Pirates Defeated By Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies

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Pirates' Comeback Bid Falls Short Against Rockies

Sports Network | August 8, 2010

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Carlos Gonzalez finished 4-for-5 with a two- run homer and drove in three runs as Colorado downed Pittsburgh, 8-4, in the finale of a four-game set from PNC Park.

Dexter Fowler added two hits, two RBI and two runs scored for the Rockies, who earned a split in the set and recovered from Saturday’s shocking 8-7 loss in 10 innings.

Recalled before the game from Triple-A Colorado Springs, Esmil Rogers (2-2) picked up the win despite allowing eight hits and four runs — three earned — over six innings. The 24-year-old righty earned his first victory since May 23 and helped his cause with two doubles and an RBI.

Neil Walker was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Ronny Cedeno also knocked in a run for the Pirates, who have dropped eight of 11.

Paul Maholm (7-10) suffered the setback after yielding seven hits and eight runs — six earned — over just 2 2/3 frames.

Gonzalez drilled a two-run shot in the first to put the Rockies on the board, then Colorado tacked on four more in the second on a Fowler RBI single and RBI doubles from Clint Barmes, Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.

Cedeno’s RBI single in the second cut Pittsburgh’s deficit to six, but Colorado’s offense plated two more in the third, as Rogers helped his cause with a run-scoring single and Fowler drove in a run on a two-out hit.

A Garrett Jones fielder’s choice in the third brought the Bucs within 8-2 in the home half, then it became 8-4 in the fifth on RBI hits from Walker and Pedro Alvarez.

Rogers ended his outing in the sixth by stranding a runner on second. Joe Beimel turned in a scoreless eighth then Beimel and Matt Belisle held the Pirates in the eighth.

Rafael Betancourt set down the side in order in the ninth.

The Rockies optioned infielder Chris Nelson to the Sky Sox to complete the Rogers move…Also, before the contest, the Pirates fired bench coach Gary Varsho and pitching coach Joe Kerrigan. The slots were filled by Ray Searage and Jeff Banister…The Pirates fell to 23-15 all-time at PNC Park against the Rockies…Colorado improved to 24-17 against left-handed starters in 2010…Gonzalez and Tulowitzki ended the series a combined 18-for-35.


After Dramatic Win, Pirates Try To Keep Going Against Rockies

Sports Network | August 8, 2010


(Sports Network) - Pittsburgh southpaw Paul Maholm tries to erase the taste of a July rut when he faces theColorado Rockies in the finale of a four-game series between the teams today at PNC Park.

The Pirates moved ahead in a dramatic game three Saturday night, when Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer with two down in the bottom of the 10th inning as Pittsburgh clipped Colorado, 8-7.

The game-clinching homer came after the Rockies tied the score in the ninth on Ian Stewart's three-run homer then forged ahead in the top of the 10th on Todd Helton's long two-run blast.

It made a winner of Sean Gallagher (2-0), who allowed the go-ahead Helton shot.

Chris Snyder hit a three-run homer and Garrett Jones added a solo blast for the Pirates, who have won three of five.

Miguel Olivo and Troy Tulowitzki also knocked in runs for the Rockies, who have dropped three of five.

Huston Street (2-3) took the loss and the blown save, as he was charged with all three runs in the 10th.

Maholm, a 28-year-old Mississippi native, was ripped for 11 hits and eight runs over 5 1/3 innings while losing a 9-3 verdict to the Rockies on July 29 in Denver.

The loss dropped his career record against Colorado to 1-5 in seven starts while upping his earned run average against the Rockies to 6.26 in 41 2/3 innings.

He rebounded well in one start since, allowing nine hits and four runs over six full innings in a 7-6 defeat of Cincinnati in Pittsburgh.

The eighth overall pick in the 2003 draft, Maholm is 5-6 in 11 home starts this season.

For the Rockies, right-hander Esmil Rogers faces the Pirates for the first time in his 15th major-league appearance.

The soon-to-be 25-year-old - his birthday is Saturday - reached the majors and made on appearance with the Rockies last season and has pitched 13 times for the team in 2010.

He's made two starts and come in from the bullpen 11 times while compiling a 4.85 earned run average and allowing 33 hits with 28 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings.

He allowed four hits and two runs in just two innings of his most-recent appearance, which came July 7 in the Rockies' 8-7 win over St. Louis.

Rogers returned from Triple-A New Orleans to replace starter Aaron Cook, who landed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right big toe.

Though the Pirates took two of three in Colorado from July 27-29, the Rockies have still won seven of the last 12 meetings overall.

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