Arizona Defeats Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

By ALAN SAUNDERS

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — Jarrod Dyson watched the ball hit the dirt and bolted for home, an impressive read by the veteran speedster.

He saw the play at plate better than some, too.

Dyson slid around catcher Francisco Cervelli and signaled that he was safe, but he was only credited with the go-ahead run after a replay review. That dash-and-dive was the difference in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Dyson was originally called out by plate umpire Gerry Davis, but a quick video review showed that Dyson stretched his left hand out on his head-first dive and touched the plate before Cervelli’s glove reached his back.

The scoring play was made even more difficult because Dyson had to hold up as Pirates first baseman Josh Bell made a backhanded stab at the ball, but missed. When Adam Frazier corralled it at deep second, he hesitated a moment before throwing home. That was all the time that Dyson needed.

“The thing that really stood out to me was that it was a line drive and Jarrod had to freeze or get back on a line drive,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “He did that and then made a great, aggressive play once he reloaded and saw the ball was not caught.”

The play was a difference-maker in a pitchers’ duel between Luke Weaver and Trevor Williams.

“These are the game where small things happen,” Arizona outfielder Adam Jones said. “We win by one run and it was on a great baserunning play by Dyson. I don’t think anyone else could score on that.”

Weaver (2-1) struck out seven and won his second straight start. He worked into the seventh inning for the second time this season, going 6 1/3 innings while allowing one run. After dealing with traffic in his first three innings, he faced the minimum over the next three.

“Finally, I felt like it clicked and things kind of flowed together, and came with it more confidence and more conviction,” Weaver said.

After allowing four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings in his first start of the season, things have steadily progressed for Weaver. He has struck out 24 batters over his last 22 2/3 innings, and his ERA is down to 3.33.

“He’s not backing out of any situation,” Lovullo said. “He believes in all of his pitches. When you follow that game plan and do that kind of a job, you’re obviously going to pitch deep into games.”

Jones doubled to score Eduardo Escobar in the second, his team-leading 16th RBI.

Both runs went against Williams (1-1), who threw seven innings. He struck out four and walked one. Williams faced the minimum through three and allowed just four hits.

“It was one of those classic pitchers’ duels that I think everyone was really enjoying,” Lovullo said.

Cervelli doubled home Colin Moran in the second inning for Pittsburgh. The Pirates went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

It was the first game this season the Pirates lost when Williams started, despite it being one of his better outings.

“It’s baseball,” he said. “We’re going to be giving up some runs and the offense is going to pick us back up. It’s the ebbs and flows of a season.”

Arizona relievers Andrew Chafin and Archie Bradley got the ball to Greg Holland, who worked around a walk and a wild pitch to earn his fifth save.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: OF Bryan Reynolds was removed from the game as a precaution with left quadriceps muscle discomfort. … RHP Nick Burdi was placed on the 10-day IL with right biceps and elbow pain a day after a frightening injury on the mound. … SS Kevin Newman (right middle finger laceration) started his rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis and went 1 for 3.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Merrill Kelly (1-2, 4.37 ERA) will try to bounce back from his shortest outing of the season, when he gave up three runs over 3 2/3 innings on April 19.

Pirates: Jordan Lyles (2-0, 0.53) has allowed just one earned run over his first three starts.

TIGERS 7-4, RED SOX 4-2

BOSTON (AP) — Chris Sale remained winless after five starts but struck out a season-high 10 in five innings as the Detroit Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox for their first doubleheader sweep at Fenway Park since August 1965.

Spencer Turnbull (1-2) pitched five shutout innings for his first major league win, leading the Tigers to a victory in the nightcap that left the World Series champions at 9-15.

Brandon Dixon greeted Marcus Walden with a three-run double after the Tigers loaded the bases against Hector Vel’zquez (0-2), and the Red Sox were swept in a twin-bill for the first time since the Los Angeles Angels accomplished the feat on July 20, 2015.

RAYS 5, ROYALS 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jalen Beeks took over from opener Ryne Stanek in the second and struck out seven in 4 2/3 shutout innings, Mike Zunino homered for the second straight game and Tampa Bay sent Kansas City to its fifth straight loss.

Homer Bailey (2-2) failed in his attempt to win three straight starts for the first time in five years, getting taken out after Tampa Bay’s first four batters reached in the second inning.

METS 9, PHILLIES 0

NEW YORK (AP) — Zack Wheeler hit his first major league home run and struck out 11 in seven sharp innings as New York handed Philadelphia its fifth loss in six games.

The only spirit the Phillies showed came with two outs in the ninth when two fastballs by Mets reliever Jacob Rhame sailed over Rhys Hoskins’ head. The benches started to clear after the first time, and Hoskins angrily slung his bat after the next one, which was ball four.

CARDINALS 4, BREWERS 3

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul DeJong hit a tiebreaking, leadoff homer in the eighth inning, Yadier Molina had three hits and two RBIs, and St. Louis beat Milwaukee.

Milwaukee had three solo homers, two by Travis Shaw and another by Orlando Arcia.

CUBS 7, DODGERS 2

CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Quintana pitched seven crisp innings in his third straight win, and Chicago used a fast start to beat Los Angeles.

Willson Contreras hit a three-run double in Chicago’s four-run first, and Anthony Rizzo added a two-run drive in the second. Javier B’ez juked around first baseman David Freese for a memorable infield single in the second and had a solo homer in the seventh.

ASTROS 10, TWINS 4

HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer and Alex Bregman added three RBIs as Houston rallied over Minnesota to snap a three-game skid.

The game was tied in the seventh when Trevor Hildenberger (2-1) allowed a single to Tyler White before issuing consecutive walks to Altuve and George Springer to load the bases with one out. Bregman’s sacrifice fly to right field put Houston up 5-4 and chased Hildenberger.

MARLINS 3, INDIANS 1

CLEVELAND (AP) — Pablo Lopez allowed just two hits in his longest start this season and Jorge Alfaro homered on reliever Neil RamÌrez’s first pitch, moments after Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco left with another injury.

Lopez (2-3) stopped a three-start losing streak. The right-hander, who had not gone more than 5 1/3 innings, held the Indians without a hit until the sixth and was not charged with an earned run in 6 1/3 innings.

REDS 7, BRAVES 6

CINCINNATI (AP) — Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer in the first inning off the facade of the second deck in left-center field, and Cincinnati wasted an early lead and then rallied to beat Atlanta.

Jose Peraza had his first RBI since homering on opening day, and Tucker Barnhart homered for the Reds, who have won four of five following a four-game losing streak. Cincinnati led 3-0 in the fifth inning, fell behind 4-3 in the sixth, then scored four runs in the bottom half.

ORIOLES 9, WHITE SOX 1

BALTIMORE (AP) — Dwight Smith Jr. hit a three-run homer, one of four long balls off Iv’n Nova (0-3), and Baltimore overpowered Chicago to end a four-game losing streak.

Andrew Cashner (4-1) gave up one run, five hits and a walk over seven innings to win his fourth straight decision. Just as important, he provided much needed rest to a bullpen that was drained in a 12-2 loss to Chicago one night earlier.

GIANTS 7, BLUE JAYS 6

TORONTO (AP) — Pablo Sandoval went 3 for 4 and homered for the first time this year, one of a season-high four home runs for San Francisco.

Joe Panik, Evan Longoria and Brandon Belt also homered for the Giants, who came in 29th in the majors in batting and ahead of just one team in home runs. Rowdy Tellez hit an eighth-inning grand slam for the Blue Jays, whose four-game winning streak was snapped.

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