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Arizona Diamondbacks Pound Pittsburgh Pirates in Lopsided Rout

Following a weekend series fraught with losses and angst, the Arizona Diamondbacks returned home to Chase Field on Monday night for a good ol' fashioned stomping of a Pittsburgh Pirates.

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.

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.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.