Aug 1, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) hits a single during first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates Come Back In Late Innings To Defeat Diamondbacks

While the Diamondbacks struck first on the scoreboard at Chase Field in Arizona, the Pittsburgh Pirates scored last as they captured the second game of their four-game set 9-4 on Friday night.

The Bucs are in second place in the National League Central Division with a record of 58-51, just 2.5 games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. They have 27 comeback wins on the season.

The Jolly Roger crew erupted for eight of their runs and claimed 10 of their 13 hits in the contest over the last two innings.

After striking out four times the night before, Josh Harrison led the charge as he tripled with one away in the eighth and doubled with one down in the ninth. He came around to score both times, including the go-ahead score in the ninth on Jordy Mercer‘s double.

Andrew McCutchen broke out of his slump by driving in the first run of the Bucs’ three-run eighth with a double. Pedro Alvarez kept the scoring barrage going when he blasted a two-run, pinch-hit double off D-backs rookie left-hander Eury De La Rosa to tie the game at 4-4. It was the perfect way to greet the month of August as it was Alvarez’s first RBI since July 12.

The comeback fun continued in the ninth as Mercer doubled off rookie righthander Bo Schultz with only one out in the ninth to bring Harrison across the plate. It was just the third appearance for Schultz this season in the majors.

The Pirates were not finished assaulting the scoreboard as pinch-hitter Michael Martinez drove in a run with a single to center and Russell Martin singled to left to push another run across the plate. Then, it was Travis Snider‘s turn as he singled for two more on a sharp ground ball to right field.

Arizona had jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Ender Inciarte‘s three-run homer off Pirates starter Edinson Volquez in the fifth. The righthander gave up an additional run on a wild pitch later in the same frame.

Volquez gave up three earned runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out five on 100 pitches over 5 2/3 innings of work.

Justin Wilson went 1 1/3 innings while Tony Watson, and Ernesto Frieri each worked one inning out of the bullpen with Watson picking up his eighth win of the season against one loss.

Pittsburgh got on the score sheet with their first run in the top of the sixth when Gaby Sanchez singled to left to drive in Mercer off D-backs starter Vidal Nuno. The left-handed former Washington Wild Things pitcher went six innings for Arizona, giving up one earned run on three hits while walking two and striking out five on 91 pitches.

BOX SCORE

The Bucs move to the third game of their four-game set with Arizona tonight. The first pitch is scheduled at 8:10 p.m. Eastern. The Diamondbacks will send righthander Chase Anderson (6-4, 3.34 ERA) to the hill while Pittsburgh will counter with Vance Worley (4-1, 2.54 ERA).

The 26-year-old righthander will be making his eighth start and ninth appearance this evening. He has been charged with only one earned run in his last two starts. The game will be broadcast by Root Sports Pittsburgh.

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