Jose Osuna's no-doubt, 10th-inning, two-run blast was the fifth home run of Sunday's game and the third for the Pirates. This one gave the Bucs a lead they would, eventually, after some more goofiness, hold on to for a 6-4 win over and a series split with the Diamondbacks.
Osuna came in on a double switch in the seventh, replacing Josh Bell at first for some reason. This, rightfully, drew a lot of ire on Twitter as the Pirates lost their lead and needed hitters, particularly one that had homered earlier in the day. That this worked out was a pleasant surprise after the Pirates' bats went silent for several innings and a series of oddities that seemed destined to end in a loss.
Tony Watson was spotted the two-run lead after wiggling out of the ninth, with a popped-up bunt and a smooth double play. Back-to-back one-out singles by Daniel Descalso and A.J. Pollock put the tying run on in the 10th. Pollock injured himself on the hit and, with the D-backs out of position players, was pinch-run for by $200 million pitcher Zack Greinke. Oddly, left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin pinch hit (for another pitcher) against the lefty Watson. He struck out. After an intentional walk to Paul Goldschmidt, Watson got Jake Lamb to ground out to end the 4-hour game.
The Pirates built a 4-2 lead through three innings, with homers from Andrew McCutchen and Bell in the third. Goldschmidt smacked a two-run dinger in the first, then a solo shot in the fifth.
Daniel Hudson's struggles continued in the eighth. With a one-run lead he walked three to load the bases. Felipe Rivero was apparently unavailable, so, naturally
Watson Wade LeBlanc came in to the bases-loaded, two-out situation. Going with the spirit of things, LeBlanc walked Jeff Mathis, a light-hitting catcher pinch hitting, to tie the game, but froze Goldschmidt on an 88 MPH four-seamer to escape further damage.
The Pirates chased Arizona starter Robbie Ray with six hits in four innings. Ivan Nova allowed nine hits in six innings, but allowed three runs with four strikeouts and ... a walk???... in a good-for-pitching-in-Arizona outing.
In case you were relieved to have more of the Pirates' hitters back, Gregory Polanco pulled up on a fifth-inning groundout and left the game with a left hamstring injury. That's the same hamstring that gave him trouble last season.
Adam Frazier led off and had went 3-for-5.
After losing the first five games of their road trip, the Pirates took the final two, forging a split with the Diamondbacks. They have an off day Monday to rest their pitching staff (and hopefully heal their right fielder, somehow) before the Nationals visit Pittsburgh.