Pittsburgh's Jeff Karstens hopes this start against the Arizona Diamondbacks goes better than his first.
Based on how he's been pitching lately, his dominance at home and his previous success in the series, he would seemingly have better luck in the rematch.
Karstens tries to win his fifth straight decision and help the Pirates move 17 games over .500 for the first time in 20 years Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks.
Pittsburgh (62-46) opened a season-high 11-game homestand with a 4-0 win over Arizona on Monday and improved to a major league-best 34-16 at home. The Pirates collected nine singles to go with Clint Barmes' fifth-inning double, while Erik Bedard and two relievers combined on a two-hitter.
The owners of the league's second wild-card spot pulled within 3 12 games of NL Central-leading Cincinnati, and are trying to move 17 games over the break-even mark for the first time since ending the 1992 campaign 96-66 - the season of their last winning record...