Colorado at Pittsburgh

Final 10th
W: B. Fuentes (2-3) L: J. Mesa (1-6)
S: D. Cortes (1)
HR: COL - M. Holliday (5), T. Helton (11)   PIT - None

Rockies 5, Pirates 3 (10 innings)

CBS wire reports

PITTSBURGH -- The Colorado Rockies are downright awful on the road this season, and worse still in extra innings. On a night they seemingly had every excuse to lose yet again, they somehow found a way to win.

Todd Helton hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the 10th inning off Jose Mesa after Pittsburgh had tied it in the ninth, and the Rockies came back after squandering a three-run lead to beat the Pirates 5-3 on Friday night.

Aaron Miles singled off Mesa (1-6) with one out ahead of Helton's drive into the right-field seats, which gave Colorado its first extra-inning victory in four attempts this season. David Cortes then pitched the 10th in his first career save opportunity, allowing singles by Jose Castillo and Humberto Cota to start the inning.

Helton went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and is 26-for-63 (.413) in July. His .381 career average against Pittsburgh is the second-best among major-league hitters, trailing only Jeff Cirillo's .396.

"A big hit off one of the better closers going," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "You don't get a bigger hit than that."

Pardon Hurdle's enthusiasm, given the Rockies' inability to win regularly away from Coors Field until they took two of three in Washington earlier this week. They dropped all but seven of their first 43 road games, the worst such start by an NL team since the 1963 New York Mets opened 7-44 on the road.

"Some things have happened lately on this trip -- one-run victories," Hurdle said, recalling the 5-4 and 3-2 wins in RFK Stadium. "Then to come back from a missed opportunity to close it out, that's big."

The Rockies reached double digits in road victories -- they're 10-38 -- long after most teams have won 20 times on the road. Only Cincinnati (11-31) among NL teams is close to being as bad away from home as Colorado.

Colorado hasn't won a series in Pittsburgh since PNC Park opened in 2001 but, as evidenced by his average, Helton must like hitting there. The former Tennessee quarterback visited with his former coach, Johnny Majors, who is now on Pitt's athletic department staff.

"I enjoy playing here, I love the city and the ballpark," Helton said. "We've had some disappointments this year, especially on the road, so it was good to pull out a victory."

Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon wasn't happy with the pitch Helton hit: a slider from Mesa that stayed over the plate. McClendon had just told Cota, the catcher, to keep the ball down and away from Helton.

"That's not the pitch we wanted in that situation," McClendon said.

The Pirates were 3-47 when trailing after eight innings, but tied it against All-Star closer Brian Fuentes (2-3) in the ninth on Matt Lawton's RBI single. The Pirates loaded the bases with one out as Fuentes blew only his second save opportunity in his last 16, but the left-hander struck out rookie Brad Eldred and Rob Mackowiak in succession.

Eldred, making his major-league debut, singled up the middle in the first and went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts. He was promoted after hitting 28 homers in 75 games in the minors.

Eldred could have driven in the winning run if only he could have lifted the ball to the outfield or grounded it anywhere but directly to an infielder.

"It's definitely a situation you want to be in," he said. "I went up there hacking. It's one of those things."

Pittsburgh trailed 3-0 following Matt Holiday's solo homer in the fourth, his fifth, and Garrett Atkins' two-run double in the sixth against Kip Wells. But Jason Bay doubled in a run in the Pirates' sixth following five scoreless innings by Jamey Wright, and Mackowiak had a run-scoring grounder to make it 3-2.


