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Pirates sweep D-backs

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Walker homer completes sweep

Pirates 4 - Diamondbacks 3
Neil Walker hit a game-winning, two-run homerun in the eighth inning as the Pirates defeated the Diamondbacks 4-3. Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with a single and a homerun.

WP: Joel Hanrahan (4-1) 0.2 IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
LP: Aaron Heilman (5-8) 0.2 IP, 3H, 3R, 0BB, 1K
SV: Evan Meek (3) 1.0 IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K

On the hill: Zach Duke had a solid start for the Pirates, throwing 7.1 innings and giving up six hits and three runs. Joel Hanrahan picked up his fourth win of the season for the Pirates, throwing 0.2 inning, giving up zero hits and runs, and striking out two. Evan Meek got the save, throwing one inning and striking out one. Daniel Hudson threw 6.1 innings for the Diamondbacks and allowed three hits and one run while striking out six. Aaron Heilman suffered the loss, allowing three hits and three runs, including Walker's game-winning homer, in 0.2 inning.

In the box: The Pirates used a productive eighth inning to defeat the Diamondbacks. Ronny Cedeno started the inning with a single to third, and then Andrew McCutchen hit a single to center that moved Cedeno to third. Jose Tabata brought Cedeno home with a fielder's choice ground ball to third. Then, Walker  answered with a homerun that gave Pittsburgh the 4-3 win. Tabata also hit a double in the sixth. McCutchen's lead-off homerun in the first inning gave the Pirates an early 1-0 lead, but the Diamondbacks answered in the fourth with Adam LaRoche doubling to deep right to score Chris Young and John Hester following with a double to left that brought LaRoche home. Ryan Roberts hit a solo homerun in the eighth inning.

Quoteables: "They didn't really hit the ball hard off of him. He did a great job and it was really a breath of fresh air for him." -Pirates manager John Russell on Zach Duke's performance.

"We're still playing hard and the attitude is very good. They're not just waiting for the last game of the season, which is good to see from a young time." -Russell

Up next: Paul Maholm (7-15, 5.36) and Jake Westbrook (8-10, 4.22) face off when the Pirates take on the Cardinals on Tuesday.

PIRATES: 50-98, 6th place (-33.5)

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