Smith, Kelly homers help Arizona thwart Pirates sweep bid


Arizona Diamondbacks’ Carson Kelly (18) is greeted by Josh Rojas after hitting a solo home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Carson Kelly and Pavin Smith hit solo home runs as the Arizona Diamondbacks came back against the Pirates’ bullpen for a 5-2 victory.

Kelly’s homer came in the seventh against Pittsburgh reliever Anthony Banda (2-1) to give the Diamondbacks the lead for good.

Six Arizona receivers combined to keep the Pirates off the board, including Brett de Geus (3-2) and Tyler Clippard worked around a leadoff double in the ninth for his fifth save of the season.

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