Gonzalez batters Pirates pitching in Rockies’ win

Carlos Gonzalez hit his 25th homer among his four hits, and the

Colorado Rockies salvaged a split of a four-game series against

last-place Pittsburgh with a 8-4 win over the Pirates on

Sunday.

Gonzalez went 4 for 5 with his eighth homer in his past 11

games, three RBIs and two runs to complete a 9-for-18 series to

help Colorado win for the seventh time in 10 games.

Summoned from Triple-A to start Sunday, Esmil Rogers was

effective enough through six innings, allowing the Rockies to win

for only the second time in their past 10 road games.

Jose Tabata, Neil Walker and Ronny Cedeno each had two hits for

the Pirates, who have lost 20 of 29.