Garrett Jones homered and Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs on Monday night, and the Pittsburgh Pirates (2-5) ended a four-game losing streak with a 5-3 victor over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix.
The Pirates, who entered the game averaging only 3.5 hits per game, recorded just five hits, but four were extra base hits, and three were strung together in a three-run first inning. Starling Marte opened the game with a single, and scored on a McCutchen double. Russell Martin followed with a walk and a stolen base, and Travis Snider doubled home both baserunners.
Arizona tied the game with a 2nd-inning RBI single by Wil Nieves, followed by a Paul Goldschmidt sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Alfredo Marte in the third frame.
In the fifth inning, Pittsburgh regained the lead as Starling Marte tripled and scored on McCutchen’s sacrifice fly. Jones hit a solo homer, his first of the year, with one out in the eighth inning.
Pittsburgh starter Wandy Rodriguez left the game in the third inning with “tightness in a hamstring,” and long reliever Jeanmar Gomez (1-0; 1.93 ERA) earned the win with one-and-two-thirds innings of work, allowing one run and four hits. Justin Wilson followed him with three no-hit innings, while Mark Melancon pitched a perfect eighth inning, and Jason Grilli earned his second save by working the ninth.
The Pirates will send James McDonald (0-1) against the D-Backs in Tuesday night’s game (9:40 EDT).