The victory ended the Pirates’ four-game losing streak.
Marte singled off of Arizona’s Trevor Cahill (0-2) to lead-off the 1st inning. Andrew McCutchen followed with a stand-up double into the left-field corner, and Marte scored from first with ease. After a pair of walks, Pittsburgh’s Travis Snider plated McCutchen and catcher Russell Martin on a clutch, two-out single for a 3-0 lead.
The Pirates’ Wandy Rodriquez cruised through the first two innings, allowing one run on a Wil Nieves single before exiting in the third with tightness in his left hamstring. Jeanmar Gomez (1-0) came on in relief and coughed up the lead after giving up two hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly, with Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt and Alfredo Marte knocking in a run apiece to even the score 3-3.
The promising start for the Pirates’ offense was dampened as Cahill found his footing, retiring 11 batters in a row after the 1st inning. Pittsburgh managed to tack on another run after Marte crushed a triple down the line in the top of the 5th inning. McCutchen brought him home on a sac fly to retake the lead 4-3.
Once Cahill exited after the end of the 5th inning, the Pirates struggled against the Arizona bullpen, but Pittsburgh’s Justin Wilson shut down Arizona over three innings. Coming on in relief for Gomez in the 5th inning, Wilson retired six batters in a row and ended the 7th inning by inducing a double play.
Pittsburgh’s Garret Jones crushed his first homerun of the season off of Josh Collmenter in the top of the 8th, adding an insurance run. The Pirates threatened in the top of the 9th after back-to-back two-out walks, but Collmenter got out of the inning.
The Pirates’ Mark Melancon came on in the bottom of the 8th to hold the lead, and Jason Grilli finished off the game with his second save of the season.
The five runs Pittsburgh scored outpaced the run total from the previous four games combined. Jones’ homer was only Pittsburgh’s second of the year.
The Pirates’ James McDonald faces off against Arizona’s Brandon McCarthy Tuesday night in the second game of the road series.