Fueled by a hailstorm of hits and homers, the D-Backs overcame some early stumbling by starting pitcher Joe Saunders and thumped the Bucs 5-1.
Pittsburgh may have struck first in the game -- after Saunders allowed a single and an RBI in the opening inning -- but Arizona immediately bounced back when Aaron Hill popped a 399-foot dinger into the right-field bleachers in the bottom half.
Saunders settled down and went scoreless through the seventh, striking out five Pittsburgh pirates. Meanwhile, the D-Backs began piling on the runs. Ryan Roberts slammed an RBI to score Paul Goldschmidt in the fourth, and Chris Young had a two-run homer in the sixth. Gerardo Parra then added the cherry on top with his 406-foot moonshot that plopped directly into the Chase Field swimming pool.
Needless to say, it was a bad night for Pittsburgh southpaw starter Erik Bedard (0-3, 2.65 ERA) and the rest of the team's pitching staff. The Pirates are now 3-7 and are sitting at the bottom of the National League Central along with the Chicago Cubs. Conversely, Saunders (1-0, 0.64) notched his first win of the season and Arizona has earned its second straight victory. They're now lagging two games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
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The Diamondbacks (7-3) will attempt to gain some ground when they take it to the Pirates again tonight at Chase Field when unbeaten ace Ian Kennedy (2-0, 2.84) faces Pittsburgh's Jeff Karstens (0-1, 3.27). First pitch is at 6:40 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR 620-AM. For more info, visit www.dbacks.com.