PITTSBURGH (AP) — Losing four of their past five games has made the Arizona Diamondbacks a bit testy.
Chris Young needed to be restrained after being ejected after Larry Vanover called him out on strikes and Justin Upton also was tossed during the seventh inning of the Diamondbacks' 7-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.
"It's just a big situation and my adrenaline was running and I just reacted to how I was feeling," said Young, who was ejected for the first time in his six-year career. "With such a close game, I am passionate about winning and we are in a playoff race."
Young came up with two outs in the seventh after Arizona had pulled to within 7-5 and loaded the bases on three Pittsburgh errors. He took a low fastball from Tony Watson and dropped his bat before Vanover gave the ejection signal.
Young angrily took his helmet off and almost slammed it to the ground before stopping himself. Manager Kirk Gibson jogged out and stood between him and Vanover, pushing Young back into the dugout.
"I think Larry is a really good umpire — I've always thought that — but at the moment, I didn't agree with what went on in that at-bat," Young said. "I have never gotten too amped up on the field, I have never blown up like that."
Upton was on second base during the at-bat and was ejected by first base umpire Alfonso Marquez.
"I was walking off the field and I didn't think that anyone was paying attention to me," Upton said, "and I had some remarks about the pitch, and I didn't say them to anybody. I guess either my lips got read because I was being watched or somebody heard what I said."
Paul Goldschmidt and Willie Bloomquist had two RBIs each for Arizona, which took a 2-0 lead in the first and tied the game at 4 in the sixth.
A night after scoring seven runs in the eighth and ninth for a 10-4 victory, the Diamondbacks pulled to within two with a run each in the seventh and eighth. Bloomquist had an RBI single off Chad Qualls in the eighth, but Joel Hanrahan struck out the side in the ninth for his NL-leading 33rd save.
"We had a lot of opportunities the whole game," Gibson said. "Ultimately, we didn't cash in right there at the end, but it was a pretty intense game."
Neil Walker homered and drove in five runs, and Kevin Correia won his seventh straight decision despite four Pirates errors.
"You never like to say ... there's such things as ugly wins," Walker said. "But that was about as ugly as it gets tonight."
In addition to the errors, the Pirates had a runner thrown out in a rundown between third and home. The final three innings of the game were played in a steady rain that included some lightning in the distance.
"We were probably longer on guts tonight than we were execution," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said.