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Jackson homers in Arizona's record 13-run burst

PHOENIX (AP) — Pitcher Edwin Jackson hit the first homer of his career, capping a team-record 13-run burst in the fourth inning that sent the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Pittsburgh Pirates 15-6 Sunday.

Chris Young and Kelly Johnson also connected during the big inning that featured eight hits, including two by Jackson.

Chris Snyder homered for Arizona and tied his career high with five RBIs. Young's homer was his third in four games and he drove in four runs, giving him nine RBIs for the series.

Stephen Drew drove in two runs and every Diamondbacks starter scored. Jackson, a career .129 hitter entering the day, came around twice in the huge inning.

Jackson singled early in the fourth, then finished it off with a two-run homer. At 400 feet, his drive was Arizona's longest of the day.

The Diamondbacks easily surpassed the club record of eight runs in an inning. They matched a team mark for hits.

Jackson (1-1) settled down after a rough start to win his first game with Arizona. He was an All-Star last year with Detroit and was acquired in a three-team trade that sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees.

Daniel McCutchen (0-1) lasted 3 1-3 innings in his season debut. He allowed nine runs on six hits, including three home runs.

Bobby Crosby homered for the Pirates, Lastings Milledge had three hits and Delwyn Young drove in two runs.

Snyder hit a two-run homer in the second, and Arizona trailed 4-2 heading into the fourth.

Young put the Diamondbacks ahead with a three-run homer and Johnson followed with a home run. After back-to-back singles by Jackson and Conor Jackson, Stephen Drew tripled to chase McCutchen.

Drew came home on Hayden Penn's wild pitch and Justin Upton scored on a groundout. Snyder greeted reliever Jack Taschner with a three-run double and Jackson followed with his home run.

Jackson won despite allowing 10 hits, the most he has give up since Sept. 24, 2008, when he surrendered 10 hits to Baltimore. He won that game also.

Since starting 2-0, Pittsburgh has lost three of four and has been outscored 36-15. The Pirates have allowed at least nine runs in each of their losses and 45 total, the most in the National League.

Pittsburgh scored three times and hit for the cycle in the third to go up 4-2. Following Andrew McCutchen's homer to left field, Milledge doubled down the right-field line, Ryan Church reached on an infield single and both scored when Delwyn Young's liner to shallow center got past a diving Chris Young. Church ended up with a triple.

NOTES: Pittsburgh's Delwyn Young made his first major league start at 3B. He committed an error on his first play, throwing wide of first base after fielding Conor Jackson's grounder. ... The distance on Mark Reynolds home run Saturday was changed from 476 feet to 452 feet, dropping it from seventh-longest hit at Chase Field to tied for 31st.