Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Colorado 3
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrew McCutchen drove in the winning run
as the Pittsburgh Pirates capped a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies
with a 5-3 victory on Sunday.
Neil Walker went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored, while Jordy
Mercer drove in a pair of runs for the Pirates, who have won five of their
last seven games.
Jeff Locke gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings of work, while
Jeanmar Gomez (2-2) got the win for working a scoreless seventh.
"We've gotten incrementally better since the calendar turned the end of May,"
said Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle. "You know, in June we sparked and we've
carried it through in July."
Josh Rutledge hit a two-run home run and Michael McKenry gave a solo shot for
the Rockies, who have dropped their past five games.
Tyler Matzek tossed six innings and allowed three runs on seven hits, and Matt
Belisle (2-6) was handed the loss for getting charged with two runs.
"I'm good at taking punches and punching back," said Belisle. "Eventually I'll
be back on top, but it's disappointing for me to do this and I'm not going to
make any excuses."
In the seventh, Josh Harrison walked to start the frame, stole second and came
home on McCutchen's single. McCutchen was later caught stealing, but Walker
made it a two-run game with his 14th home run of the season.
Tony Watson tossed a 1-2-3 eighth, while Mark Melancon did the same in the
ninth for his 18th save of the year.
The Rockies grabbed a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning as Brandon Barnes led
off with a walk and Rutledge followed with his third home run of the year.
McKenry led off the second with his second homer of the year for a 3-0 lead.
Pittsburgh answered in the home half of the second. Gaby Sanchez led off with
a single and moved to third on a Walker single. Walker wound up at second on
the play as Sanchez beat out a throw to third, and Mercer chased them both
home with a single to center to make it a 3-2 game.
After Pedro Alvarez flied out, Chris Stewart ripped a grounder down the left
field line. The ball got stuck underneath the padding in foul territory as
Mercer came home to score on the double, but the umpires ruled it a ground-
rule double to leave runners at second and third. Locke struck out and Gregory
Polanco grounded out to end the frame.
The Pirates tied the game in the sixth on Stewart's ground-rule double that
Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki sat out the game with a left leg cramp that
caused him to leave Saturday's contest after the third inning ... It was the
second series sweep of the season for Pittsburgh, and its first ever of the
Rockies at home ... Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte, who sat out
Saturday's game after getting hit in the head with a pitch in Friday's game,
made an appearance as a pinch-hitter, drawing a walk ... Pittsburgh hosts Los
Angeles for three games starting on Monday ... Colorado returns home to play
three games against Washington starting on Monday, before welcoming the
Pirates for a three-game set on Friday.
07/20 19:59:20 ET
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