Anderson, D-backs sloppy in 5-1 loss to Pirates

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 2, 2014 at 10:54 pm •  Published: July 2, 2014
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks weren't sharp in any phase of the game Wednesday night.

The result was a third consecutive loss.

"We made some mistakes tonight, and it came back to haunt us," first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said after a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. "That's uncharacteristic of this team and these guys; we take a lot of pride on our defense and baserunning, hitting and pitching.

"Tonight we didn't get it done with any."

Goldschmidt went 3 for 4 and scored a run for the Diamondbacks.

Gregory Polanco hit a two-run homer and reached base three times, and the Pirates won for the fifth time in six games.

Diamondbacks starter Chase Anderson couldn't get out of the fourth inning, Arizona committed three errors and its offense has been limited to 10 runs over its past six games.

"Offensively, we had nothing going again," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. ". And we didn't play well defensively. We made some mistakes — and when you do that, it's tough to win against a good team like that."

Pittsburgh (44-40) has won nine of 11 and moved a season-best four games over .500.

Anderson (5-4) allowed 11 baserunners.

"I wasn't able to establish the inside part of the plate tonight and just didn't do a good job of putting myself in good counts to be successful," Anderson said.

"That game's on me, for sure."

Polanco, a 22-two-year-old phenom, entered his fourth week in the majors without a hit in 12 at-bats over his previous three starts, dropping his average 50 points to .288. But a night after singling in his first pinch-hit at-bat, Polanco doubled, walked and hit his third home run Wednesday.

"This game is all about adjustments," Polanco said. "You have to adjust quick. The faster you adjust, the better you do."

Charlie Morton continued his effective pitching at home for Pittsburgh, which clinched its fourth consecutive series victory.

Morton (5-9) limited Arizona to one run, five hits and three walks in six innings to lower his ERA at PNC Park to 2.13.

"We had a bad April. We dug a hole," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've been digging out. That's all we're doing right now, is digging out."