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Pirates lose 7-4 to Diamondbacks

Norm Hall

In addition to not making any trades, the Pirates also didn't win any games Thursday, falling to the Diamondbacks, 7-4.

The Bucs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second when Neil Walker singled, Ike Davis walked, and Russell Martin brought both of them home with a double.

Jeff Locke was fine through three innings, but got hung up in the fourth on another Pedro Alvarez throwing incident. After the Diamondbacks loaded the bases, Josh Collmenter hit a two-out grounder to third. Alvarez fielded it and double-clutched, which led (as Alvarez's double-clutching usually does) to a bad throw. Davis probably still should've gotten it, but he didn't, and the Diamondbacks tied the game. They then took a 3-2 lead on Jordan Pacheco's RBI single in the fifth.

Neil Walker tied it with a solo homer in the sixth, but things really went south for Locke in the bottom of the inning. Nick Ahmed led off with a single, and then Andy Marte (yes, Andy Marte, and yes, it really is 2014) hit a two-run homer on some horrible high changeupy thing. It was Marte's first big-league at-bat since 2010. Clint Hurdle left Locke in the game, and he gave up another homer to Aaron Hill later that inning.

The Pirates got one back on a pair of two-out hits in the seventh, but Stolmy Pimentel gave up a solo homer to Ahmed in the eighth.