Colorado got a lot of hits, but only a few clutch ones. Troy Tulowitzki had a two out RBI single in the 7th inning off new addition Chan Ho Park that broke a 3-3 tie. Colorado pushed two more runs across in the 9th to pull away, 6-3.
Pittsburgh fell behind early as Carlos Gonzalez hit a solo homer in the 1st off of Zach Duke. Dexter Fowler and Todd Helton had RBI hits in a two run third inning.
Jason Hammel held the Pirates in check through five. In the sixth Jose Tabata singled and Neil Walker was plunked. Pedro Alvarez hit a two out, three run bomb to knot the score.
Enter Tulowitzki. Park retired the first two hitters before giving up a single to Gonzalez. He moved up on a wild pitch and then scored on the knock by Tulowitzki. In the 9th Fowler tripled high off the wall leading off against Joel Hanrahan. After a walk to Helton, Gonzalez scored Fowler with a sacrifice fly. Tulowitzki singled again and Jason Giambi had a pinch hit RBI single to plate the final run.
Duke went six innings and gave up 10 hits. He walke none and struck out five. Hammel was the winner. He gave up three runs and three hits in six innings. Park was the loser. Huston Street got a save with a scoreless 9th.
Tabata had two hits and stole a base.
Tabata was also picked off.
The bullpen continues to be shaky. They’ve sported a 7.20 ERA in the last seven games.
If the Pirates go 43-10 the rest of the way they will finish 81-81. Sounds doable, right?
Duke remains 4-2 against Colorado. Hammel evened his record to 1-1 against the Buccos.