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
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
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
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
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."
"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.
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.
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