8/2/2014 3:32 A.M. ET
D-backs win challenge, Inciarte follows with homer
By Adam Lichtenstein / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson won an replay challenge in the fifth inning of Friday's game against the Pirates, and it paid off.
Pitcher Vidal Nuno was at the plate in the fifth inning when a pitch from Edinson Volquez curved toward his foot. Nuno tried to move out of the way, but the ball still clipped his foot and rolled to the backstop.
However, the call on the play was a wild pitch. Shortstop Didi Gregorius, who was on first base, sprinted all the way to third.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle talked to home-plate umpire Lance Barrett but elected not to challenge the play. But Gibson, seeing a chance to put two on with one out while clearing the pitcher's spot, did challenge the call, which was overturned.
On the second pitch, Ender Inciarte, brought both Gregorius and Nuno in to score, roping a three-run homer to right field, giving the D-backs a 3-0 lead.
"Volquez is pretty tough," Gibson said. "So I basically played for multiples runs right there, and fortunately, Ender hit it out."
The umpires initiated a review in the top of the eighth after Josh Harrison hit a ball off the center-field fence. Harrison reached third, but the umpires checked to see if it hit above the yellow line for a home run. After a short review, the original call was confirmed.
Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.