D-Backs Crush Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Bell , center, returns to the dugout after hitting a solo home run off Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ketel Marte homered twice and the Arizona Diamondbacks won at Pittsburgh for the ninth straight time, 11-2 over the Pirates on Wednesday night.

Marte extended Arizona’s lead to 5-1 with a solo shot in the fifth inning and drove a three-run shot, his sixth homer this season, into the left-field bleachers in the eighth. It was the third multi-homer game of his career and second this season.

Arizona’s nine-game winning streak at PNC Park is its longest in an opponent’s stadium, surpassing its eight straight at Philadelphia from June 17, 2016-April 24, 2018. The Diamondbacks have not lost in Pittsburgh since May 29, 2017, when Andrew McCutchen homered in the ninth of a 4-3 win for the Pirates.

Eduardo Escobar, who was 3 for 4 with a walk, tripled in the first, and the Diamondbacks hit three straight singles to take a 2-0 lead. Nick Ahmed homered to lead off the second before Escobar doubled in Caleb Joseph for a 4-0 lead.

After Marte’s first homer, the Diamondbacks added three runs on back-to-back two-out doubles from David Peralta and Christian Walker, extending the lead to 8-2 in the seventh.

Merrill Kelly (2-2) gave up two runs on six hits in seven innings, walking two and striking out five. The runs came on homers from Josh Bell in the fourth and Jung Ho Kang in the sixth.

Bell’s home run was his fifth in 22 games after hitting 12 in 148 games last season.

Jordan Lyles (2-1) lasted five innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts. He gave up one run on 10 hits in 17 innings through his first three starts.


Pirates: OF Bryan Reynolds did not play because of left quadriceps muscle discomfort he experienced during Tuesday’s game. He took batting practice Wednesday. … SS Erik Gonzalez will have surgery Thursday to repair a broken collarbone. He was injured while colliding with OF Starling Marte last Friday. … OF Gregory Polanco was given the day off after having two hits in each of his first two games of the season. He had shoulder surgery last Sept. 12.


Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (3-1, 4.60 ERA) takes the mound in the series finale. He is 3-0 in his past four starts. Arizona will finish its 10-game trip after winning seven of the first nine games.

Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (1-2, 3.12) will look to end Pittsburgh’s four-game skid. On Saturday, Taillon allowed one run on four hits in five innings of a rain-shortened 3-1 win over the San Francisco Giants.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright was warm enough on a cool day, allowing one run in six innings for his 150th career victory, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers to complete a three-game sweep.

Last year’s MVP, Christian Yelich, had most of the day off but still had a chance to rescue the Brewers. He came up as a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, but Jordan Hicks struck him out to pick up his seventh save in eight chances.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Chris Paddack shut down baseball’s highest-scoring offense for his first victory, holding Seattle to one hit in seven innings and retiring his final 19 batters, nine by strikeout, San Diego beat AL West-leading Seattle.


TORONTO (AP) — Drew Pomeranz and two relievers combined on a two-hitter, Pablo Sandoval homered for the second straight game, and San Francisco completed a two-game sweep of Toronto.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay ace Blake Snell lasted one out into the fourth inning in his return from a broken right fourth toe as Kansas City cruised to victory.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez homered and drove in four runs, Jake Bauers’ eighth-inning single scored the go-ahead run and Cleveland beat Miami.

Martin Prado’s two-out homer for Miami tied the game in the top of the eighth, but the Indians responded by scoring four times to snap a three-game losing streak.

Ramirez hit a two-out homer in the first and had an RBI single in the third. His eighth-inning double added two runs and capped Cleveland’s big inning.

Adam Conley (0-3) walked Carlos Gonzalez to begin the eighth. Bauers slapped a ground ball through the open left side of the infield to score Gonzalez. Francisco Lindor’s two-out single added another run. Leonys Martin was hit by a pitch and Ramirez doubled into the right field corner.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chad Pinder’s two-out RBI single in the ninth inning lifted Oakland over Texas.


DENVER (AP) — Raimel Tapia had two doubles and drove in three runs to back a solid outing from German Marquez, and Colorado beat Washington.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Ozzie Albies homered on the game’s first pitch and Ronald Acuna Jr. scored from first base on Yasiel Puig’s fifth-inning error, helping Atlanta beat Cincinnati.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Stevie Wilkerson hit his first major league homer, John Means pitched five effective innings on his birthday and Baltimore beat Chicago.

Cubs 7, Dodgers 6

CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Baez and Jason Heyward each hit three-run homers in the sixth inning and the Chicago Cubs overcame a wild start by Cole Hamels to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Baez chased Walker Buehler with a long, tying drive to left on an 0-2 pitch with two outs, watching for a few seconds before starting his trot.

Pinch-hitter David Bote followed with a double to deep center against Scott Alexander (1-1). Willson Contreras was intentionally walked and Heyward lined a 2-2 pitch to the basket in left-center, making it 6-3.

Red Sox 11, Tigers 4

BOSTON (AP) — J.D. Martinez had three hits and Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six strong innings as the Boston Red Sox rebounded from a doubleheader sweep by Detroit and beat the Tigers.

Astros 7, Twins 1

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched eight dominant innings, and Carlos Correa, Michael Brantley and Josh Reddick all homered to lead the Houston Astros.

Verlander (4-0) retired the first 10 batters before Jorge Polanco crushed a pitch into the second deck in right field in the fourth inning for the lone Twins run. Verlander retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced.

Phillies 6, Mets 0

NEW YORK (AP) — Rhys Hoskins homered off reliever Jacob Rhame and taunted him with a slow jog around the bases a night after Rhame buzzed him with two fastballs, and the struggling Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets.

Hoskins was furious after Rhame sailed two pitches over his head with two outs in the ninth inning of New York’s 9-0 win Tuesday. The slugger faced Rhame again in the ninth Wednesday, flipping his bat emphatically after hooking a two-run shot over the wall in left.

It took Hoskins 34.23 seconds to touch ’em all, the slowest trot in the majors this season.


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