Ever since Yusmeiro Petit's place in the rotation was under review, Petit has pitched like a man who belongs there.
Petit did not allow a hit Tuesday until Pittsburgh's Ronny Cedeno singled to left field in the eighth inning of the Diamondbacks' 6-0 victory, and that was the only hit the Pirates got. Petit struck out three and walked three in eight innings, the longest start of his four-year career. After Ramon Vazquez walked and Cedeno singled to open the inning, Petit got an infield popup, a flyout and a strikeout.
"There's no disappointment at all," Petit said through a translator about losing the no-hitter. "I felt good because it's a good game. Unfortunately, I give up the single, but I still feel good about the start."
Petit (2-5) won his second consecutive game while stretching his streak of scoreless innings to 14. He threw six shutout innings against hard-hitting Philadelphia on July 29, leaving to a standing ovation after giving up a single and a double to open the seventh before Juan Gutierrez stranded both runners. That marked Petit's first victory since Aug. 23, 2008.
Petit's velocity does not jump off the radar gun, but he has spotted his fastball well in his last two starts and has relied on an above-average changeup that he is not afraid to throw in any count.
"It's a natural when a pitcher has got a lead to go right after guys, and he was able to do it with multiple pitches," Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said. "He threw a little (cut fastball), threw a little breaking ball, threw a little changeup. He wasn't just throwing fastballs down the middle; he was able to get guys to put the ball in play and get outs. That keeps a defense on its toes, and it keeps the game flowing."
Petit retired the first seven batters he faced before Cedeno reached on right fielder Justin Upton's two-base error. Andrew McCutcheon walked with two outs before Petit got Lastings Milledge to fly out, beginning a streak of a 12 straight outs.
The D-backs have had only one no-hitter in their 12-year history, Randy Johnson's perfect game on May 18, 2004, in Atlanta.
DIAMONDBACKS 6, PIRATES 0: Yusmeiro Petit followed his best career outing with an even better one, holding Pittsburgh hitless until the eighth inning while striking out three in eight innings for his second straight victory. Leo Rosales pitched a perfect ninth inning.
Ryan Roberts had two home runs and drove in three runs, and Mark Reynolds had three hits and drove in a run. Reynolds is hitting .403 since the All-Star break. Chris Young homered for the first time since June 13, ending a drought of 96 at-bats without a long ball.
--The Diamondbacks have posted three consecutive shutouts over the Pirates, starting with 7-0 and 9-0 victories in the final two games of a four-game series at Chase Field July 24-25. The Pirates have not scored a run in their last 28 innings against the D-backs.
--C Miguel Montero hit his career-high 11th home run Monday before getting a day off against LHP Zack Duke on Tuesday. Montero had 10 homers in 214 at-bats in 2007. He also has set career highs in doubles (17) and walks (22). He had 16 doubles and in 2008 and 20 walks in 2007.
--RHP Brandon Webb's right shoulder surgery Monday was successful, according to D-backs manager A.J. Hinch. Webb had an arthroscopic debridement procedure to clean out debris in his shoulder, Hinch said, and will be sidelined for the rest of the season. Webb will begin throwing in October, agent Jonathan Maurer said in an e-mail to The Associated Press, which could enable the D-backs to have a good read on him before they must make a decision on their $8.5 million option for the 2010 season. Webb has a $2 million buyout. "We will now support Brandon through the rehab process and look forward to a successful recovery," D-backs general manager Josh Byrnes said.
--RHP Daniel Cabrera was signed to a minor league contract after Diamondbacks representatives attended a throwing session in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Cabrera, 28, was 0-5 with a 5.85 ERA for Washington this season before being released. Cabrera spent his first five seasons in Baltimore, where he was 48-59 with a 5.05 ERA.
--INF/OF Ryan Roberts had a career-high four hits Tuesday, including the first two-homer game of his career, and he has seven hits in his last 10 at-bats. Roberts has four homers in his last 10 games, a spurt that began shortly after 2B Felipe Lopez was traded to Milwaukee and Roberts was recalled from Class AAA Reno to become the de facto starter at second. He also has a pair of three-hit games this season.
--3B Mark Reynolds became the fourth player in D-backs history to record a 20-20 season when he stole his 20th base after an RBI single in the sixth inning Tuesday. Reynolds has 32 homers and has career highs in both categories. OF Devon White had 22 homers and 22 stolen bases in 1998, the D-backs' inaugural year. OF Eric Byrnes had 26 homers and 25 stolen bases in 2006, and both Byrnes (21-50) and OF Chris Young (32-27) had 20-20 seasons in 2007.
--RHP Chad Qualls has converted his last seven save opportunities while allowing only one run in 12 2/3 innings. His ERA has dropped to 3.22, the lowest it has been since May 21, when it was 2.50. With 20 saves in his first season as the closer, Qualls broke a tie with Byung-Hyun Kim (2001) for seventh place on the D-backs' single-season list. RHP Matt Mantei (22, 1999) is No. 6, and RHP Brandon Lyon (28, 2008) is fifth.
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