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ARI@PIT: Johnson lines a two-run single to center

PITTSBURGH -- The normally reliable D-backs bullpen imploded, and the Pirates rallied for an 8-5 win on Tuesday night at PNC Park.

The Bucs got to reliever David Hernandez for five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull out the victory. Hernandez was tagged with the loss, falling to 2-2 on the season.

"It's always a grind once you get the leadoff guy on," said Hernandez. "But after that, my game plan since day one -- since I was a little leaguer -- is to just throw it over the plate -- and if they hit, it they hit it. And it didn't work out."

Pinch-hitter Garrett Jones led off the eighth with a double. Jones scored to make it 5-4 on a double by Jose Tabata. Josh Harrison singled and Xavier Paul followed with a bunt, but Arizona's unsuccessful attempt to get Harrison at second gave Pittsburgh two baserunners. Andrew McCutchen drew a walk to load the bases. Lyle Overbay came to the plate and cleared the bases with a double, giving Pittsburgh an 8-5 lead.

"Looking back at the first at-bat, Garrett Jones, it's 2-2 and he fouled off a couple pitches -- and he hit a fastball," D-backs interim manager Alan Trammell said. "Then Tabata hits the guy off the wall, and it kind of snowballed from there.

"Harrison was next and we had him 0-2, and he missed a couple of bunts and the breaking ball. He was trying to get the guy over, and it found a hole right up the middle and that was the momentum. You could sense it right there, but [Hernandez is] still our guy and we were hoping with Overbay that he could strike him out and maybe get a double play. But again that didn't happen."

Arizona made a loser out of Trammell, who was filling in for manager Kirk Gibson -- who received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine as a result of the intentional throwing incidents that took place during Sunday's game against the Nationals.

"Momentum is a wonderful thing, if you're on the good side of it," Trammell stated. "But on the other side, you could see that it was one of those innings that you hoped you could minimize the damage. But when you drop a five spot in the eighth inning, that's never a good thing."

D-backs right-hander Daniel Hudson tossed seven innings and allowed three runs (one earned) and three hits. He wound up with a no-decision.

"It's real tough," Hudson stated. "A couple zeros in a row, and then they came out pretty hot in the eighth inning. It's real tough to swallow. Obviously, we felt like, if you don't look at the scoreboard ... we should have scored eight runs. But you've got to tip your cap to those guys, they just battled."

"Hudson was tough to hit tonight," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Even though we didn't hit much off him, we got his pitch count up. You get to the bullpen, and you never know."

"Hudson pitched a pretty good game today," McCutchen said. "They got a new guy in there and we were able to jump on him. We didn't give up. We just kept battling."

Correia had a shaky outing, surrendering four runs on eight hits in five innings of work. The late rally bailed him out, handing him a no-decision.

Right-hander Chris Resop got the win in relief for the Bucs, upping his record to 2-1.

The D-backs jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Kelly Johnson deposited a Correia offering into the right-field stands. It was home run No. 12 for Johnson.

The Pirates got two unearned runs in the bottom of the second inning. McCutchen walked and advanced to third on a two-base error by D-backs first baseman Juan Miranda on a hard grounder by Overbay. Chris Snyder hit a sacrifice fly to knock in McCutchen, while Ronny Cedeno singled to drive in Overbay.

The Bucs scored again in the bottom of the third. McCutchen doubled and eventually scored on a close play at the plate following a sacrifice fly by Snyder. D-backs left fielder Gerardo Parra appeared to have cut down McCutchen at the plate, but home-plate umpire Dan Iassogna ruled that catcher Miguel Montero juggled the ball. McCutchen was deemed safe, giving the Pirates a 3-1 lead.

Arizona got to Correia again in the top of fifth inning. Miranda cracked his sixth home run to lead off the inning. With one out, Hudson singled and Ryan Roberts doubled. Johnson knocked them both in with a single to give the D-backs a 4-3 lead.

The D-backs tacked on a run in the top of the eighth inning, when Chris Young hit his 11th home run of the season, upping the lead to 5-3.

After the Pirates' eighth-inning explosion, closer Joel Hanrahan pitched a scoreless ninth inning to seal the victory for Pittsburgh.

The D-backs have rallied numerous times this season, and the Pirates' uprising was a bit of a stunner.

"It's a different feeling for us this year," Hudson stated. "We've done that so many times ... it's a different feeling, and we're just going to move on and get them tomorrow.' Comments