Pirates 9, Rockies 6

Associated Press  |  Last updated July 18, 2012
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Garrett Jones had three hits, including one of Pittsburgh's four home runs, Pedro Alvarez also homered and the Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 9-6 on Wednesday. James McDonald struggled through five tough innings, and Rod Barajas and Casey McGehee also went deep for the Pirates, who took two of three from the Rockies. Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez homered, and Andrew Brown, recalled Tuesday and batting cleanup, had three hits for Colorado. One of Brown's hits, an RBI single in the fourth, tied the game 6-all before the Pirates took control. Jones started the fifth with a single off reliever Matt Reynolds (3-1) and McGehee followed with his eighth homer of the season. One out later, Barajas homered to make it 9-6. The Rockies got the tying run to the plate with one out in the eighth but Gonzalez grounded out and Brown struck out to end the threat. Joel Hanrahan recorded the last three outs for his 26th save in 29 chances. Trailing 5-1 entering the third, the Pirates rallied to take the lead against starter Jeremy Guthrie. McDonald helped himself with a leadoff single, McCutchen walked with two outs and Jones homered to right-center field to make it 5-4. McGehee reached on an error, Alvarez singled and Barajas was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Clint Barmes followed with a two-run single to make it 6-5 and chase Guthrie. Fowler led off the bottom of the first with his 12th homer, Marco Scutaro walked and Gonzalez followed with his 18th home run to give Colorado a 3-0 lead. Alvarez made it 3-1 in the second with his 19th homer. The Rockies tacked on two more in the bottom of the inning on Scutaro's groundout and Brown's single. McDonald (10-3) wasn't sharp but he stuck around long enough to win his fifth straight decision. He allowed six runs on nine hits, walked four and struck out two and needed 108 pitches to get 15 outs. NOTES: Fowler's home run was his second leading off a game this year and the third of his career. ... Rockies INF Chris Nelson (irregular heartbeat) was released from the hospital Tuesday and visited the team during Tuesday's game. He is home resting comfortably. ... The Pirates will send RHP Kevin Correia (6-6) in the series opener against Miami on Friday. ... LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-4) will start the opener of a three-game series in San Diego on Friday.
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