Series: Game 3 of 3

Pittsburgh won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, April 8
Game 2: Tuesday, April 9
Game 3: Wednesday, April 10

Pirates 2

(3-6, 2-4 away)

Diamondbacks 10

(6-3, 3-3 home)

    3:40 PM ET, April 10, 2013

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: W. Miley (2-0)

    L: J. Sanchez (0-2)

    A.J. Pollock homers twice to help D-backs salvage series

    Associated Press

    PHOENIX -- A.J. Pollock homered twice, doubled and drove in four runs as the Arizona Diamondbacks salvaged the final game of their series against Pittsburgh, routing the Pirates 10-2 on Wednesday.

    Pollock began the day in an 0-for-14 rut. He also made a diving catch in center field to rob Andrew McCutchen in the first inning.

    Wade Miley (2-0) allowed two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings.

    Jonathan Sanchez (0-2) was charged with nine runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. The last two of those runs came after Sanchez left and reliever Chris Leroux walked two batters, on four pitches each, with the bases loaded in the Diamondbacks' four-run fourth.

    Pollock, a long shot to make the opening day roster before spring training injuries to Adam Eaton and Cody Ross, hit a three-run homer in the second and a solo shot leading off the fourth. He had two home runs in his 81 big league at-bats last season.

    Pollock, moved up to the No. 2 spot in the batting order by manager Kirk Gibson, doubled down the left-field line with one out in the first, then took off trying to steal third. Sanchez threw wildly to third and Pollock scored. Martin Prado followed with a walk, advanced to third on Paul Goldschmidt's single and scored when Miguel Montero grounded out. Alfredo Marte brought home the inning's third run with a two-out double.

    In the second, there was more trouble for Sanchez. Josh Wilson reached on a walk and Gerardo Parra singled before Pollock homered into the left-field seats to make it 6-0.

    Miley retired 10 in a row after Starling Marte opened the game with a double. The string ended when McCutchen walked with one out in the fourth. Gaby Sanchez singled and Josh Harrison had an RBI single.

    Pollock's second homer made it 7-1. Sanchez walked Goldschmidt and gave up a one-out single to Montero Miguel, and manager Clint Hurdle had seen enough from his left-handed starter.

    Leroux came on and promptly walked three straight. Another run scored on Miley's groundout and Arizona led 10-1 through four innings.

    Game notes

    Arizona 2B Aaron Hill got a day off after being hit in the left hand by a pitch on Tuesday night. X-rays were negative and he hopes to return on Friday night. ... The Pirates, 2-4 on their road trip, return home to open a weekend series against Cincinnati on Friday. Arizona has Thursday off, then begins a three-game home series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. ... Marte had a hit to lead off all three games against Arizona. ... Pollock was 3 for 17 (.176) entering the game and hadn't gotten a hit since opening day.

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    Game Information

    StadiumChase Field, Phoenix, AZ
    Attendance17,769 (36.5% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:52
    Weather70 degrees, sunny
    Wind4 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Gary Darling, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Clint Fagan

    Research Notes

    From Elias: A.J. Pollock has two home runs in the first four innings against the Pirates; he had two total homers in his first 37 games.

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