Rockies complete series sweep against Pirates with resilient 6-2 win
Rockies’ manager Bud Black turned 64 years old on Wednesday. His birthday gift at Coors Field? A Colorado comeback victory.
Rockies’ manager Bud Black turned 64 years old on Wednesday.
His birthday gift? A Colorado comeback victory.
The Rockies erased an early two-run deficit to beat the Pirates, 6-2, and complete a three-game series sweep. Colorado (34-47) next opens a four-game homestand on Thursday against the Cardinals and ex-Rockie Nolan Arenado.
The hot-at-home Rockies — 28-16 at Coors Field — kept rolling on Wednesday behind Jon Gray’s resilient start and a timely offense. Gray allowed two runs on two hits over six innings to win his 50th career game. Garrett Hampson went 4-for-5 and drove in two runs.
Gray’s fourth pitch of the game, a fastball to Pirates’ second baseman Adam Frazier, was belted for a triple. A Ke’Bryan Hayes sacrifice fly scored Frazier. Pittsburgh made it 2-0 with a 454-foot solo homer courtesy of outfielder Bryan Reynolds.
Gray settled in to retire the next seven Pirates. He slipped in the third with a pair of two-out walks. Gray also pegged shortstop Kevin Newman with a hit-by-pitch in the fourth. But Gray rebounded both times to keep Pittsburgh in check.
Rockies’ first baseman C.J. Cron cut into the deficit with a fourth-inning solo homer — his 11th of the year — on a slider from Pittsburgh starter Chad Kuhl. The Rockies tied it in the fifth when Hampson ripped an RBI double that scored Raimel Tapia. A Cron sacrifice fly put Colorado ahead 3-2.
In the sixth, Dom Nunez’s leadoff double was rewarded with a Tapia RBI single. Another run scored when Hampson singled — his fourth hit of the game — for a 5-2 Rockies’ advantage. A Yonathan Daza pinch-hit RBI single kept the offense cooking.
Tyler Kinley replaced Gray in the seventh. He fanned two Pirates, gave up a single, and closed out the inning with a groundout. Carlos Estevez pitched a scoreless eighth. Daniel Bard closed the game for Colorado.
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