Rockies top the Pirates 2-1 in extra innings

Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Cal Mitchell leaps to make the catch on a fly ball hit by Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Connor Joe singled home the tiebreaking run in the top of the 10th inning and the Colorado Rockies slipped past the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Tuesday night.

With one out, Joe grounded his hit up the middle off David Bednar (1-1), scoring automatic runner Sam Hilliard from second base.

Joe ran his on-base streak to 21 games, and Jose Iglesias had two hits for the Rockies.

Daniel Bard (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings to complete Colorado’s five-hitter. The Rockies won for just the second time in their last 12 road games.

The Pirates put runners on first and third with one out in the ninth, but Bard (2-2) escaped the jam to keep it tied at 1. He got Cal Mitchell to hit into a fielder’s choice against a five-man infield, with Rodolfo Castro thrown out at home. Michael Perez grounded out to end the inning.

The Rockies tied the game in the eighth on Ryan McMahon’s line-drive single to center field with two outs. The run was unearned after Castro, the rookie shortstop, booted Elias Diaz’s grounder for an error to start the inning.

Mitchell drove in the Pirates’ lone run in his major league debut with a fifth-inning single. Fellow rookie Roansy Contreras pitched five shutout innings in his first big league start of the season.

Both were called up from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day.

Mitchell’s one-out single scored Diego Castillo, who had doubled. In the third, Mitchell made a leaping catch on Charlie Blackmon’s long drive to right field.

Contreras gave up three hits in his second career start. He struck out five and walked two.

Contreras made three relief appearances with the Pirates earlier this season after debuting last September.

Rockies starter Kyle Freeland allowed one run and two hits in 4 1/3 innings while striking out six and walking two.

After making his warmup pitches prior to the third inning, Freeland doubled over behind the mound. He stayed in the game after being visited by manager Bud Black and an athletic trainer.

The Pirates lost for the fourth time in five games.


Mitchell’s prospect status seemed in doubt during the offseason when the Pirates did not protect him on their 40-man roster. He then hit .307 with five home runs in 34 games for Indianapolis.

“I don’t know if you want to call it a chip on your shoulder,” Mitchell said of being left off the roster. “There’s a sense of, ‘OK, now watch what I can do,’ for sure.”

Left-handed reliever Cam Alldred was designated for assignment to open a 40-man spot for Mitchell.


Pirates: DH Daniel Vogelbach (left hamstring strain) was placed on the 10-day IL and RHP Heath Hembree (right calf strain) was put on the 15-day DL. … Double-A Altoona C Henry Davis (non-displaced left wrist fracture), the first pick in last year’s amateur draft, is expected to begin baseball activities by the end of the week after being out since May 13.


Rockies: RHP Ryan Feltner (0-1, 7.20 ERA) will be recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to start Wednesday in the series finale. He made one start for Colorado earlier this season, giving up four runs in five innings in a loss at Philadelphia on April 27.

Pirates: RHP Zach Thompson (2-4, 4.88) has a 0.53 ERA in four games in May, including three starts.


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