Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered, doubled twice and drove in four runs and fellow All-Star Zac Gallen tossed seven strong innings to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 7-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night at Phoenix
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Corbin Carroll, also an All-Star, had two hits, two runs and two steals as the Diamondbacks halted a four-game losing streak. Kyle Lewis and Ketel Marte also had two hits apiece
Gallen (11-3) gave up one run, four hits, walked none and struck out five in his final outing before the All-Star break. Gallen, who is tied for most victories in the majors, is viewed as the favorite to start Tuesday’s All-Star Game for the National League.
Carlos Santana had two RBIs for the Pirates, who lost for the sixth time in seven games
Carroll injured his right shoulder during Thursday’s 9-0 loss to the New York Mets and an MRI exam on Friday came back clean. He lobbied his way into the starting lineup and knocked in Arizona’s first run with a bunt single in the third inning.
Gurriel came up next with two runners on and sent a 2-2 curveball from Pirates starter Rich Hill (7-9) over the wall in left center to make it 4-0
One inning later, Gurriel smacked an RBI double to make it a five-run margin.
Pittsburgh got on the board in the fifth when Jared Triolo doubled with one out and Tucupita Marcano followed with a run-scoring single.
The Diamondbacks used their speed to score twice in the sixth
Carroll singled with two outs and stole second. After Gurriel walked, the two worked a double steal and Pittsburgh’s Austin Hedges decided to throw to second and it went into center field and Carroll came in to score.
Christian Walker followed with an RBI double to make it 7-1.
Arizona’s Justin Martinez made his major league debut in the eighth and he walked two and hit a batter to bring up Santana with the bases full and two outs. Santana made him pay with the single to score two.
Jake McCarthy also had two steals as the Diamondbacks swiped five
Hill gave up five runs and seven hits over four innings. He walked four and fanned three.
–Field Level Media