Holliday went 2-for-2 against Wells and is 5-for-7 with two homers and three RBI against the right-hander. ... Wells struck out seven and walked one, but didn't get the decision after losing six of his last seven. ... The Pirates lost their sixth in seven games and ninth in 11. They are 2-8 since the All-Star break. ... SS Jack Wilson and 2B Castillo teamed to make an exceptional defensive play to retire Atkins in the ninth. Wilson went to his stomach to stop Atkins' ball up the middle, shuttled it to Castillo with his glove hand and Castillo threw to first for the out.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Players of the Game

T. Helton
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

J. Bay
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

Related Video

Colorado Rockies
Cory Sullivan, CF5110020 .283
Aaron Miles, 2B4110010 .285
Todd Helton, 1B4222100 .292
Matt Holliday, LF4131000 .300
Garrett Atkins, 3B4012102 .288
    David Cortes, P0000000 .000
Jorge Piedra, RF3000012 .281
    Dustan Mohr, RF2000002 .209
Luis Gonzalez, SS-3B4010012 .288
J.D. Closser, C3000010 .212
    Dan Miceli, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Byrnes, PH1000001 .258
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
    Desi Relaford, SS0000000 .228
Jamey Wright, P2000010 .132
   b- Eddy Garabito, PH1000000 .314
    Mike DeJean, P0000000 .000
    Danny Ardoin, C1000000 .200
a-popped out for Miceli in the 9th
b-grounded out for Wright in the 7th
2B - Garrett Atkins (14, Wells)
HR - Todd Helton (11, Mesa), Matt Holliday (5, Wells)
SH - Aaron Miles (8)
RBI - Todd Helton 2 (43), Matt Holliday (25), Garrett Atkins 2 (41)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton 2 (14)
SB - Matt Holliday (7, 2nd base off Mesa/Cota), Luis Gonzalez (2, 3rd base off White/Cota)
Team LOB - 7
Colorado Rockies
Jamey Wright 6722140 5.30
Mike DeJean (H,5) 1200020 5.29
Dan Miceli (H,3) 1000110 3.65
Brian Fuentes (BS,3; W,2-3) 1211130 3.00
David Cortes (S,1) 1200000 4.63
HBP - Doumit (by Brian Fuentes)
Pitches-Strikes - Jamey Wright 87-53, Mike DeJean 14-9, Dan Miceli 20-13, Brian Fuentes 28-18, David Cortes 18-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamey Wright 10-3, Mike DeJean 1-0, David Cortes 1-2
Batters Faced - Jamey Wright 25, Mike DeJean 5, Dan Miceli 4, Brian Fuentes 7, David Cortes 5
Pittsburgh Pirates
Chris Duffy, CF4010001 .278
   a- Ryan Doumit, PH0000000 .190
    Tike Redman, PR-CF1000002 .261
Matt Lawton, RF4111112 .273
Jason Bay, LF4121112 .298
Brad Eldred, 1B5010025 .200
Rob Mackowiak, 3B5011014 .270
    Jose Mesa, P0000000 .000
Jose Castillo, 2B4020103 .281
Humberto Cota, C5020022 .257
Jack Wilson, SS5000024 .228
Kip Wells, P2010010 .194
   b- Daryle Ward, PH1010000 .258
    Michael Restovich, PR0000000 .260
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Rick White, P0000000 .000
   c- Freddy Sanchez, PH-3B2110002 .273
a-hit by pitch for Duffy in the 9th
b-singled for Wells in the 7th
c-singled for White in the 9th
2B - Jason Bay (28, Wright)
RBI - Matt Lawton (42), Jason Bay (49), Rob Mackowiak (43)
SB - Matt Lawton (11, 2nd base off Wright/Closser), Jason Bay (6, 3rd base off Wright/Closser), Rob Mackowiak (6, 2nd base off Wright/Closser)
PK - Jose Castillo (1, Wright)
Team LOB - 13
E - Humberto Cota (2, Wild throw)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Kip Wells 7533171 4.77
John Grabow 1000000 3.18
Rick White 1100000 2.39
Jose Mesa (L,1-6) 1322101 4.29
HBP - Holliday (by Kip Wells)
Pitches-Strikes - Kip Wells 95-59, John Grabow 4-3, Rick White 16-8, Jose Mesa 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kip Wells 9-5, John Grabow 2-1, Rick White 1-2, Jose Mesa 2-1
Batters Faced - Kip Wells 28, John Grabow 3, Rick White 4, Jose Mesa 7
Game Information
Attendance - 35262
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Bruce Froemming, Third Base - Jerry Meals