Kris Johnson, in a memorable MLB debut at age 28, deserved better. So did Charley Morton, who made another strong start. The same can't be said for the Pirates offense, which had a particularly inept day. Two runs and nine hits in 15 innings. Two hits after the eighth inning. It wasn't bad, it was outrageously bad.
The 4-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks cut the Pirates lead in the NL Central to one game over St. Louis and 2 1/2 over Cincinnati, both of which won. The Pirates have lost seven of their past nine games.
The Associated Press
Adam Eaton's bloop double in the 16th inning drove in two runs, and the Arizona Diamondbacks outlasted the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 on Sunday.
Eaton's career-high fourth hit came during his seventh at-bat, with A.J. Pollock and Didi Gregorius on and two outs. Eaton fought off a 1-0 pitch from Kris Johnson and dunked the ball into shallow left-center. A sprinting Andrew McCutchen failed in his attempt at a diving catch.
Arizona remained five games behind Cincinnati in the race for the second NL wild-card spot. Pittsburgh's lead in the NL Central dwindled to one game over St. Louis.
The Pirates dropped two of three to Arizona, losing their third consecutive series.
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