PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — The Pirates battled back twice from deficits to beat Colorado, 5-4, Wednesday night at PNC Park.
Trailing, 4-3, in the bottom of the eighth, Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes homered to left field to tie the game. Garret Jones then walked and Alex Presley reached base on an error, setting up Casey McGehee with runners on second and third with two outs.
McGehee singled to right-center field, scoring one and giving the Buccos just enough run support to get past the Rockies.
Colorado got a lead on Pittsburgh in the first inning, jumping all over Pirates starting pitcher Kevin Correia. Dexter Fowler singled with one out and Carlos Gonzalez followed by homering to left field for a 2-0 Rockies lead.
The Pirates cut it to 2-1 in the bottom of the first on a ground out by Andrew McCutchen that scored Presley.
Correia eventually settled in and, after allowing two runs on three hits in the first inning, allowed just one hit in his final five innings of work. He struck out four batters.
Rockies starter Jamie Moyer pitched six innings, allowing six hits and one run.
After Juan Cruz relieved Correia and pitched a scoreless seventh inning, Andrew McCutchen hit a double to deep center, scoring Presley and Jose Tabata for a 3-2 Pittsburgh lead.
That lead was short-lived. After reliever Jason Grilli recorded two strikeouts, Tony Watson came on to record the inning’s final out with a man on. Instead, he gave up a homer to Gonzalez — his second of the game — and the Pirates were back in a hole, 4-3.
Just as quick as they fell behind, though, they climbed right back out of that hole with a homer from Barmes and the game-winning RBI from McGehee.
Barmes went 3-for-3 on the night and both Presley and Tabata went 2-for-4 from the plate. Presley scored two runs. McCutchen went 1-for-5 against Colorado and drove in three runs.
The Pirates and Rockies play a double-header Wednesday at PNC Park. The first game starts at 12:35 p.m., followed the Game 2 roughly 30 minutes after Game 1 ends.
Chris Gates | Bucs Blog