Diamondbacks blow open close game in 7th to beat Pirates 9-3

The Arizona Diamondbacks and manager Tony Lovullo, pictured here, beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-3 on Thursday, Aug. 11 at Chase Field in Phoenix. (Photo by Mwinog2777, cc-by-sa-4.0, https://bit.ly/32MElBX)

The Arizona Diamondbacks and manager Tony Lovullo, pictured here, beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-3 on Thursday, Aug. 11 at Chase Field in Phoenix. (Photo by Mwinog2777, cc-by-sa-4.0, https://bit.ly/32MElBX)

PHOENIX - Emmanuel Rivera homered and hit a two-run double in the seventh inning to help blow open a close game, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-3 on Thursday.

Rivera started the season with Kansas City before being traded to Arizona at the deadline for right-hander Luke Weaver. Rivera, who homered in his third game with the Diamondbacks, added a solo shot off JR Brubaker in the fourth inning Thursday.

Trailing 3-2 in the seventh, Arizona tied it on Alek Thomas' bases-loaded groundout off Chase De Jong (4-1). Rivera followed with his double off Yerry De Los Santos and Daulton Varsho hit a three-run double high off the wall in center to put Arizona up 8-3.

Rivera added a double in the eighth inning to finish 3 for 4.

Kevin Ginkel (1-0) got two outs in the seventh inning for his first win since 2019.

Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly had been sharp recently, going 4-0 with a 1.49 ERA his previous seven starts.

The Pirates scored three runs off the right-hander in the fourth inning on two softly hit balls.

Ke'Bryan Hayes scored from third base Tucpita Marcano's grounder, sliding just under the tag when Arizona first baseman Christian Walker threw home. The play was upheld after a long review.

Greg Allen followed with a run-scoring bloop single and Marcano came all the way around from first when Allen was caught in a rundown. Allen made it back to first base when Walker threw to second and had no one behind him.

Kelly allowed three runs on four hits and struck out six with three walks in five innings.

Brubaker didn't allow a hit until Rivera led off the fourth with a homer to deep left-center. Carson Kelly followed with a run-scoring single to cut Pittsburgh's lead to 3-2.

Brubaker allowed two runs on four hits and struck out six with three walks in five innings.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Bryse Wilson (2-6, 5.86 ERA) has gone 2-2 with a 3.34 ERA in six starts since being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis heading into Friday's start at San Francisco.

Diamondbacks: RHP Zach Davies (2-4, 4.03) will try to win for the first time since May 13 against the Chicago Cubs when he pitches the opener of a three-game series with St. Louis Friday.

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