Overbay sparks Pirates to 8-5 comeback win against Diamondbacks

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The Pirates waited out the Arizona Diamondbacks and starter Daniel Hudson.

Hudson made it look easy for seven innings, but in the eighth, with David Hernandez on the mound, the Pirates' offense took advantage.

Five runs in the bottom of the eighth allowed the Pirates to come back and win, 8-5, against the Diamondbacks Tuesday night at PNC Park.

The Pirates trailed, 5-3, in the eighth. Garrett Jones and Jose Tabata hit back-to-back doubles, Tabata scoring Jones, to cut the lead to 5-4. Josh Harrison's single scored Tabata and tied the score, 5-5.


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Game: Pirates vs. Diamondbacks, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park.

TV, radio: Root Sports, WPGB-FM 104.7.

Pitching: LHP Paul Maholm (2-7, 3.66) vs. LHP Zach Duke (1-1, 3.00).

Key matchup: Maholm vs. an unfamiliar lineup: He has not faced the Diamondbacks since August 2007.

Of note: Duke, a former Pirate, has a 31-31 career record at PNC Park.

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Xavier Paul bunted in front of home plate and Miguel Montero attempted to throw out Harrison at second, but Harrison beat the throw. Andrew McCutchen walked to load the bases with no outs for Lyle Overbay, who hit a bases-clearing double to the right-center field gap and gave the Pirates an 8-5 lead.

The Diamondbacks, who have played great baseball recently, had 13 hits, eight of them off starter Kevin Correia. Correia allowed four runs in five innings. He had earned the win in his past three starts, but entered the game only 1-3 at home. The fifth inning, where Correia allowed three runs on five hits, ended his evening.

Hudson allowed only three hits but the Pirates scored three runs, one earned, against him.

Juan Miranda had four hits, a career high, including a well-struck home run in the fifth inning. Kelly Johnson had two hits as well.

Correia allowed a home run to Johnson, the second batter he faced. Johnson hit a hard line drive into the seats in right field to give the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead.

Correia walked two batters in the first two innings and had runners on the corners in the second, but Harrison, starting at second base, caught Gerardo Parra's soft liner on the run and doubled off Miranda at first.

McCutchen walked in the second, then went to third when Overbay's groundball scooted under Miranda's glove near first base. Chris Snyder lined out to center to score McCutchen. Ronny Cedeno's single up the middle scored Overbay from second and gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead.

McCutchen hit a ground-rule double in the fourth and advanced to third on Overbay's flyout. He tagged and broke for home on Snyder's line drive to the left fielder Parra, who made a great throw to Montero at home that appeared to beat McCutchen. Home plate umpire Dan Iassogna ruled that Montero bobbled the ball as he tagged McCutchen and the run counted, giving the Pirates a 3-1 lead.

Miranda followed Johnson's lead, crushing a 3-2 pitch over the Clemente Wall in the fifth to cut the Pirates' lead to 3-2. Hudson and Roberts both reached base, with a single and a double, and both scored on Johnson's single to put the Diamondbacks ahead, 4-3.

The Diamondbacks had runners on first and third and Chris Young hit a sharp liner to right-center, but Paul caught up with it to end the inning.

Chris Young homered off Evan Meek in the eighth to put the Diamondbacks ahead, 5-3.


Bill Brink: bbrink@post-gazette.com .


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