Andrew McCutchen blasted his 22nd homerun in the fourth inning as the Pirates beat the Rockies 6-2 at Coors Field Tuesday night. With the shot, McCutchen is within four of Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun for the lead league.
Bedard earned the win, pitching 6 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits, two runs and striking out four batters. The victory snapped his five game losing streak.
In the first, Bedard got Pittsburgh out of a bases loaded jam by forcing Jordan Pacheco to ground out and end the inning.
After two scoreless innings the Rockies took an early 1-0 lead in the third. A Michael Cuddyer line drive hit off the glove of Alex Presley and sent Marco Scutaro across the plate. McCutchen’s 448 ft. blast tied the score at one a piece in the fourth.
Colorado’s Josh Rutledge quickly answered with an RBI triple in the fourth and Colorado regained the lead.
After suffering an early 2-1 deficit, the Bucs rallied in the fifth.
Michael McKenry and Clint Barmes began the inning with walks and advanced bases on a sacrifice bunt by Bedard. Presley went on to ground out but earned an RBI as McKenry crossed home. Barmes soon followed suit, as Drew Sutton singled to right field. Sutton, who advanced to third off a McCutchen single, scored when a wild pitch passed the catcher. McCutchen reached the plate after Casey McGhee singled and the Bucs took a 5-2 lead.
After allowing four runs in the top of the fifth, Rockies starter Christian Friedrich was replaced by Matt Reynolds. The replacement didn’t slow Neil Walker. He quickly singled to keep his hitting streak alive. Walker, who was 2-3 Tuesday night, extended the streak to 17 games.
Friedrich allowed five runs and six hits before being replaced after 4 2/3 innings.
A McKenry RBI double plated Walker in the top of the eighth, extending the Pirates lead to 6-2.
Pirate’s reliever Juan Cruz took the mound in the bottom of the ninth and quickly put the Bucs within one out of the win.
After walking two Rockies batters, Cruz was replaced by Joel Hanrahan, who earned the save by striking out Tyler Colvin with the bases loaded.
The Bucs will face the Rockies in the final game of the series tomorrow at 3:10. With a win, Pittsburgh will avoid losing their second straight series—something that hasn’t happened since they went 2-4 against both the Tigers and Mets from May 18-23. The Bucs will start James McDonald (9-3, 2.59 ERA) and Colorado will start Jeremy Guthrie (3-9, 6.14 ERA).