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Ketel Marte Homers Twice, Diamondbacks Defeat Pirates 11-2

Pirates Will Look To Avoid The Sweep Thursday Afternoon At PNC Park

April 24, 2019 - 11:03 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Diamondbacks scored early and kept adding on while the Pirates offense struggled to get going Wednesday night as Arizona defeat Pittsburgh 11-2 to take the first three games of the series.

Pirates starting pitcher Jordan Lyles made his 4th start of the season and tonight did not go as well as the first three.  Lyles was touched up for 5 runs by the Diamondbacks through 5 innings, including giving up 2 solo home runs to Nick Ahmed and Ketel Marte.

"We got the first out of the game and then Escobar hit a triple on a pretty good changeup up under the zone, threw it where we wanted, but he got the barrel to the ball (to) put it into the gap and then the next pitch was a curveball over the zone to Peralta, two very good hitters," said Lyles. "After that, they didn't stop and that's what good offenses do.  There's not much room in their lineup to take a breath and they scored early and often."

Josh Bell got the Pirates on the board with a solo home run in the 4th and Jung Ho Kang added a solo home run of his own in the 6th.

With the exception of those two solo home runs, Diamondbacks pitcher Merrill Kelly was able to keep the Pirates bats silenced. Only giving up a double to Kang and three singles spread out over 7 innings of work.

The offense has struggled the past few games and Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle was asked postgame if he believes this offense will wake up sooner rather than later.

"I do," said Hurdle. "We've got some guys we're counting on to provide some offense. Whether it be (Adam) Frazier who's kind of swimming right now, trying to treading water, but you've got Cervelli that's shown offensive capabilities and you've got Kang who's shown offensive capabilities and hopefully there was a tick up tonight and some action that is going to happen. Moran's done his thing, Cabrera's done his thing, Bell's obviously in a good spot swinging the bat, but we could use some help from a couple other guy's for sure."

The Pirates (12-10) look to avoid the sweep as they wrap up the 4-game series with the Diamondbacks (14-11) and this home-stand Thursday afternoon at 12:35 pm when they send Jameson Taillon to the mound against Zack Greinke. 

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