Grit Index: D-backs score season-high 15 runs in win over Pirates

Aug 18, 2013, 12:51 AM | Updated: 12:51 am

The Arizona Diamondbacks came out swinging, scoring a season-high 15 runs against the NL Central-leading Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday afternoon at PNC Park.

The D-backs pounded out 20 hits, including two home runs from Martin Prado and Paul Goldschmidt as they defeated the Pirates by a final of 15-5.

Prado went 4-for-5 with a three-run home run, his 11th of the season, in the third inning off of Pirates’ starter Jeff Locke. Goldschmidt stroked a three-run shot of his own in the ninth to tie Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who hit his 30th earlier in the game, for the National League lead.

The Good:

Prado’s blast in the third highlighted a six-run inning for Arizona. The D-backs’ third baseman has 13 RBIs in his last 10 games.

Goldschmidt went 3-for-6 on the day, capped by his ninth inning homer. Didi Gregorius broke out of a 2-for-29 slump with three hits for the Snakes.

D-backs’ starter Trevor Cahill (4-10) notched the win, his first since May 17. The right-hander, who was sidelined with a bruised right hip, was activated from the disabled list before the contest. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk in five innings of work.

The Bad:

Locke struggled mightily against the D-backs in his start for Pittsburgh on Saturday. The All-Star southpaw surrendered eight earned runs — and one home run — on 10 hits with three walks and two punchouts in just 2.2 innings of work.


– The D-backs notched their fourth win in their past five games.

– Prado’s four-hit day tied a career high for the ninth time in his career.

– Locke is winless in his last four starts for Pittsburgh. The Pirates have now lost six of eight.

Up Next:

The D-backs and Pirates will conclude their three-game set on Sunday, August 17 at 10:35 a.m. Left-hander Wade Miley (9-8, 3.63) will get the start for the D-backs. He will be opposed by right-hander Charlie Morton (4-3, 3.79) for the Pirates. The game can be heard on Arizona Sports 620.

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