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Taillon after sweep averted: ‘We’ve had a tough go’

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Jordy Mercer lines an RBI double in the second inning Wednesday. - AP

PHOENIX — Austin Meadows thought the ball was in his glove until he heard the roar of the crowd at Chase Field. Meadows quickly looked down, only to discover the ball wasn't there.

" 'OK, that makes sense,'  " he recalled afterward.

The line drive from David Peralta skipped off the webbing of Meadows' glove and over the left field wall for a two-run homer in the first inning. The Pirates didn't relent. They scored five runs to build a three-run lead entering the ninth, and it nearly slipped away with Felipe Vazquez on the mound.

Vazquez, who had blown four of his previous six save opportunities, coughed up two runs and loaded the bases with two outs before striking out Jake Lamb to secure a 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. The Pirates nearly lost a third consecutive game in nightmarish fashion, but avoided the sweep and are 33-35 at the end of the six-game road trip.

“We’ve had a tough go at it," Jameson Taillon said afterward. "This has been a weird series for us. We’ve lost some games we should have won. That play in the first inning probably could have beaten us today, especially going against Zack Greinke."

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