Published April 10, 2010
PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Young hit a grand slam for his second homer in two games and matched a career high with five RBIs, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 9-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
Young's second career slam highlighted a six-run third inning for Arizona, which improved to 3-1 and equaled its best start set in 2000.
Adam LaRoche broke an 0-for-13 slump with a two-run single in the third, and the Diamondbacks reloaded the bases against Charlie Morton (0-1). Mark Reynolds was hit on the left hand with a pitch, and Young came up after Morton struck out Miguel Montero.
Young sent a 2-1 pitch well over the 413-foot sign in left-center. He ended the night with three hits.
The Diamondbacks' offense provided plenty of support for starter Rodrigo Lopez, who limited the Pirates to one run over six innings.
The 34-year-old Lopez (1-0) helped himself with a single in the third, his first hit since 2007 and only the third of his career. The two-time 15-game winner who had Tommy John surgery in August 2007 made the Diamondbacks as a non-roster invite to spring training brought in to push prospects for a spot in the rotation.
Lopez, who did not pitch in the majors in 2008, allowed six hits and struck out five. He threw 90 pitches.
LaRoche added an RBI single in the fourth and finished 2 for 3 with a walk. Montero drove in a run with a double in the fourth and the Diamondbacks shined on defense, with left fielder Conor Jackson and center fielder Young each making a diving catch.
Morton struck out five of his first six batters but threw two wild pitches. He was charged with eight runs and nine hits in 3 1-3 innings.
The Pirates have two wins in their past 10 games at Chase Field, going back to 2008. Arizona is 12-4 in its last 16 against Pittsburgh.
NOTES: Pirates manager John Russell said right-hander Joel Hanrahan, who pitched Thursday night in a minor league rehabilitation assignment for Class-A Bradenton, will be re-evaluated after Saturday's outing. Hanrahan missed spring training with a right elbow injury and began the season on the 15-day disabled list but could be activated Monday. ... Russell said right-hander Daniel McCutchen might be sent to the minors to get more work after his scheduled start Saturday against Arizona because the Pirates won't need a fifth starter until April 24.