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A mortifying record

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PHOENIX – The Pirates this afternoon tied a franchise record by allowing 13 runs in the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Pirates went into the bottom of the fourth holding a 4-2 lead. However, the Diamondbacks sent 16 batters to the plate and generated the most single-inning runs in their history.

Right-hander Daniel McCutchen gave up two home runs – a three-run shot by Chris Young and a solo homer by Kelly Johnson. McCutchen was replaced by Hayden Penn, who faced five batters and allowed four runs on one hit and three walks.

The Diamondbacks got team-record eight hits in the inning. Five of them went for extra bases.

It was the Pirates’ worst inning since Aug. 14, 2009, when the Chicago Cubs poured on 10 runs in the second inning of a 17-2 rout at Wrigley Field.

Jack Taschner relieved Penn and served up Chris Snyder’s three-run triple and Edwin Jackson’s two-run home run. It was the first career homer by Jackson, Arizona’s starting pitcher.

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