National League Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Arizona
(Monday, April 8th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Arizona 3
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Travis Snider and Andrew McCutchen each drove
in two runs and Garrett Jones added a solo homer as the Pittsburgh Pirates
downed the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-3, in the opener of a three-game set at
Starling Marte had two hits, including a triple and scored two runs for the
Pirates, who ended a four-game skid.
Starter Wandy Rodriguez left the game due to tightness in his left hamstring
after just 2 1/3 innings. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- on two hits. He
was replaced by Jeanmar Gomez (1-0), who gave up one run on four hits over 1
2/3 innings in relief to earn the victory.
Paul Goldschmidt had an RBI double and Alfredo Marte and Wil Nieves each drove
in one run in the setback. Right-handed starter Trevor Cahill (0-2) gave up
four runs on four hits over five innings. He also struck out seven batters and
"Tonight I just didn't feel like I had it," Cahill said. "It was kind of a
In the fifth inning, Starling Marte lined a shot down the left-field line for
a triple with one out. After Neil Walker was hit by a pitch, McCutchen broke a
3-3 tie with a sacrifice fly to right field which easily plated the speedy
Jones added some insurance in the eighth with a solo shot to right to make it
Pittsburgh was dealt a blow in the third inning as Rodriguez left the game
with a hamstring injury. The lefty appeared to suffer from cramp-like
symptoms. After stretching and meeting with trainers, he walked off the
field on his own power. The team announced via Twitter that he will be re-
evaluated on Tuesday.
"The next pitch I threw was a breaking ball and I felt it," Rodriguez
recalled. "I told my trainer and the manager that I want to go out because I
wanted to protect my next start."
Gomez took over in relief, but gave up a single and walked a batter to load
the bases with one out.
Goldschmidt hit a deep sacrifice fly to left driving in one run then Alfredo
Marte singled up the middle for his first major league hit, which also plated
a run to tie the game at 3-3.
With two down in the second, Nieves singled to center scoring Goldschmidt, who
doubled to lead off the frame, to make it a 3-1 contest.
The visitors struck early in the first inning as McCutchen plated Starling
Marte with a double to left to make it 1-0. McCutchen moved to third on a
groundout before Russell Martin walked, then stole second. Pedro Alvarez
drew a walk and Snider followed with a liner through the right side to score
McCutchen and Martin to make it 3-0.
Arizona had won four straight and was coming off a sweep of Milwaukee. The
Diamondbacks last started 6-1 in 2000, which was also the best seven-game
start in franchise history ... In his debut versus the Chicago Cubs last
Wednesday, Pittsburgh's only previous victory, Rodriguez tossed 6 2/3 shutout
innings and allowed just two hits ... In Game 2 of the series on Tuesday, the
Pirates send James McDonald (0-1) to the hill versus Arizona's Brandon
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