Trevor Williams got on a roll, leaving his ugly first start in the rear view, and the Pirates' bullpen narrowly held on for a 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday to end the Bucs' six-game losing streak.
Tony Watson, coming off his first blown save of the season, survived a scare to get his eighth save in nine tries.
Lovullo when asked following the game if the pitch that had hit Iannetta was intentional said that he stands by his thought that the pitch just got away from the Pittsburgh pitcher and was not intentional. But he took the loss after pitching 5 2/3 innings.
Before he was hit by a pitch, Iannetta had 1 hit in 3 previous at bats including a third inning solo home run that was part of Arizona's seven run outburst in the inning.
Both players had been off to slow starts at the plate.
"It's always the next guy up around here", McCutchen said. "I finally got something up in the zone and was able to do some damage to it". On April 15, he drove in a career-high 4 runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Saturday, Ahmed went yard twice and drove in 2 of the Diamondbacks 3 runs. Francisco Cervelli grounded into a double play, which pushed one run home. After Jordy Mercer was walked intentionally, Williams reached when second Brandon Drury mishandled his routine error and Freese scored.
The 34-year-old stayed hunched by the plate with his hands covering his bloody mouth and nose for several minutes as teammates and managers huddled around him. Bell has six home runs this season to lead the Pirates.
Lovullo also said even with a broken nose and fractured teeth, Iannetta is "remarkably upbeat", which is remarkable. Tests for a concussion were negative but Lovullo said Iannetta would be monitored closely. It's unclear if he'll land on the 10-day disabled list as the result of his injuries, but it seems more likely than not. The Diamondbacks have two other catchers Chris Herrmann and Jeff Mathis.
Pirates catcher Chris Stewart took a retaliatory pitch from Tom Wilhelmson in the ninth inning, and now bygones are bygones. LHP Robbie Ray (2-3, 4.14) goes for the Diamondbacks.
The Drury homer knocked starter Tyler Glasnow (1-2) from the game after recording only seven outs. He's fourth in the NL in strikeouts.