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Neil Walker powers way past Diamondbacks

Final: Pirates 7, Diamondbacks 6

WP: Kevin Correia (9-6, 4.49 ERA)
LP: Ian Kennedy (10-9, 4.34 ERA)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (33, 2.68 ERA)

Neil Walker had a monster game at the plate with a three-run homer in the first inning, followed by a two-run double in the fifth. Starling Marte and Jordy Mercer both added solo homers as well, with Mercer’s being his first of his career.

Kevin Correia did enough to win the game, which is pretty much what he’s done the past few months as he racked up his seventh straight win. He gave up four runs (three earned) over six innings. He struck out five and walked three.

Joel Hanrahan was as sharp as he’s been all season as the bullpen bent, but didn’t break. Hanrahan struck out the side in order for his 33rd save on 13 pitches.

Neil Walker has found his power swing. After hitting seven homers in July, he has now hit two in his first six games this month. His OPS is now a season-high .811, which is the third highest among ML second basemen.

Travis Snider went 2 for 4 and is hitting .360/.393/.400 since being traded to the Pirates from Toronto. He’s still looking for his first homer as a Bucco, though.

Kevin Correia picked up his fourth win since the All-Star Break. That is one more win than the Astros have since the All-Star Break. That’s pretty awesome.

The Brewers did their first ever cool thing today by finishing a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds. The Pirates have gained three games on the Reds in the last four games and now sit just 2 1/2 games back of first place.

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