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Come-from-behind wins old hat for Pirates

PHOENIX -- Pittsburgh has shown a recent knack for winning late, and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle believes the shock should have worn off by now.

"We seem to surprise people when we do things like this," Hurdle said after the Pirates scored eight runs in the final two innings of a 9-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

"It's backyard baseball. It's nothing spectacular other than we just play."

Shortstop Jordy Mercer had two doubles and drove in the tie-breaking run in a five-run ninth inning after pinch-hitter Pedro Alvarez had a two-run double to tie the game at four in the eighth.

"This is a team that doesn't stop playing until the last out is made," Alvarez said. "It's kind of been evident the last few years. That's something that hasn't wavered from our play, no matter what time of the year it is."

The Pirates (58-51) had 36 comeback victories while making the playoffs for the first time in 21 years in 2014. They are on a similar pace this season, picking up their 27th come-from-behind win of the season Friday.

Third baseman Josh Harrison doubled with one out in the ninth inning and scored on Mercer's double off right-hander Bo Schultz (0-1) to make the score 5-4.

After center fielder Andrew McCutchen was intentionally walked, pinch-hitter Michael Martinez singled in Mercer for a 6-4 lead and his first RBI of the season.

Catcher Russell Martin added an RBI single and left fielder Travis Snider capped the rally with a two-run single.

"It's nice to be able to do that," Martin said of the comeback. "You don't want to put yourself in that position too often.

"It just shows the resilience that we have. We grind out at-bats all the way through the game, whether we are down. It doesn't matter. We play hard every night. It doesn't mean we are going to win every night, but it means we can trust each other to play that kind of baseball."

Mercer scored three times and McCutchen had two hits and an RBI for the Pirates, who have won four out of six and moved a half-game past St. Louis and into second place in the NL Central.

Left-hander Tony Watson (8-1) pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning for the victory.

The Diamondbacks (49-62) had won three of their last four and jumped out to a 4-0 lead when rookie center fielder Ender Inciarte hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning.

Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was hit on top of the left hand by pitch from Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning after entering the game in a double-switch in the top of the inning.

Goldschmidt remained in the game but had X-rays immediately after. He said he did not know the results, and that hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan would evaluate the injury Saturday.

"Obviously there is still some pain because it hit it pretty good," Goldschmidt said. "I don't know what it would feel like if it was or wasn't anything wrong with it. It's part of the game, getting hit."

Harrison doubled, tripled and scored twice while getting an extra-base hit in his sixth straight game.

Harrison tripled with one out in the eighth inning before Mercer walked. McCutchen doubled off the batter's eye in center field to drive in one run, and pinch-hitter Pedro Alvarez doubled in two runs to tie the game at 4.

Arizona left-hander Vidal Nuno gave up one run and three hits in six innings.

NOTES: Arizona 3B Andy Marte made his start since Oct. 2, 2010, a day after hitting a pinch-home run in a 7-4 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday. It was his first major league appearance since 2010. ... Arizona 1B Paul Goldschmidt did not start for the second time this season. He did not play June 3 at Colorado. Goldschmidt entered the game third in the major leagues in defensive innings played with 965 2/3, behind only Atlanta 1B Freddie Freeman (981 1/3) and San Francisco RF Hunter Pence (975). ... Pittsburgh LF Josh Harrison became a regular in the Pirates' lineup on May 18 in the second game of a doubleheader against the New York Yankees that was started by LHP Vidal Nuno, who was on the mound for Arizona on Friday night. ... Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen and Colorado SS Troy Tulowitzki are the only National League players since the start of the 2013 season with a .300 batting average, a .400 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage. Detroit 1B Miguel Cabrera and Angels OF Mike Trout are the only American League players to have done it.

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