Rockies 6, Pirates 3
Talk about a productive pregame meeting.
Troy Tulowitzki hit a tiebreaking RBI single with two out in the
seventh inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates
6-3 on Friday night to snap a seven-game road losing streak.
Rockies manager Jim Tracy had a 20-minute meeting with his
position players to discuss the team’s lack of offense away from
Coors Field, and the lineup responded with 15 hits and by scoring
more than four runs in a road game for the first time since the
losing streak began.
”That was one of our better offensive games on the road this
year,” Tracy said. ”The approach taken by the entire lineup was
very, very impressive tonight.
”That’s the type of offense we want to see as we move forward
through the remainder of the season. It was terrific.”
Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Clint Barmes each had three hits
for the Rockies, who have won six of eight overall as they fight to
stay in the National League playoff race. Jason Hammel pitches six
solid innings to win for the first time since July 10.
”It’s a big help when the guys come through and score some runs
for me,” Hammel said. ”It allows you to make some mistakes, and
tonight I got away with a few. But it was a hitter’s night
Rookie Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer for the last-place
Pirates, who have lost 11 of 15.
Hammel (8-6) allowed three runs and three hits. He was 0-3 with
a 5.33 ERA in his previous four starts.
Matt Belisle, Joe Beimel and Huston Street combined to finish
up, with Street earning his seventh save in eight
Gonzalez hit a two-out single and advanced to second on a wild
pitch before Tulowitzki’s hit off Chan Ho Park (0-1) made it
Colorado added two more in the ninth. Dexter Fowler tripled and
scored on Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly, and pinch-hitter Jason Giambi
added an RBI single.
Gonzalez has 24 homers, 74 RBIs, 72 runs, a .320 average and 15
steals to lead the Rockies in every major offensive category.
”He wasn’t an All-Star, and that’s a shame, isn’t it?” Tracy
said. ”As we continue to see what’s unfolded since post-All-Star
break. But you know something, the numbers strongly suggest (MVP)
The Pirates tied it in the sixth. Jose Tabata hit a one-out
single and Neil Walker was hit by a pitch. After Garrett Jones
struck out, Alvarez hit a 2-0 pitch deep into the elevated seats in
It was Alvarez’s second homer in three games and eighth since
July 3. He has nine overall.
”That got us right back into the game,” manager John Russell
said. ”We were being out-hit pretty substantially to that point,
and it seemed like it came out of nowhere. We came back and tied
it, and there was a lot of energy right there.”
Gonzalez hit a solo drive in the first for his seventh homer in
his past nine games and No. 24 overall.
Tulowitzki went 3 for 5 and is 9 for 13 in his last three games.
He has a .488 career batting average (21 for 43) over 11 games in
Zach Duke allowed three runs and 10 hits in six innings for the
”The main thing is I didn’t walk anybody and limited the damage
and got the outs when I needed to,” Duke said. ”Most of their
hits came with two outs and nobody on. I can take that.”
NOTES: Fowler’s triple was initially ruled a home run, but a
replay showed the ball hit off the top of the wall in center and
bounced back into play. … Park made his Pirates debut after being
claimed off waivers from the New York Yankees earlier this week. He
became the 25th pitcher the team has used this season, one off the
club record. … All but one of Alvarez’s nine homers have come at