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ON A ROLL

Pirates beat Rockies in walk-off fashion

July 20, 2014
Herald-Star

By WILL GRAVES

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH - Jordy Mercer doubled home Neil Walker with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.

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Walker led off the inning with a single against Colorado's Chad Bettis (0-2), moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and scored one batter later when Mercer hit a drive deep into the gap in left-center.

Jared Hughes (5-2) earned the win after escaping a two-on, one-out jam in the 11th by snagging a line drive from Charlie Blackmon and turning it into a double play.

Walker went 3 for 5 with two runs scored for the Pirates.

Fact Box

Pirates 3, Rockies 2, 11 innings,

ColoradoABRHBIBBSOAvg.

Blackmon cf401001.305

Arenado 3b411001.284

C.Gonzalez rf311210.253

Tulowitzki ss200001.340

Rutledge ss201000.287

Co.Dickerson lf402000.332

Rosario c400000.242

Culberson 1b300002.195

LeMahieu 2b300000.279

B.Anderson p200000.125

b-Barnes ph100001.249

Brothers p000000--

Ottavino p000000--

Kahnle p000000.000

B.Brown p000000.000

d-Stubbs ph101000.296

Bettis p000000.000

Totals3327216

PittsburghABRHBIBBSOAvg.

G.Polanco rf500001.255

J.Harrison lf410012.291

A.McCutchen cf401010.320

R.Martin c501001.271

N.Walker 2b523101.277

G.Sanchez 1b201110.239

c-Snider ph100001.240

Melancon p000000--

Ju.Wilson p000000.000

J.Hughes p000000.000

e-C.Stewart ph000000.238

P.Alvarez 3b401011.237

Mercer ss401111.250

Morton p200001.063

a-M.Martinez ph100001.000

Frieri p000000--

I.Davis 1b100000.233

Totals38383510

Colorado00000020000-271

Pittsburgh00010001001-380

One out when winning run scored.

a-struck out for Morton in the 7th. b-struck out for B.Anderson in the 8th. c-struck out for G.Sanchez in the 8th. d-singled for B.Brown in the 11th. e-sacrificed for J.Hughes in the 11th.

E-Arenado (9). LOB-Colorado 2, Pittsburgh 10. 2B-Arenado (20), N.Walker (13), G.Sanchez (13), Mercer (15). HR-C.Gonzalez (9), off Morton. RBIs-C.Gonzalez 2 (34), N.Walker (44), G.Sanchez (16), Mercer (29). CS-Blackmon (5), Co.Dickerson (5). S-LeMahieu, C.Stewart.

Runners left in scoring position-Pittsburgh 4 (Morton 2, Snider, G.Polanco). RISP-Colorado 2 for 3; Pittsburgh 4 for 11.

Runners moved up-I.Davis. GIDP-Arenado, Rosario 2.

DP-Pittsburgh 4 (Mercer, N.Walker, G.Sanchez), (P.Alvarez, N.Walker, G.Sanchez), (Mercer, N.Walker, I.Davis), (J.Hughes, P.Alvarez).

ColoradoIPHRERBBSONPERA

B.Anderson7411181104.00

Brothers H, 141-30000054.31

Ottavino011120194.09

Kahnle BS, 1-112-310011182.56

B.Brown100001107.71

Bettis L, 0-21-321110158.87

PittsburghIPHRERBBSONPERA

Morton752213913.28

Frieri1000021410.80

Melancon10000152.27

Ju.Wilson11000054.62

J.Hughes W, 5-211000091.79

Ottavino pitched to 3 batters in the 8th.

Inherited runners-scored-Kahnle 3-1. IBB-off Bettis (P.Alvarez). HBP-by Morton (Blackmon), by J.Hughes (Culberson). WP-Ottavino.

Umpires-Home, Tim Welke; First, Marvin Hudson; Second, Clint Fagan; Third, Tim Timmons.

T-3:31. A-37,396 (38,362).

Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run homer for the Rockies, who lost All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in the fourth inning to a left thigh cramp.

Tulowitzki, who leads the majors in batting average (.340) and runs (71), hit a slow roller to shortstop in the fourth against Morton and grabbed his leg while nearing first base. He walked gingerly to the dugout before being replaced by Josh Rutledge.

Colorado starter Brett Anderson, acquired in a trade from Oakland last December following a humbling season in which he went from Opening Day starter to the bullpen, spent seven innings keeping the Pirates off balance with a dizzying array of breaking balls.

The left-hander allowed one run and struck out eight with just one walk, his only flub consecutive doubles by Walker and Gaby Sanchez in the fourth that put Pittsburgh in front.

He retired the last 12 batters he faced and was in position to earn his first win since April 7, 2013, when Gonzalez took a curveball from Morton in the seventh and sent it streaking into the seats above the Roberto Clemente Wall in right field.

For the second straight night, however, Colorado's bullpen faltered.

Pittsburgh scored three times on Friday after Rockies' starter Jorge De La Rosa exited to pull out a 4-2 win. The Pirates put a similar rally together 24 hours later when Anderson left after 110 pitches.

Two walks and a single off Adam Ottavino with one out in the eighth loaded the bases, and Walker laced a single to right against Tommy Kahnle to score Josh Harrison and tie the game. A perfect throw from Gonzalez in right nailed Andrew McCutchen at the plate and kept it even.

The wayward curveball Morton surrendered to Gonzalez in the seventh marred an otherwise steady outing for the resurgent right-hander.

The Rockies didn't get a runner to second until Nolan Arenado's double leading off the seventh thanks in part to a sinker that kept Pittsburgh's infield busy and a pair of terrific throws by catcher Russell Martin to nail would-be base stealers.

Morton gave up two runs and five hits, striking out three and walking one, a performance that raised his ERA at PNC Park this season to 2.18.

NOTES: The Pirates held LF Starling Marte out of the lineup. Marte left Friday night's win in the eighth inning as a precaution after getting hit in the head with a fastball by Ottavino. ... Colorado 1B Justin Morneau sat out his second straight game with a stiff neck. Morneau hopes to play Sunday in the series finale. Morneau played 25 games for the Pirates at the end of the 2013 season, batting .260 while helping Pittsburgh to its first playoff berth in 21 years. ... Pittsburgh's Jeff Locke (2-1, 2.89 ERA) faces Colorado's Tyler Matzek (1-4, 4.97) on Sunday.

 
 

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