Pirates can't overcome D-backs' HR barrage

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 1, 2014 at 2:08 am •  Published: August 1, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — Jeff Locke had handcuffed the Arizona Diamondbacks before, holding them to two runs in eight innings on July 1. And after three innings, he was rolling again.

The left-hander struck out All-Star Paul Goldschmidt with the bases loaded to end the third inning with his team up 2-0. However, Arizona tied it in the third, before going ahead two innings later. After Pittsburgh tied it in the sixth, things unraveled for Locke in the bottom of the inning.

Pinch-hitter Andy Marte hit a tiebreaking two-run homer and Aaron Hill added a solo shot to lead the Diamondbacks to a 7-4 win over the Pirates on Thursday night.

"When I went back out for the sixth inning I just felt fatigued and just tried to make pitches," Locke said. "Fighting myself a little bit, leaving the ball elevated and elevating change-ups. That is something I am not accustomed to doing very often. When that ball starts getting up, even I start asking questions."

Locke (2-3) left after giving up Hill's homer, allowing six runs — four earned — and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Marte, who hadn't homered in almost four years and had been out of the majors since then, was called up from Triple-A Reno earlier on in the day to help fill the roster spots vacated by the trades of Gerardo Parra and Martin Prado.

"It feels great to be back," Marte said. "I worked really hard to try to prove that I could still play here.'"

Nick Ahmed added his first career homer Arizona and reliever Oliver Perez (2-1) earned the win by getting the last two outs in the sixth.

Neil Walker's 16th home run of the season tied the score 3-3 earlier in the inning and chased Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter.

The Pirates took the lead in the second inning when Russell Martin hit a two-run double.

Collmenter played a part in allowing the Diamondbacks to tie the score after Locke had shut them out for three innings. With the bases loaded and two out, Collmenter hit a bouncer to third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who charged the ball, scooped it and pumped once before throwing to first base.

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