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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Adam Frazier's pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning powered the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday.
Frazier's home run was his first in the majors. It was given up by fellow rookie Edubray Ramos, who took his first career loss to fall to 1-1. Frazier's homer made a winner of Pirates' reliever Neftali Feliz (4-0).
Making his second appearance since a trip to the disabled list for a fatigued shoulder, starter Jameson Taillon struck out seven batters in six innings but was also hittable at times. He surrendered four extra-base hits, including solo home runs by Odubel Herrera and Andres Blanco, which allowed the Phillies to build a 4-2 lead.
The Pirates' comeback started in the sixth inning, when Starling Marte lead off with a double to center and then Matt Joyce sent a first-pitch fastball from Philadelphia starter Vince Velasquez 434 feet off the batters' eye beyond the centerfield wall. The game was delayed an hour and 32 minutes by a thunderstorm in the bottom of the eighth inning.
PNC Park continues to be a problem spot for the Phillies. They dropped the three-game series, 2-1, and have now lost three consecutive series in Pittsburgh with just one win in that span. Since PNC Park opened in 2001, the Phillies are 16-31 at the home of their in-state rival.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Paul Goldschmidt's solo home run in the fifth inning gave Arizona the lead for good, and the Diamondbacks finished with four homers in holding off the Cincinnati Reds 9-8 Sunday.
Yasmany Tomas chipped in a with a pair of solo home runs and Wellington Castillo had a three-run shot as Arizona ended a four-game losing streak and avoided a three-game sweep in Cincinnati for the first time since 2007.
It wasn't easy. Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer in the ninth to pull the Reds within a run before Tyler Clippard regrouped to get the final three outs.
Every Cincinnati starter except pitcher Brandon Finnegan had at least one hit off starter Zack Godley, helping the Reds come from behind twice.
Godley (3-1) became the first pitcher in franchise history to reach seven career wins as a starter in as few as 10 starts. He allowed 10 hits and five runs with two walks and three strikeouts. He also hit a batter.
Finnegan (5-8) failed for the fourth consecutive start to get past five innings. He allowed seven hits and six runs with two walk and three strikeouts.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza (pee-AHT'-zuh) are the newest members of Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. In his first year of eligibility, Griffey was named on 437 of 440 possible ballots. Piazza, who was in his fourth year of eligibility, was named on 365 ballots.
Griffey played 22 years in the big leagues and finished with 630 home runs. He began his career with the Mariners and finished it with the team he grew up watching, Cincinnati. He was selected to the All-Star game 13 times and won 10 Gold Gloves.
Piazza was drafted by the Dodgers in the 62nd round, perhaps the finest 62nd round draft pick in history. A first baseman in college, he moved behind the plate with L.A. and finished his career as one of the best-hitting catchers in baseball. He also played for the Marlins before landing with the Mets, the team he is best known for having played for. He posted a career batting average of .308 and is fourth all-time in runs driven in by catchers. He was named to 12 All-Star games.