D'backs Hold off Pirates

By Biertempfel, Rob | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 8, 2008 | Go to article overview
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D'backs Hold off Pirates

Biertempfel, Rob, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Snyder thought he had hit a home run in the fourth inning Saturday night, until Pirates left fielder Jason Bay made a fantastic catch.

In the ninth inning, Snyder made sure there was no chance for Bay to rob him again.

Snyder's solo shot landed deep in the left-field bleachers, and lifted the Diamondbacks to a 4-3 victory.

"I'm not that fast, and I can't jump that high," Bay said. "He had a little something to prove on the second one."

In the top of the fourth, Arizona had a runner at second and one out. Snyder hit a blast to left, but Bay raced back to the wall and made the catch. Snyder rounded first base, then slumped to his knees in disbelief.

"I think I made it look a little better than it was," Bay said. "It's tricky down there in the corner. You never know if you're up against the side wall or that little notch."

Reliever John Grabow (4-2) took the loss. Snyder's homer was the only hit the lefty allowed in two innings, and it marked just the second time Grabow had been scored upon in 14 outings this season at PNC Park.

"One bad pitch," Pirates manager John Russell said. "(Grabow) has been very steady for us all year. In the same situation, I'd put him back out there again."

Grabow's loss snapped a run of eight straight victories by Pirates relievers. It was the second run the bullpen had allowed in a six-game span, covering 141/3 innings.

In the bottom of the ninth, facing closer Brandon Lyon, Ryan Doumit led off with a single to left and was replaced by pinch- runner Luis Rivas.

Rivas tried to steal second with one out but was thrown out easily by Snyder.

"I thought I was safe," Rivas said. "It was pretty close."

Pirates starter Tom Gorzelanny overcame a rough first inning and turned in a solid, albeit not overpowering, performance.

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