• Summary: Pirates starter Tom Gorzelanny, pitching for the first time in nearly two weeks, held the Diamondbacks mostly in check, limiting them to four hits and striking out a career-high nine in seven innings to ruin a rousing home debut by Arizona call-up Justin Upton.
• Wasted effort: Playing right field, Upton -- the younger brother of Tampa Bay's rising star B.J. Upton -- fell a single shy of hitting for the cycle in his fourth full game, hitting a solo homer and scoring two of the Diamondbacks' three runs. Upton grounded out to second to end the game.
• Figure this: Arizona third baseman Mark Reynolds struck out three times. He has fanned 74 times in 214 at-bats.
• Quotable: "You might want to start rewriting the records and putting his name right below A-Rod and Griffey when they were 19.'' Arizona's Orlando Hudson, on Upton-- ESPN.com news services
Pirates 8, Diamondbacks 3
PHOENIX (AP) -- Justin Upton was terrific. His
Arizona Diamondbacks were terrible.
The 19-year-old sensation fell a single shy of the cycle in his
home debut but it was nowhere near enough to beat Tom Gorzelanny
and the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
The Pirates' left-hander, pitching for the first time since July
25, struck out a career-high nine in seven innings to lead
Pittsburgh to a 8-3 victory over the sloppy Diamondbacks.
"Everything just kind of clicked,'' Gorzelanny said. "My
pitches were diving, I threw my change-up well and my two-seamer
was moving. I was placing my fastball where I wanted it.''
Gorzelanny (10-6) allowed four hits, three of them by the
19-year-old Upton, brought up from Double-A Mobile last Thursday.
Upton tripled in the second, homered in the fourth and doubled
in the seventh. He grounded out to second to end the game.
"I'll tell you right now,'' Arizona's Orlando Hudson said.
"You might want to start rewriting the records and putting his
name right below A-Rod and Griffey when they were 19.''
The 25-year-old Gorzelanny had not pitched since leaving after
three innings because of shoulder stiffness against the Mets in New
York on July 25.
"It was really good to see our guy bounce back and pitch in the
manner in which he did,'' Pittsburgh manager Jim Tracy said. "He
was really good tonight.''
The Diamondbacks committed four errors, and that doesn't count
center fielder Chris Young's misjudgment of Jose Bautista's line
drive to center that resulted in a double.
"We have games where we don't play very well,'' Arizona manager
Bob Melvin said. "We got beat 14-0 and 11-0. We've got a younger
group and sometimes they make mistakes that stick out.''
Jack Wilson doubled twice, drove in a run and scored a run in
the Pirates' second road victory in 11 games. Ronny Paulino singled
in a pair for Pittsburgh, 5-16 since the All-Star break.
Hudson homered for Arizona, which lost for only the third time
in 16 games. The Diamondbacks' lead in the NL West slipped to one
Eric Byrnes, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract
extension earlier in the day, was robbed of a two-run home run and
dropped a fly ball.
Upton tripled to the left-center gap in his first at-bat at
Chase Field, then scored on Chris Snyder's slow grounder up the
The shortstop Wilson mishandled the ball for an error, but
Snyder got an RBI because Upton would have scored anyway.
A throwing error by Arizona starter Micah Owings (5-6) aided the
Pirates' three-run fourth inning. Ryan Doumit drew a one-out walk.
Jose Bautista hit a high bouncer off the plate that Owings
retrieved, but his off-balance throw sailed far over first baseman
Conor Jackson's head, leaving runners at second and third.
Paulino singled in both runs, then scored on Wilson's double to
put Pittsburgh up 3-1.
Upton's first big league home run, into the left field seats on
an 0-1 pitch with two outs in the fourth, cut it to 3-2.
The Pirates added another in the sixth. Wilson led off with a
double, went to third on Gorzelanny's sacrifice bunt, then scored
on Nate McLouth's sacrifice fly.
After Upton doubled leading off the seventh, left fielder Jason
Bay made a leaping catch at the wall to take away what would have
been the game-tying home run by Byrnes.
"We were six inches away from being 4-4 and being back in the
game,'' Melvin said.
Gorzelanny picked off Young at first in the third inning.
... Upton, playing in right field, missed the cutoff man on
Paulino's two-run single, allowing the runner to advance to second.
... The center fielder Young and shortstop Stephen Drew made
consecutive strong defensive plays in the sixth, one a shoestring
catch and the other a stab of a hard one-bouncer. ... Arizona 3B
Mark Reynolds struck out three times. He has fanned 74 times in 214