(Sports Network) - Young phenom Daniel Hudson goes for a fourth straight win today when the Arizona Diamondbacks try to avoid being swept in a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
On Saturday, Andrew McCutchen and John Bowker each hit two-run homers to help Pittsburgh to a 9-6 win. Neil Walker knocked in two runs for the Pirates, who have won two in a row since a four-game skid.
James McDonald (4-5) went five innings to get the win, allowing two runs on four hits. He also struck out six and walked four.
Ryan Church hit a three-run homer for the Diamondbacks, who have lost 11 of their past 14 games. Kelly Johnson added a solo shot in defeat.
Barry Enright (6-5) got rocked in 3 2/3 frames, giving up six runs on six hits to suffer his third straight loss. The right-hander also walked three batters and fanned one.
Arizona hopes for a better effort today from Hudson, who has won six of seven decisions since joining the Diamondbacks nine starts ago. He, of course, was acquired in a deal that sent starter Edwin Jackson to the Chicago White Sox in late July,
The most recent start was a gem on Sept. 14 at Cincinnati, when Hudson allowed four hits in eight scoreless innings of Arizona's 3-1 victory.
He has posted a 1.67 earned run average in nine NL starts after recording a 6.32 ERA in three starts with the White Sox.
He has never faced the Pirates.
For Pittsburgh, lefty Zach Duke tries to shake off two consecutive bad starts.
He is 3-3 in seven career starts against Arizona, but has been hit hard in recent outings against Atlanta and the Mets, allowing 15 hits and 12 runs in 4 1/3 innings of 9-3 and 9-1 losses.
The outings have upped Duke's ERA from 5.24 to 5.78.
The Texas product's last win came Sept. 3 at home against Washington, when he went five innings and allowed four runs in an 8-5 triumph.
Arizona took two of three from the Pirates earlier in the year.