Final in 10

Series: Game 1 of 3

Pittsburgh leads 1-0 (as of 8/16)

Game 1: Monday, August 16
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Game 2: Tuesday, August 17
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Game 3: Wednesday, August 18
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Pirates 8

(56-60, 26-32 away)

Diamondbacks 7

(36-84, 18-42 home)

    9:35 PM ET, August 16, 2004

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: J. Mesa (4-1)

    L: G. Aquino (0-1)

    S: M. Gonzalez (1)

    Ward ties career high with six RBI

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Daryle Ward's batting eye was not affected by nearly two months on the disabled list.

    The Pittsburgh first baseman tied a career high with six RBI and fell a single short of hitting for the cycle for the second time this season, and Jack Wilson hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to lead the Pirates to an 8-7 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

    In his first game since coming off the disabled list, Ward went 3-for-6 but struck out with the bases loaded in the 10th in a bid to join Babe Herman of the 1931 Brooklyn Dodgers as the only players to hit for the cycle twice in a season.

    "I can't believe I had a chance for the cycle, but it'll work out when it's supposed to," Ward said.

    Jose Castillo scored the winning run on a headfirst slide with his right arm extended, beating an off-line throw by Arizona center fielder Luis Terrero which drew catcher Koyie Hill up the third-base line.

    Wilson hit the fly off Greg Aquino (0-1), who then loaded the bases with two walks before striking out Ward to end the inning.

    "It was a lot harder than the last time," said Ward, who had the cycle and six RBI on May 26 at St. Louis. "I just wanted to get a hit to give us a cushion, but then again, it just shows what kind of heart this team has to win on one run."

    The Diamondbacks scored four times in the ninth to tie it at 7, but still fell to 1-71 when trailing after eight.

    Hill had four RBI for Arizona, which lost for the 10th time in 11 games.

    Ward hit a three-run triple off Brandon Webb in the fifth inning and gave the Pirates a 4-3 lead with a solo shot off Elmer Dessens leading off the eighth. He added a two-run double against Shane Nance in the ninth. It was the third time he's had six RBI.

    "He's a professional hitter," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "It's nice to have him back in the lineup."

    Tike Redman also homered off Dessens in the eighth.

    "All it does is show that we can win," Redman said. "With the help of D-Ward and our pitching to close it out for us, and defense-wise, it's an all-around good game."

    Hill tied it at 3 with an RBI single off John Grabow in the seventh.

    The Pirates took a 7-3 lead into the ninth, but closer Jose Mesa nearly gave the game away in a non-save situation when he allowed a three-run homer to Hill -- the rookie's first big league homer and four-RBI game -- and three consecutive two-out singles -- the last by Danny Bautista.

    But Mesa (4-1) got the win despite allowing four runs on five hits and a walk.

    "I'm very happy the way we played tonight," Arizona manager Al Pedrique said. "I mean, I've got to tip my hat to the team. It was a great team effort. It was a great comeback getting Mesa and tying the game. We had a good chance to win the game."

    Mike Gonzalez got three outs in the 10th for his first save, striking out Hill with Terrero on third after a walk and sacrifice by Scott Hairston.

    "I was satisfied with that at-bat," Hill said. "I thought it was a tough at-bat, and we had a couple chances there to drive the tying run in again. It just didn't work out."

    Hairston hit a solo homer off Pittsburgh starter Sean Burnett, who allowed five hits and two runs in five innings, and Bautista had two RBI singles.

    The Pirates went ahead in the fifth after they loaded the bases for Ward on a single by Jason Kendall, a fielder's choice, a walk and Tim Green's fielding error at third.

    Ward, who tore a ligament in his right thumb June 25 at Cincinnati and wasn't reinstated until Sunday, then lined a drive off Webb into right field that dropped just under Bautista's glove and rolled to the fence for a 3-2 lead.

    Webb, who leads the National League in walks (91) and wild pitches (15), gave up three unearned runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings, striking out six.

    He was in trouble in the third, when he had runners on second and third after a walk, wild pitch and a single by Jack Wilson. But he struck out Rob Mackowiak and Craig Wilson to keep it scoreless.

    Webb similarly escaped damage in the fourth after two-out singles by Redman and Castillo. He caught Castillo off first base to start a 1-6-3 play that retired the Pirates.

    Game notes


    Kendall's overthrow on Quinton McCracken's successful steal of second in the first inning ended Pittsburgh's string of 69 1-3 errorless innings. ... Arizona LHP Stephen Randolph will make his first big league start Tuesday, replacing Lance Cormier in the rotation. ... Redman was 3-for-5, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.

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