and the rookie won win his fifth straight start.

Peavy (1-11) lost his 11th decision in a row, a streak that started with Boston.