PHOENIX (AP) -- Jose Castillo couldn't contain his excitement
over getting back into uniform after an injury.
The Arizona Diamondbacks couldn't contain him at all.
Castillo, playing for the first time since April 6, had three
hits -- including a solo homer and an RBI triple -- and scored twice
to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks
on Thursday night.
"A good day for me," he said. "I don't know about tomorrow,
but I'll try. I'm working hard."
The Pirates, 3-1 on a 10-game road trip, had 11 hits, two nights
after setting a season high with 14 in a 7-4 win over Houston.
"Early on, it was like two or three guys, and now guys like
Jack and Craig [Wilson] are starting to heat up," Jason Bay said.
"Castillo's back. You know, we don't have a $15 million man and we
don't have the three or four big boppers that carry a lot of teams.
We need everyone to pitch in."
Bay and Jack Wilson had solo homers, and Dave Williams (2-3)
ended his three-game losing streak by holding the Diamondbacks to
two runs in a season-high seven innings. He allowed five hits,
walked three and struck out three.
"I was glad the offense could do their thing tonight, and I was
able to do my part," Williams said.
Arizona's Shawn Estes (2-3) allowed season highs of 10 hits,
including the homers by Bay and Jack Wilson, and five runs in 5 1/3
innings. He was replaced by newcomer Kerry Ligtenberg, who allowed
Castillo's shot into the left-field grandstand in the seventh for a
6-2 Pirates lead.
"My objective is to keep the ball on the ground," Estes said.
"When I'm pitching well, regardless of where, I'm getting a lot of
groundballs. Tonight they ended up hitting the ball in the air a
The Pirates activated Castillo from the disabled list before the
game. He injured his left oblique in his first at-bat against
Milwaukee in the second game of the year and was 0-for-4 coming in.
He grounded out in his first at-bat, but then singled in the
fourth, breaking a 2-all tie when he scored on David Ross'
sacrifice fly. Castillo made it 5-2 with his triple in the fifth.
"I didn't think he'd come out and do that. It was certainly
nice to see that kind offense," said Pirates manager Lloyd
McClendon, who said before the game that he expected Castillo would
add pop to the lineup.
Bay gave the Pirates a quick lead when he hit the scoreboard
with a 455-foot drive in the first inning, but the Diamondbacks
tied it in their half when Craig Counsell led off with a double and
scored on Royce Clayton's single.
The teams exchanged unearned runs in the third.
There were two outs when Arizona's Quinton McCracken misjudged
Bay's towering fly to center, couldn't backpedal enough and dropped
it for a two-base error. Craig Wilson followed with a sharp RBI
single to center.
Arizona manager Bob Melvin thought an unusually windy day, which
affected fly balls in Bank One Ballpark with the roof and outfield
windows open, came into play.
"He just kept going back and back," Melvin said. "Balls that
were hit real high were getting in the current up there and kept
The Pirates have an extra-base hit in all 27 games. They
equaled their season high for homers, set against Chicago on April
15. ... The Pirates have won five of their last seven games in
Phoenix. ... Arizona purchased Ligtenberg's contract from Triple-A
Tucson before the game and designated reliever Randy Choate for