PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jack Suwinski followed his game-winning homer a day earlier with three hits on Sunday to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0.
The rookie has at least one hit in his past five games, and was 7 for 12 this series. Suwinski hit a two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth Saturday, giving the Pirates a 2-1 win, after going 3 for 4 on Friday.
“Any time we get our kids in the lineup and they start to play, you start to see the glimpses of putting the whole thing together,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “There has been a process to it. I understand that maybe at times that process is frustrating to people, but (general manager Ben Cherington) has had a plan all along.”
Pittsburgh took two of three from Arizona after a three-game sweep of the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
The Diamondbacks scored one run in the final 20 innings of the series after plating eight in the first seven innings.
“We have to be better, no doubt about it,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “We’re a very capable offensive team. We have a good approach. We don’t try to do too much and have big thoughts. It looked like we were having some big thoughts based on the types of swings I was watching us take.”
Pirates starter Zach Thompson (3-4) allowed four hits and two walks with four strikeouts. The right-hander has surrendered seven runs in 29 2/3 innings over his past six starts.
“It’s kind of all mechanical,” Thompson said. “Direction stuff is making my pitches play out a lot better. Before, I didn’t have very much consistency. Now I’m fixing direction and I’m able to stay a lot more consistent.”
David Bednar had two strikeouts in a perfect ninth for his 10th save.
Cal Mitchell started the fifth inning with with his first major-league home run, sending Zac…