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Wednesday, July 2 (All times Eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (35-50) at Pittsburgh Pirates (43-40), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Chase Anderson (5-3, 3.63) Pittsburgh - Charlie Morton (4-9, 3.41)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Chase Anderson hopes to put the brakes on a personal three-game losing streak on Wednesday when the Arizona Diamondbacks continue a three-game set with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
Anderson started his career by winning his first five starts, but has dropped three in a row since. His most recent setback came against Cleveland last Wednesday, as he gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings to raise his ERA to 3.63.
"I felt good, just too many runs," said Anderson, who has never faced the Bucs. "Two home runs, and then the two other runs -- you got to limit the damage, which I thought I did inning to inning, but overall probably not the best outing I've had."
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, will counter with righty Charlie Morton, who has lost his last two starts. Morton pitched well in defeat on Wednesday against Tampa Bay, as he struck out 11 and allowed two earned runs in seven innings, but still fell to 4-9 on the year to go along with a 3.41 ERA.
Morton is 2-1 in five starts versus the Diamondbacks with a 4.50 ERA.
Pittsburgh continued to roll in Tuesday's opener, as pinch-hitter Ike Davis singled in Starling Marte to cap a three-run rally in the ninth inning to lift the Pirates to a 3-2 win.
Wade Miley was perfect into the fifth inning and came within three outs of his first career complete game for Arizona, but left after Neil Walker and pinch- hitter Gregory Polanco singled to start the home ninth.
Addison Reed (1-4) retired Josh Harrison on a fly ball to center, but Marte then delivered a two-run double high off the wall in center. The relay throw home got away from catcher Miguel Montero and Marte advanced to third.
Andrew McCutchen was intentionally walked before Davis, pinch-hitting for Gaby Sanchez, lined a single to right field to win the game.
Miley, who was bidding to snap a personal eight-game winless (0-3) stretch, gave up four hits and had 10 strikeouts.
"He was in total command of that game," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "I'd like to see it the next time out as well."
Jeff Locke surrendered eight hits over eight innings, while Ernesto Frieri (1-0) got the win, Pittsburgh's eighth in 10 games, despite giving up three hits in the ninth.
"We just kept battling and tried to make something happen. Through eight, not a whole lot happened for us," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
These teams split six games a year ago.
07/02 10:26:59 ET
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