Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 8/9/12

The Pirates came out on top of a very strange game on Wednesday night, and gained a game on the Reds and Cardinals (both lost) in the process.

Kevin Correia‘s spot start went just like most of his previous outings. He was roughed up in the first inning, but bounced back to post a “quality start” … and of course, a win. The offense bailed him out, but after two runs in the first inning, Kevin did a pretty decent job, allowing just two more runs (one earned) over six innings.

After falling behind quickly, the Pirates went right to work with the bats and struck for three runs in the bottom of the first. Three straight hits with two outs–the third being Neil Walker‘s three run bomb–put the Bucs on top. Much like his homer in Cincinnati on Sunday, that was a big swing by Walker to turn the game around and erase any early negativity.

Starling Marte led off the fourth with a bomb–his second blast to center field in as many days–but the Bucs missed a chance to add on later in the inning when they left the bases loaded. Arizona tied the game in the fifth on a couple of hits and a Pedro Alvarez error, but the Pirates went right back to work at the plate. They quickly loaded the bases again, and Walker delivered another big hit–a double to the gap that scored two. Jones didn’t score and was thrown out at home trying to score on a wild pitch, but the Bucs had a two run lead.

Correia preserved the lead for one more inning, then Jordy Mercer added to it with his first career homer. Good for Mercer capitalizing on a rare start–and while it seemed like just a nice insurance run at the time, the Bucs would need it. Chris Resop allowed a run in the seventh (thanks to a Garrett Jones error) and Chad Qualls allowed one in the eighth (more shoddy defense didn’t help). Luckily, the good Joel Hanrahan showed up in the ninth, and he mowed down three D-Backs in a row for an easy save.

The Pirates were a mess defensively in this one, and it certainly wasn’t a thoroughly well-played game on either side…but as they say, a win is a win. The offense showed up and Correia delivered a solid spot start (and won his seventh game in a row, go figure). They now have a chance to win three of four tomorrow afternoon.

Pirates 7, Diamondbacks 6 / Box / 2012 Record: 63-47 / Next: Thursday, vs. DBacks, 4:05

MVP: Walker (+.393) / LVP: Correia (-.186) / Key play: Walker’s HR

©2012 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved.

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