When Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Oliver Perez woke up on Thursday morning, he must have known there was a pretty decent chance that he’d be going to bed as a part of a different team. He won’t.
Perez is going to bed a Diamondbacks winner, as the pitcher of record in the team’s 7-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Chase Field.
Both starting pitcher Josh Collmenter and the offense struggled to get traction early and falling into a 2-0 hole.
But the Diamondbacks tied things up in the fourth inning, thanks in part to a fielding error on Scottsdale, Ariz. native Ike Davis at first base.
A fifth inning run then gave them the lead, but Collmenter’s hanging breaking ball to Neil Walker in the following frame opened the door for the Pirates to re-tie things.
The Diamondbacks bats, however, weren’t cooling off on a triple-digits night in Phoenix. They piled on four more runs over the course of the game, getting Perez a result and Addison Reed an extra run of insurance in the eighth.
Here’s a look at the win, by the numbers:
Shortstop Nick Ahmed hit his first career home run Thursday, an eighth-inning solo shot which gave the Diamondbacks a three-run lead headed into the ninth.
Collmenter has pitched to a 1.96 ERA over his last seven games at Chase Field. His team is 6-1 in his last seven starts.
The inning in which Andy Marte arrived at Chase Field to make his Diamondbacks debut.
The Diamondbacks hit three home runs Thursday, tying their second-highest home run total in a single game this season. They hit five on May 17 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, whom they routed 18-7 at Chase Field.
Addison Reed is 7-for-7 in his last seven save opportunities.
Perez recorded his eighth consecutive scoreless appearance at Chase Field on Thursday, while also getting the win in his second straight outing. The last time the left-hander won consecutive games was six years ago, in August of 2008, when he was a starting pitcher.
Ender Inciarte has reached base safely in nine of his last 10 games.
Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson became the winningest manager in franchise history Thursday, surpassing Bob Melvin, as he recorded his 338th career win.
Andy Marte’s pinch-hit home run in the sixth inning was the first such of his career and his first big league home run since Sept. 8, 2010. With the homer, Marte became the eighth Diamondbacks player to homer in his first at-bat with the team, joining Alex Cabrera, Bobby Estalella, Jose Cruz Jr., Felipe Lopez, Gerardo Parra, John Hester and Didi Gregorius.