ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

D-backs waste Zach Davies’ 7.2 shutout innings as Pirates walk off Arizona

Jun 4, 2022, 4:02 PM | Updated: 5:35 pm
Zach Davies #27 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch in the first inning during the game ag...
Zach Davies #27 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch in the first inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 4, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
(Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

Pitching and defense are what the Arizona Diamondbacks pride themselves on.

But those two factors weren’t quite enough for the D-backs (26-28) in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates (23-28) at PNC Park.

Valley native and Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zach Davies went 7.2 innings and only allowed three hits and two walks while striking out six across 101 pitches (62 strikes).

Davies even retired 18 consecutive batters at one point before getting into some trouble in the bottom of the eighth.

Ian Kennedy was able to come in and escape the two-out bases-loaded jam by striking out Pirates third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes to set up closer Mark Melancon for what would’ve been his 12th save of the season.

But unfortunately for the D-backs, Melancon blew the save by giving up a leadoff single that was followed by the game-winning walk-off home run by Jack Suwinski.

Arizona scored the ballgame’s lone run without even swinging the bat, as Ketel Marte came home to score from third on a wild pitch ball four to Alek Thomas in the top of the sixth inning.

Defensively, the D-backs were once again at the top of their game and turned a cheeky double play thanks to the quick thinking of first baseman Christian Walker.

EXTRA BASES

Diamondbacks All-Star second baseman Ketel Marte extended his career-high hitting streak to 16 games.

UP NEXT

The D-backs go for the series win over the Pirates on Sunday at 10:35 a.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

Arizona RHP Zac Gallen (4-0, 2.32 ERA) is scheduled to start against Pittsburgh RHP Zach Thompson (2-4, 5.18 ERA).

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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Roansy Contreras delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Pittsburgh, Saturday, June 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo stands in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Saturday, June 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zach Davies delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Saturday, June 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Roansy Contreras reacts after allowing a run to score on a wild pitch in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Pittsburgh, Saturday, June 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte, left, scores from third on a wild pitch by Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Roansy Contreras, right, during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, June 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Roansy Contreras, center, waits for manager Derek Shelton to remove him from a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning in Pittsburgh, Saturday, June 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Roansy Contreras collects himself after wild pitch that allowed a run to score during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Pittsburgh, Saturday, June 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Zach Davies #27 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch in the first inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 4, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) Pittsburgh Pirates' Jack Suwinski, center, is doused with ice by teammates as he is interviewed after hitting a two-run walk-off home run off Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Mark Melancon during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, June 4, 2022. The Pirates won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Pittsburgh Pirates' Jack Suwinski (65) is greeted by teammates as he crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run off Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Mark Melancon during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, June 4, 2022. The Pirates won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Pittsburgh Pirates' Jack Suwinski (65) is greeted by teammates as he crosses home plate after hitting a two-run walk-off home run off Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Mark Melancon during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, June 4, 2022. The Pirates won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Pittsburgh Pirates' Jack Suwinski (65) is greeted by third base coach Mike Rabelo as he rounds third base after hitting a two-run walk-off home run off Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Mark Melancon during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, June 4, 2022. The Pirates won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Pittsburgh Pirates' Jack Suwinski hits a two-run home run off Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Mark Melancon during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, June 4, 2022. The Pirates won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Pittsburgh Pirates' Jack Suwinski (65) is greeted by first base coach Tarrik Brock as he rounds first after hitting a two-run home run off Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Mark Melancon during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, June 4, 2022. The Pirates won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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