The Arizona Diamondbacks did something not many teams do Monday; beat the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
Four early runs catapulted the D-backs to a 4-1 victory over the Pirates, handing them just their 19th home loss of the season, the second fewest in all of baseball.
The D-backs scored three runs early off Pirates All-Star pitcher Gerrit Cole thanks to a RBI double from David Peralta and RBI single from Welington Castillo in the first inning. Jeremy Hellickson would add a RBI hit of his own in the second inning.
Jake Lamb knocked his fifth home run of the season in the fourth for an extra insurance run.
Arizona also got some strong pitching from the aforementioned Hellickson, who followed up his best start of the season against Philadelphia with another strong outing, going 5.1 innings and gave up a single run on three hits.
The D-backs right-handed pitcher has pitched well against National League East teams all season, allowing just two runs or less in five of six starts.
Pittsburgh scored their lone run on a solo home run off the bat of Pedro Alvarez.
The win improves the D-backs to 14-8 over their past 22 games, and moves them to the brink of .500. Let’s take a closer look at how they got there, by the numbers.
The number of RBI by pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, which is tied with Madison Bumgarner and Matt Harvey for tops in baseball. Hellickson recorded his 7th RBI on a bloop hit over the second baseman’s head in the 2nd inning. The RBI was at the time his 4th in his past four at-bats.
The number of consecutive saves from closer Brad Ziegler, which is the 4th-highest in MLB and in D-backs history. The team record was set by J.J. Putz (July 27, 2011-April 12, 2012).
David Peralta’s batting average over his last 19 games. The D-backs outfielder remained scorching hot with two more hits on Monday including a RBI double, which gives him 21 RBI over that span.
A.J. Pollock extended his hitting streak to nine games with a triple in the first inning.
The number of wins this season when scoring the first run of the game.
Amount of earned runs given up by Addison Reed since getting recalled from Reno on July 29. Reed got out of a bases loaded, one-out mess in the seventh inning by striking out Gregory Polanco and getting Starling Marte to fly out.
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