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Smith, Escobar lead Diamondbacks over Pirates 4-2

Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run homer for the second straight game and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2.
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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Caleb Smith delivers against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, July 19, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

PHOENIX — Caleb Smith pitched 6 2/3 stellar innings, Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run homer for the second straight game and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2. 

It was a nice bounce-back outing for Smith, who was rocked for nine earned runs in one inning during a 22-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers just before the All-Star break. 

The left-hander even earned his first career stolen base, surprising the Pirates by getting a huge jump and swiping second. 

Escobar's homer was his 22nd of the season.

The teams play again tonight at 9:40 p.m.

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