The Pittsburgh Pirates won the first game of their weather-delayed series with the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night in dramatic fashion at PNC Park. The game went back-and-forth over a late two-inning stretch, but the Bucs came out on top with a 5-4 win. Andrew McCutchen knocked in three and an eighth inning rally re-took the lead for Joel Hanrahan, who slammed the door in the ninth.
Kevin Correia had a solid start for Clint Hurdle, striking out four and issuing no walks in six innings. Correia gave up a two-run homer to Carlos Gonzalez in the first inning, but settled in from there to pitch five scoreless before handing it over to the bullpen. It appeared Gonzalez's first inning home run may hold up, but McCutchen came through with a two-run double in the seventh, after Jamie Moyer departed and Rex Brothers came on to start the inning.
The Bucs 3-2 lead would not last long, however, as Gonzalez struck again with another two-run homer. This time, CarGo took Tony Watson to center on a blast that put the Rox up 4-3. But Clint Barmes would answer in the first at-bat in the bottom of the eighth, smoking a Matt Belisle pitch to left to tie it up.
With the game tied, Pittsburgh would manufacture the game-winning run. Garrett Jones, hitting in the pitcher's spot, drew a walk after the Barmes homer. He moved to second on a sacrifice attempt by Alex Presley that put runners on first and second after a Belisle error. Nate McLouth would come on to run for Jones, and he would move to third on a McCutcheon fielder's choice when the Rockies took the force at second. Casey McGehee came through in the clutch, singling home McLouth with two outs for the winning run. Hanrahan worked a 1-2-3 ninth for the win, improving the Bucs to 4-3 at home.
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