PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — A four-run fifth inning powered the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Colorado Rockies Tuesday night, 6-2.
Tied, 1-1, headed to the fifth, Alex Presley started the rally off by driving in Michael McKenry on a ground out to second base. Drew Sutton followed with an RBI single and the Pirates took a 3-1 lead.
That lead grew to 4-1 when Sutton scored on a wild pitch from Rockies starting pitcher Christian Friedrich. The Buccos capped the inning off on an RBI single from Casey McGehee to lead, 5-1.
Colorado originally jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Marco Scutaro scored because of an error by Presley in left field.
Andrew McCutchen tied the game, 1-1, in the top of the fourth with a mammoth home run to left field — his 22nd of the season and 65th RBI. His batting average climbed to .374 with a 2-for-4 night at the plate.
Pirates starting pitcher Erik Bedard had one of his longer outings of the season, pitching 6 2/3 innings while allowing just two runs (one earned) on eight hits. He struck out four batters and walked four as well.
Reliever Jared Hughes came in to pitch with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh and got Michael Cuddyer to fly out to center field to end the threat.
Friedrich went just 4 2/3 innings for Colorado, surrendering six runs (five earned) on six hits.
Michael McKenry doubled to right-center field in the eighth inning to pad the Pirates lead, 6-2.
The win snaps a two game losing streak. The Pirates had lost three of four games since the All-Star break.
Cincinnati remained a game ahead of Pittsburgh in the NL Central with a 4-0 win against Ariona.