Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Freese's Long Blast Difference in Win Locke Solid Again, Evens Record at 3-3 Pirates 5, Diamondbacks 4

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Freese's Long Blast Difference in Win Locke Solid Again, Evens Record at 3-3 Pirates 5, Diamondbacks 4

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Pirates reliever Neftali Feliz made the catch of the night Wednesday when he tracked David Freese's go-ahead, two-run home run and caught it cleanly as it came crashing down in the Pirates bullpen, far beyond the outfield wall at PNC Park, to cap a four-run fifth inning.

"When the center fielder here takes one or two steps and shuts down," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said, "that ball was clobbered."

Freese's homer off of Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Rubby De La Rosa completed the Pirates' comeback in a 5-4 win. It was Freese's third home run this season, but his first at PNC Park since he hit one off the Pirates' Paul Maholm in 2011.

The Pirates (26-19) had 11 hits. Gregory Polanco stayed hot, going 3 for 4 with an RBI double.

Hurdle earned win No. 457 with the Pirates to tie Pie Traynor for sixth on the Pirates' all-time wins list. Hurdle is nine wins shy of 1,000 for his career.

Left-hander Jeff Locke (3-3) settled in after a three-run second and continued a stretch of solid starting pitcher for the Pirates. In 6? innings, Locke allowed seven hits and four runs, with a walk and a strikeout. He felt the offense bailed him out after he made a few mistakes early.

"But outs are outs," he said. "Zeroes are zeroes."

After Locke set down the first five men in order, a four-pitch walk of Jake Lamb opened a door. The Diamondbacks busted through. Their first four runs all came on two-out, two strike changeups. Chris Owings yanked a 2-2 changeup down the left-field line for an RBI double, and Yasmany Tomas followed with a long, two-run blast to left, opening a 3-0 lead.

In the fifth, Rickie Weeks Jr. jumped on Locke's 0-2 changeup and banged it off the left-field foul pole. It was that pitch, which badly missed its intended location low and away, Locke regretted most.

"I let go of the ball and said, 'Please don't swing at it,' " Locke said. …

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