PHOENIX -- Chris Iannetta and Brandon Drury each homered as part of a seven-run third inning that helped the D-backs beat the Pirates for the second straight night by an 11-4 margin Friday night at Chase Field.The offensive outburst made a winner of Patrick Corbin, who allowed four runs on
PHOENIX -- Chris Iannetta and Brandon Drury each homered as part of a seven-run third inning that helped the D-backs beat the Pirates for the second straight night by an 11-4 margin Friday night at Chase Field.
The offensive outburst made a winner of Patrick Corbin, who allowed four runs on six hits over six innings and improved to 3-4. Tyler Glasnow (1-3) was hit hard and allowed seven runs, all of which came in the third inning.
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"We didn't have familiarity with their starting pitcher, but the second time around, I think we saw a release point, we saw location, we saw depth of pitches and we started to really zero in on our approach," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "You can see the first time around we didn't have a lot of success, but it got really good to us once reports were coming back from the batter's box about what type of stuff the pitcher had and we just pounded the ball all day long."
Coming off consecutive quality starts for the first time in his Major League career, Glasnow pitched two scoreless innings, but then he fell apart in the third. His fastball flattened out, and every time he missed a spot, it seemed to wind up over the middle of the plate.
"I think he missed locations," Pirates catcher Chris Stewart said. "You've got to give them credit too. They didn't miss too many pitches out there. It was just a rough inning."
Drury was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and finished just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. The win was tempered by the fact that Iannetta was hit in the face by a 93 mph fastball from Johnny Barbato in the seventh inning.
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Drury does damage: Drury capped the D-backs' big third inning with a three-run homer to left that gave the D-backs a 7-1 lead and chased Glasnow from the game. It seems like a small thing given the large margin of victory, but Drury's homer seemed to change the tone of the game.
"I think that's something that we talk about here," Lovullo said. "We preach about being ready to be the guy to break the game open. You never know when that moment is going to happen and you've got to step into the batter's box looking to do damage. He did a great job. It was a great swing on a ball that broke the game open."
Answer is answered: The Pirates made things interesting as they followed up Arizona's sven-run third with two runs of their own on Josh Bell's home run in the fourth to cut the lead to 7-3. The D-backs' offense, however, was not done as they came right back in the bottom half of the frame with four runs to put the game away.
"It's big," Drury said of answering the Pirates' rally. "It's nice that we had a lead, but whenever they come back and score some runs, you always want to bounce back and score some runs and not let them think they've got the chance to come back."
"Four runs. Four is a number that sometimes works. Not when the other team's got ." -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. The Pirates hadn't scored more than three runs in a week, and they had been 12-1 when scoring at least four runs this season.
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The Pirates scored a run in the first inning, when Josh Harrison singled and Gregory Polanco doubled him home. It was Pittsburgh's first first-inning run since May 1.
Pirates: Right-hander Trevor Williams will make his second start since joining the rotation to replace Jameson Taillon, who underwent surgery for suspected testicular cancer. Williams was hit hard by the Dodgers on Monday, allowing eight runs (six earned) on seven hits in three innings. First pitch at Chase Field is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET.
D-backs:Taijuan Walker will get the ball for the D-backs on Saturday as they take on the Pirates at 5:10 p.m. MST. Walker suffered the loss in his last outing when he allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings against the Rockies at Coors Field.
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