Rockies 5, Pirates 4
Dexter Fowler’s strong defense and confident swing sent the
Colorado Rockies to a rain-soaked victory.
Fowler made a leaping catch early in the game and hit a
sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning to help Colorado
overcome a tying, three-run homer by Pedro Alvarez in a 5-4 win
over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.
Fowler extended his tear at the plate with his 14th hit in seven
games, but it was an out that won it for Colorado.
Wilin Rosario led off the ninth with a single against reliever
Jason Grilli (1-3) and moved to third on a one-out single by
pinch-hitter Jason Giambi. Fowler hit a deep fly to Andrew
McCutchen in center field and Rosario slid home ahead of the
”I knew he was going to throw me a lot of sliders, but I was
waiting on a fastball and he threw me one,” Fowler said. ”We knew
we were going to put something together.”
The Rockies were ready to celebrate an easier win an hour
earlier when weather and Alvarez disrupted that plan.
Intermittent rain, heavy at times, fell throughout the night and
finally prompted a 53-minute rain delay with one out in the top of
the ninth and Colorado leading 4-1. McCutchen and Neil Walker
singled off closer Rafael Betancourt, and with Alvarez at the plate
the tarp was brought out.
”It’s just tough because you’ve got to sit down for so long and
resume play like nothing happened,” Alvarez said. ”You’ve got the
adrenaline going before the rain delay and you just get kind of
After play resumed, Alvarez hit reliever Rex Brother’s first
pitch, a 98 mph fastball, into the left-field seats to tie the
score at 4.
”A guy like that, you’ve got to try not to do too much and try
to work with what he gives you,” Alvarez said after his 18th home
run. ”I was just trying to go up there and try to get on
Brothers (5-2) got the win despite serving up the tying
”I threw my best pitch and he put a swing on it,” Brothers
said. ”The main thing was we got out of that inning and won it in
Walker had three hits and McCutchen added two for the Pirates,
who have lost three of four.
”For the fans that stuck around, that was a pretty exciting
last 20 minutes,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ”I was very
happy with the battle back. You never know what’s going to
Earlier in the game, Fowler used his glove to save the Rockies
when he ran down Rod Barajas’ deep fly at the wall in center to end
the second inning.
”He told me he’s glad he’s not playing in the NL West anymore
so I can’t rob him,” Fowler said. ”That’s a good feeling. It’s
always a good feeling to help the team.”
The Rockies were held in check by Pittsburgh starter Jeff
Karstens until they broke through in the fifth. Tyler Colvin led
off with walk, Rosario singled him to third and Josh Rutledge drove
in Colvin with another single.
Eric Young Jr., batting for starter Jeff Francis, drove a
two-run double off the scoreboard in right field to make it 3-1.
Young scored on Marco Scutaro’s single.
Francis allowed one run and six hits, struck out one and didn’t
walk a batter in five innings.
Karstens was cruising before the fifth, retiring seven straight
and allowing just three baserunners. He also contributed at the
plate in the fifth.
With one out and Alvarez on first, Clint Barmes singled to left
and Karstens followed with a grounder that bounced near the plate
and over first baseman Michael Cuddyer for an RBI single to make it
”I was trying to see the ball deep and hit it the other way,”
Karstens said. ”I got lucky. I was thinking, I hope he can’t
It was Karstens’ first RBI this season and the third of his
The right-hander allowed four runs and six hits, struck out four
and walked two in seven innings.
NOTES: The Rockies said INF Chris Nelson was admitted to a
hospital to undergo tests for an irregular heartbeat and will
remain hospitalized overnight. … The Pirates activated outfielder
Alex Presley from the seven-day concussion disabled list and
optioned first baseman Matt Hague to Triple-A Indianapolis. …
Rockies RHP Juan Nicasio had surgery on his left knee and will
likely miss the rest of the season. … Walker extended his hitting
streak to 16 games. … The Pirates will send LHP Erik Bedard
(4-10) to the mound against Rockies LHP Christian Friedrich (5-6)