The Arizona Diamondbacks got off to about as good a start as they could have hoped for Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Wade Miley returned to the dominant form that he displayed early in his career, and the D-backs scraped across a pair of runs to give the left-hander some cushion.
But then the first two base runners of the ninth inning reached against Miley, and the D-backs saw something that is starting to become an all-too-common occurrence: closer Addison Reed blowing a save as the Pirates rallied from two down in the ninth to win 3-2 at PNC Park.
Reed allowed two hits and a walk in just 0.1 innings of work, erasing eight-plus innings of dominant pitching from Miley.
The lefty finished the night charged with two earned runs on four hits while striking out 10, though he entered the final inning with just two hits — including an infield single — on his record.
Here’s a closer look at the loss, by the numbers:
The D-backs now sport an even .500 record against the Pirates over their last 10 meetings, coming in at 5-5 after Tuesday’s collapse.
Miley made it through eight innings allowing just two hits — the 29th time in D-backs history a starter has worked eight innings and allowed two or fewer starts. The most recent was Brandon McCarthy on May 14.
Reed faced four batters in the outing, three of which reached base. The lone out was a screaming line drive to right-center field that Ender Inciarte tracked down in the gap, and Reed allowed three runs to cross the plate after inheriting a two-on, no-out situation by serving up two hits and a walk.
Miley has now gone nine starts since earning his last win, which came on May 10 against the Chicago White Sox. The D-backs have won three of his last five starts, but he failed to earn a decision in any of them. He hasn’t allowed more than four earned runs in a game over that span.
Reed has allowed at least one run in 16 of his 36 appearances this season, including three appearances in which he was charged with multiple runs.
After singling in his first at-bat, D-backs slugger Paul Goldschmidt has reached base in 22 consecutive games.