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Pirates beat Arizona but Rodriguez suffers injury

| Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 12:54 a.m.
The Pirates' Andrew McCutchen smiles as he celebrates his run against the Diamondbacks with A.J. Burnett (left), John McDonald and pitching coach Ray Searage during the first inning Monday, April 8, 2013.
The Pirates' Starling Marte (right) gets a high five from Garrett Jones after scoring against the Diamondbacks during the first inning Monday, April 8, 2013.
The Pirates' Wandy Rodriguez throws against the Diamondbacks during the second inning Monday, April 8, 2013. He left the game with tightness in his hamstring.
The Pirates' Russell Martin backs away from an inside pitch as Diamondbacks catcher Wil Nieves reaches for the ball during the first inning Monday, April 8, 2013.
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The Pirates' Wandy Rodriguez delivers in the first inning against the Diamondbacks on Monday, April 8, 2013.
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Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt makes a play on a ground ball against the Pirates on Monday, April 8, 2013.
Pirates catcher Russell Martin tries to get control of a ball as the Diamondbacks' Martin Prado tells a baserunner to hold during the fourth inning Monday, April 8, 2013.
Pirates pitcher Wandy Rodriguez leaves the game with a hamstring injury as he talks with manager Clint Hurdle and catcher Russell Martin during the third inning Monday, April 8, 2013.
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Diamondback first baseman Paul Goldschmidt waits for a pickoff throw as the Pirates' Starling Marte dives back on Monday, April 8, 2013.
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The Pirates' Russell Martin and Andrew McCutchen celebrate against the Diamondbacks on Monday, April 8, 2013, in Phoenix.
The Pirates' Starling Marte scores against the Diamondbacks during the fifth inning Monday, April 8, 2013.
Diamondbacks catcher Wil Nieves kneels on the ground after missing a tag on the Pirates' Starling Marte during the fifth inning Monday, April 8, 2013.
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The Diamondbacks' Martin Prado grounds out in the first inning against the Pirates on Monday, April 8, 2013.

PHOENIX — It's been the kind of season so far for the Pirates when even a slump-busting victory comes with a dark cloud.

Monday, the Pirates snapped a four-game losing skid by edging the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-3. However, starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez was forced to leave with a tight left hamstring, and his status is uncertain.

Rodriguez pitched 2 13 innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits. The left-hander will be re-evaluated by the medical staff Tuesday.

The rotation for this weekend's series against the Cincinnati Reds hasn't yet been set, but Rodriguez probably would be in line to pitch Saturday. If he cannot go, righty Jeanmar Gomez could make a spot start.

How valuable is Rodriguez to the Pirates? Since Aug. 29, 2012, he's won five games. In that same span, the other four starters in the rotation — A.J. Burnett, James McDonald, Jonathan Sanchez and Jeff Locke — have combined for two victories in the majors.

Rodriguez appeared to be injured while releasing a pitch to Gerardo Parra. Rodriguez clutched his left hamstring and dropped into a crouch to stretch. When the muscle didn't loosen after a couple of minutes, Rodriguez left the game.

At the time, the Pirates had a 3-1 lead. Gomez took over with Parra, who reached on an error, at first base. Martin Prado singled, and Aaron Hill walked. Paul Goldschmidt hit a fly to deep left, which Starling Marte caught at the wall. Parra scored.

Alfredo Marte looped a single — his first hit in the majors — into center field, scoring Prado to tie it at 3.

The Pirates regained the lead in the fifth. Marte tripled and scored on Andrew McCutchen's sacrifice fly.

Marte and McCutchen are becoming a reliable first-inning combination, too. Sunday, Marte singled, and McCutchen homered. Monday, both players figured in a three-run opening inning.

Marte lined the second pitch up the middle for a single — his third straight game with a leadoff hit. Overall, he's gotten on base in the first inning of four of seven games.

With one out, McCutchen ripped a double down the left-field line. Marte, perhaps unsure if the ball was fair, didn't seem to be running full speed as he rounded second base. But Marte still had plenty of giddyup to score standing up.

Travis Snider later made it 3-0 with a bases-loaded, two-out single to center off right-hander Trevor Cahill (0-2).

Garrett Jones hit a solo homer in the eighth. Three of the Pirates' five hits in the game were for extra bases.

Gomez (1-0) was credited with the victory. Lefty reliever Justin Wilson threw three scoreless innings.

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