Kelly’s homer came in the seventh against Pittsburgh reliever Anthony Banda (2-1) to give the Diamondbacks the lead for good.
“Pavin got us off the mat with that majestic home run,” Diamondbacks manger Torey Lovullo said. “That got us on the board and gave a little life to everybody.”
“Today was the David Peralta show,” Lovullo said. “He really carried us offensively.”
Arizona starter Tyler Gilbert worked five innings, allowing two runs on three hits. He walked three and struck out four.
Pirates starter Bryse Wilson pitched five scoreless innings in his return from the injured list. Wilson tied a season high with seven strikeouts and needed just 74 pitches. He gave up just two hits after he had missed 10 days with right arm fatigue.
Pittsburgh won the first two games of the series against Arizona, but has yet to secure a sweep this season. The Pirates fell to 0-11 in games in which they could have secured a series sweep this season.
“It’s frustrating because we had the lead and kind of gave it back a little bit, then didn’t execute late,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “As well as our bullpen has pitched, we got ahead of guys and just didn’t finish ‘em off. And because we didn’t finish ’em off, we got into counts where there was walks and extra runs.”
Diamondbacks: RHP Merrill Kelly has been cleared to resume work, but is expected to have a lengthy building-up process and remains on the COVID-19 injured list.
Pirates: RHP JT Brubaker was placed on the 10-day IL with a right thumb contusion suffered during his first at-bat on Tuesday night. … LHP Sam Howard (right oblique strain) will have at least one more rehab appearance with Triple-A Indianapolis before returning. … Top prospect Henry Davis needs an MRI to grade his right oblique strain, which could be season-ending.
Diamondbacks: RHP Zac Gallen (1-7, 4.59 ERA) will start a four-game series Thursday in Philadelphia as Arizona continues a 10-game road swing. The Diamondbacks are 16-49 away from home this season.
Pirates: RHP Mitch Keller (4-10, 6.35) starts Thursday at home against St. Louis. The Pirates took two of three against the Cardinals Aug. 20-22, including Keller’s first win since May 29.
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