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Pirates eye rare win against Diamondbacks

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The hosts Arizona Diamondbacks look to match their season-best four-game winning streak when they face the Pittsburgh Pirates in Phoenix on Wednesday.

Arizona started the four-game series on a winning streak. Rookie hurler Tommy Henry pitched his seventh inning for his 6-4 win on Tuesday and his first league win in the majors.

Arizona has gone 21-6 in his last 27 games with the Pirates, including his 9-2 at Chase Field during that period.

One of his bright spots in Pittsburgh on Tuesday was first baseman Michael his Chavis play.

Pirates infielder Rodolfo Castro was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis before the game, but was the center of attention after heading into third base in the fourth inning. became. Castro, 23, made it safely, but his cell phone fell out of his back pocket.

Despite the inexplicable turn of events, Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton is eager to give Castro a long run. He's been swinging the bat very well against pitching, so this is an opportunity to get him back," Shelton said. "I think it was something that stood out. He was depressed [underage], he was playing with his energy, he was playing with a lot of the things we challenged him to do."

Pittsburgh, who have lost 11 of their last 15 games, will send Mitch Keller (3-8, 4.21 ERA) to the mound Wednesday. He allowed six innings in his 1–0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles last Friday.

The right-hander struggled early in the season, but over the past five games he has pitched 31 innings with a 1.74 ERA.

Keller, 26, will make his career debut against Arizona. While encouraged by recent successes, he said there is still room for improvement. I look forward to the day," said Keller. “In the last few games I didn't have the best of me, I didn't score or only made a few runs.

Arizona counters with lefty Madison Bumgarner (6-10, 3.96). He pitched 5 2/3 innings against the Rockies last week against Colorado and received a no-decision after allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 10 hits.

Bumgarner, 33, has 10 road starts this season, where he went 1-7 with a 4.88 ERA, but at Chase Field he went 12. In the inning appearance he was 5-3 with a 3.31 mark.

A four-time All-Star, he appeared in 11 games against Pittsburgh with a 3.29 ERA and a 3-6 record. His last win came on July 25, 2017, pitching for his Giants in San Francisco.

The Diamondbacks were encouraged by the play of shortstop Gerardo Perdomo, who had his two hits in Tuesday's win.

Perdomo, 22, had hits in four of his last five games, placing him ninth in the batting order. Primarily known for his defense, Perdomo has shown gradual improvement at bat. 205 for the season, but . 250 in August.

"He sees himself getting better and he feels it," said Arizona third base coach Tony Perestica. "I think we can talk as much as we like, but if you don't feel it, you don't trust him. He feels it, he feels he belongs here, I feel he is definitely a player who can help us win.

– Field Level Media