Pittsburgh 9, Colorado 6

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 3:10 PM
Location - Coors Field
Temperature - 88°
Umpires - Home Plate - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Fieldin Culbreth,
Attendance - 30842

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Pittsburgh 0 1 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 9 11 0
Colorado 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 11 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 51-40 29-14 22-26 W2
Colorado 35-56 20-29 15-27 L2

Recap


Pirates 9, Rockies 6:
Casey McGehee broke a 6-6 tie with a two-run homer – one of four hit by Pittsburgh – as the Pirates handed Colorado its sixth straight home series loss.

Garrett Jones delivered a three-run homer while Pedro Alvarez and Rod Barajas added solo shots as the Pirates prevailed for the 13th time in their last 18 games despite their top two hitters – Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker – combining to go 0-for-8.

McCutchen, who leads the major leagues with a .369 average, was 11-for-20 since the All-Star break entering the game while Walker had his 17-game hitting streak snapped.

They weren’t needed Wednesday as Pittsburgh erased an early 5-1 deficit against Colorado starter Jeremy Guthrie and took the lead for good against reliever Matt Reynolds (3-1).

Guthrie allowed six runs (four earned) and six hits in 2 2/3 innings. He has yielded a National League-high 21 homers – 14 at home, where he is 1-5 with a 9.51 ERA.

Pittsburgh starter James McDonald (10-3) won his career-best fifth straight decision and set a season-high for victories, although he wasn’t sharp for the second straight start. He allowed six runs, nine hits and walked four in five innings Wednesday.

It didn’t start well for McDonald and the Pirates. Dexter Fowler led off with a homer into the right-field seats and after Marco Scutaro walked, Carlos Gonzalez crushed his first home run since June 15 – a span of 94 at-bats – against the back wall of the Rockies bullpen.

Jones’ blast brought Pittsburgh to within 5-4 in the third inning and after a pair of infield errors and a walk, former Rockie Clint Barmes delivered a two-out, two-run bloop single to center to put the Pirates ahead 6-5.

Andrew Brown went 3-for-5 with two RBIs in his first start with Colorado - including a run-scoring single in the fourth inning to tie the game 6-6 - but struck out representing the tying run with two outs in the eighth.

All-Star Joel Hanrahan pitched the ninth inning to earn his second save in as many games, and 26th in 29 chances this season.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Rockies last won a home series June 3 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. … Jones finished with three hits. ... Gonzalez, who has a 25-game home hitting streak, is 9-for-24 since the All-Star break and has hit in every game. … The Rockies, who have lost six of their last eight at home, were 5-for-28 with runners in scoring position in the series. … McDonald yielded five runs (four earned), eight hits and walked five and received a no-decision at Milwaukee on Friday.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Pittsburgh   Colorado
James McDonald Player Jeremy Guthrie
Win W/L No Decision
5.0 IP 2.2
2 Strikeouts 1
9 Hits 6
10.80 ERA 13.50
Hitting
Pittsburgh   Colorado
Garrett Jones Player Andrew Brown
3 Hits 3
3 RBI 2
1 HR 0
7 TB 4
.600 Avg .600

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Pittsburgh 11 4 24 .289 10 10 9 2 0 0
Colorado 11 2 19 .289 20 7 6 5 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Colorado will play their next game on the road against San Diego. The Rockies have a W/L % of .343 after a win and .411 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against Miami. The Pirates have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .634 after a loss.