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Pirates Avoid Sweep, Beat Rockies 8-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates snapped a four-game losing streak and avoided a series sweep this afternoon, beating the Colorado Rockies by an 8-3 score at Coors Field.

Austin Gomber started for Colorado and struggled, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits in five innings.  Jake Bird gook the loss, giving up three runs on two hits in only two thirds of an inning.  The Pirates used six pitchers, including starter Bryse Wilson, who gave up two runs on four hits in 3.1 innings.

Daniel Vogelbach’s single in the first inning scored the game’s first run, but Jose Iglesias hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom half to tie the game, 1-1.

A two run double by Jake Marisnick gave the Bucs a 3-1 lead in the top of the third.  Colorado cut that lead in half with a run in the bottom of the fourth, and Charlie Blackmon’s sacrifice fly in the fifth tied the game.

Pittsburgh took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the sixth inning.  Ke’Bryan Hayes’ groundout scored a run to give them the lead, and Michael Chavis singled home another run to make it 5-3. 

A three run ninth inning put the game away.  Oneil Cruz singled home a run to make it 6-3, and Kevin Newman’s single scored a pair of runs to make it 8-3, which would be the final score.

After the All Star break, the Pirates will kick off the second half of the season at PNC Park on Friday, as they take on the Miami Marlins for three games.

Record vs. Rockies: 1-2

Record vs. N.L. West: 13-11

Record on the Road: 19-31

Overall Record: 39-54


As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor