The Pittsburgh Pirates (43-40), held to just two hits over the first eight innings, rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth frame and posted a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opening contest of a three-game series played Tuesday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Neil Walker and pinch-hitter Gregory Polanco chased Arizona starter Wade Miley with back-to-back leadoff singles. After a fly ball by Josh Harrison advanced Walker to third base, Starling Marte blasted a two-run double which tied the score, and advanced to third base on a missed catch on a throw to home plate. Marte would score the winning run on a walkoff single by pinch-hitter Ike Davis.
Pirates newcomer Ernesto Frieri (1-3) recorded the win after pitching in the top of the ninth inning. The losing run was charged against Diamondbacks closer Addison Reed (1-4).
Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke lasted eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Miley fanned ten Pirates batters.
Arizona (35-50) scored their runs in the fifth inning after a failed pickoff attempt by Pittsburgh that would have produced the third out. The runs came home on singles by Miguel Montero and Aaron Hill.
In the second game of the series on Wednesday night, Pitrtsburgh’s Charlie Morton (4-9) will face Diamondbacks rookie Chase Anderson (5-3).