Diamondbacks waste strong effort from Zach Davies, Melancon surrenders walk-off HR

The Diamondbacks could only chalk up Saturday’s frustrating loss to the nature of baseball. It came in dramatic fashion in front of almost 20,000 fedora-wearing fans at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park.

Starting pitcher Zach Davies shut out the host Pirates for 7⅔ innings, his season high for longest outing. But closer Mark Melancon, who established a Pirates record and led the major leagues with 51 saves in 2015 while with Pittsburgh, couldn’t save the win for the Diamondbacks, serving up a two-run game-ending home run in the bottom of the ninth.

The Diamondbacks, three outs from their 13th win at PNC Park since 2017, fell 2-1.

“Sometimes you just don’t understand why things are happening and how they happen in this game. That’s the beauty of it. But we’ve got to rally to find a way to get it done Sunday,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “There’s nothing we can do. We can reflect on what happened. What went right. What went wrong. We will. But yeah, I think we need to start with what Zach was doing out there. He was in total control, changed speeds front to back. It was a really good outing, something we needed (Saturday), just couldn’t close it out.”

Davies handcuffed the Pirates on three hits with six strikeouts and two walks.

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