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Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona Attendance: 21,047
Weaver, D-backs look to stay hot against Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates at Arizona Diamondbacks
- Despite having a 7-3 record in May, the Pirates have a -16-run differential over that time. It's just the fifth time in NL history that a team has won seven of 10 games while having a run differential of -15 or worse, and first time since the Diamondbacks from July 27 -- August 7, 2007.
- The Diamondbacks won the first game of their four-game series at home against the Braves, then proceeded to lose the final three games. Arizona's 8-10 record at home is tied for 22nd in the majors, while its 14-9 mark on the road ranks fourth.
- The Diamondbacks have won eight straight games against the Pirates, their longest active win streak against any opponent. Over these eight games, Arizona has outscored Pittsburgh by 38 runs (51-13), while hitting 10 home runs to Pittsburgh's two.
- In his last start, Robbie Ray struck out 11 batters in 5.2 innings pitched. Ray has five career starts with double-digit strikeouts when pitching fewer than 6.0 innings, tied with Nolan Ryan and Rich Harden for the most such games by any pitcher in the live-ball era (since 1920).
- Through 37 games this season, Josh Bell has 25 extra-base hits, 25 runs and 34 RBI. The last Pirate with at least 25 extra-base hits, 25 runs, and 25 RBI through 37 games in a season was Dale Long in 1956.
- Ketel Marte hit two home runs and drove in six runs when the Diamondbacks swept the Pirates in four games earlier this season. Since that series began on April 22, Marte is slashing .295/.395/.580 with five home runs and 15 runs scored in 19 games.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks have won five consecutive games against the Pittsburgh Pirates this season, and they will send out a hot pitcher to try to make it six in a row Tuesday night in Phoenix.
Luke Weaver (3-1, 2.98 ERA) is coming off back-to-back seven-inning performances in which he allowed one run and three hits in each. The last time out, against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, one of his fastballs hit 99 mph.
"I knew I threw it as hard as I could, and sometimes it's nice to see a number that backs up how hard (you think) you threw it," Weaver said on azcentral.com. "Sometimes, the number is not so pleasing. But, yeah, a really cool moment."
Weaver picked up one of his victories on April 23 during Arizona's four-game sweep in Pittsburgh. He allowed one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings in a 2-1 win.
In three career starts against the Pirates, Weaver is 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA.
The 25-year-old, who was a late first-round draft pick by St. Louis in 2014, is in the best stretch of his major league career with a 1.82 ERA in his past five starts.
"I can just tell by his mound presence, and his demeanor -- he wants the ball back from the catcher as soon as possible so he can go to work," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "He's just in a really good run right now."
Weaver has always had the high-90s velocity, but he was just 7-11 with a 4.95 ERA last season with the Cardinals before being part of the Paul Goldschmidt trade in the offseason. Adding a cut fastball to his fastball/changeup mix has been effective for the right-hander this season.
The Pirates entered Monday night's opener of a three-game series having won eight of 11 games, but Arizona's bats woke up in a 9-3 win.
The Diamondbacks were 6-for-16 with runners in scoring position after going 5-for-38 in those situations in the recently completed four-game series against Atlanta as Arizona lost the final three games.
Pittsburgh right-hander Joe Musgrove (1-4, 4.20 ERA) will try to chill those bats. He took a 1.54 ERA into May but has been rocked for 15 runs (13 earned) in 5 2/3 innings over two starts this month.
Musgrove is 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA in four career appearances (three starts) against Arizona.
Monday's game was special for Pirates 22-year-old rookie shortstop Cole Tucker, who grew up as a Diamondbacks fan in the Phoenix area.
"Making your debut is awesome, and that's definitely No. 1 the coolest thing that's happened to me since I've been up here," he said on MLB.com. "But this is a close second. This is home."
He had about 300 friends and family at the game, when he went 0-for-3. He is hitting .177 in 62 at-bats.
Pittsburgh first baseman Josh Bell enters with a 13-game hitting streak, the longest current streak in the majors. He is hitting .415 (22-for-53) with seven doubles, four home runs and 17 RBIs during the streak. He went 2-for-4 on Monday.
Arizona has won nine in a row against Pittsburgh dating to last season, and 13 of the past 14 going back to 2017.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 14, 2019