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Pirates 4, Rockies 2 (11 innings)

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DENVER -- For the third day in a row, the Colorado Rockies had an eighth-inning lead. For the third day in a row, their bullpen couldn't hold it.

LaTroy Hawkins gave up a pinch-hit home run to Josh Phelps to tie the game in the eighth, and Brian Fuentes allowed a game-winning single in the 11th by Freddy Sanchez as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the struggling Rockies 4-2 on Monday night.

It was another frustrating appearance for Fuentes, who went on the DL in early July after blowing saves in four consecutive outings. No longer the closer, Fuentes struggled with command, facing five batters and walking one, hitting another and allowing a single.

"Command was the issue plain and simple for Brian Fuentes," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said.

Fuentes was gone before the clubhouse doors opened and wasn't available for comment.

The Rockies opened a crucial seven-game homestand against the Pirates and Washington Nationals, two of the worst teams in the National League, and lost for the fifth time in seven games.

Cesar Izturis drew a leadoff walk off Fuentes (0-5). Nate McLouth bunted him to second and after Fuentes hit Matt Kata on an 0-2 pitch, Sanchez blooped an RBI single to short center field.

"Freddy had a great at-bat in the 11th, something he's done a few times in the past four or five days," Pittsburgh manager Jim Tracy said.

Said Sanchez: "Fuentes has some good stuff. I just wanted to put the ball in play and find a hole and the ball found a hole."

The Pirates added an insurance run when third baseman Garrett Atkins threw wildly on Adam LaRoche's two-out grounder, allowing Kata to score.

Damaso Marte (2-0) walked two, but retired pinch-hitter Jamey Carroll in the 10th for the win. Matt Capps pitched a perfect 11th for his 12th save in 14 opportunities.

LaRoche went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles.

Troy Tulowitzki tied his career high with four hits, including his 16th home run. Brad Hawpe added an RBI single in the loss.

Tulowitzki defended himself for being thrown out trying to steal second base after singling to open the 10th. Matt Holliday struck out to start the double play.

"I went on my own," Tulowitzki said. "I figured it was the right play because Matt normally puts the ball in play."

Kata tripled into the right-field corner and scored on Sanchez's ground out in the first inning as the Pirates took a 1-0 lead.

Colorado starter Ubaldo Jimenez allowed a two-out double to LaRoche in the first and then settled down, allowing only three hits after the first inning. He allowed a run in seven innings, and struck out four without allowing a walk.

Tulowitzki hit a 445-foot home run to center with two outs in the seventh to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead.

Pittsburgh starter Matt Morris was just as stingy, giving up two runs, but only one earned with seven hits in seven innings.

Colorado tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth when Jose Bautista dropped Todd Helton's fly ball in right for a two-base error. One out later Hawpe scored Helton with a bloop single to left.

The Rockies left a runner on third base when Atkins drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a groundout and to third on a wild pitch. But Morris fanned Ryan Spilborghs and Yorvit Torrealba to end the inning.

Jimenez worked out of a minor jam in the Pittsburgh seventh inning. LaRoche led off the inning with his second double of the game, but Jimenez retired Jason Bay, Bautista and Ronny Paulino.

"These losses hurt," Tulowitzki said. "This loss really hurts."

Notes

The Pirates are 7-7 in extra inning games. ... Kata, a career .400 hitter at Coors Field, started for the Pirates in place of Xavier Nady. ... Phelps had two home runs while with the New York Yankees. ... 1B Helton turned 34 and OF Cory Sullivan turned 28. ... RHP Jason Hirsh (broken right ankle) is nearly ready to begin throwing on the side.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 1
Pittsburgh

F. Sanchez
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF4000000 .246
Matt Kata, 3B4210000 .219
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5022010 .305
Adam LaRoche, 1B5030003 .263
Jason Bay, LF5000023 .250
Jose Bautista, RF5000014 .256
Ronny Paulino, C4010001 .242
Jack Wilson, SS4000000 .268
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
    Damaso Marte, P0000000 .000
    Matt Capps, P00000001.000
Matt Morris, P2000020 .217
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
   a- Josh Phelps, PH1111000 .303
    Shawn Chacon, P0000000 .273
    Cesar Izturis, SS0100100 .256
Totals3948316  
a-homered for Grabow in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adam LaRoche 2 (30, Jimenez, Jimenez)
3B - Matt Kata (1, Jimenez)
HR - Josh Phelps (6, Hawkins)
SH - Nate McLouth (3)
RBI - Freddy Sanchez 2 (56), Josh Phelps (23)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - J. Wilson-F. Sanchez-LaRoche, Paulino-F. Sanchez
E - Jose Bautista 2 (12, Dropped fly)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Matt Morris 6.2721341 4.51
John Grabow 0.1000000 3.96
Shawn Chacon 2000010 4.22
Salomon Torres 0.2100010 5.09
Damaso Marte (W,2-0) 0.1000200 1.86
Matt Capps (S,12) 1000010 2.29
WP - Matt Morris (2), John Grabow (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Morris 104-64, John Grabow 4-3, Shawn Chacon 18-13, Salomon Torres 9-5, Damaso Marte 14-5, Matt Capps 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Morris 11-5, Shawn Chacon 1-4, Matt Capps 2-0
Batters Faced - Matt Morris 30, John Grabow 1, Shawn Chacon 6, Salomon Torres 2, Damaso Marte 3, Matt Capps 3
Colorado Rockies
Kaz Matsui, 2B5000021 .287
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5141001 .291
Matt Holliday, LF5010013 .333
Todd Helton, 1B3100202 .298
Garrett Atkins, 3B3000202 .278
Brad Hawpe, RF4011011 .292
   a- Jamey Carroll, PH-RF1000002 .231
Ryan Spilborghs, CF5020011 .325
Yorvit Torrealba, C5000025 .265
Ubaldo Jimenez, P1000102 .125
   b- Ian Stewart, PH1000000 .286
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
   c- Cory Sullivan, PH1000000 .319
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
   d- Geronimo Gil, PH1000000 .100
Totals4028257  
a-flied out for Hawpe in the 10th
b-grounded out for Jimenez in the 7th
c-flied out for Corpas in the 9th
d-grounded out for Julio in the 11th
Batting
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (16, Morris)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (66), Brad Hawpe (83)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (17)
SB - Kaz Matsui (27, 2nd base off Morris/Paulino)
CS - Troy Tulowitzki (5, 2nd base by Torres/Paulino)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brad Hawpe 1
DP - Atkins-Helton
E - Garrett Atkins (13, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez 7511040 4.54
LaTroy Hawkins (BS,5) 1111001 3.64
Manuel Corpas 1100020 2.16
Matt Herges 1000000 3.38
Brian Fuentes (L,0-5) 0.2121100 3.98
Jorge Julio 0.1000000 4.96
HBP - Kata (by Brian Fuentes)
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 92-65, LaTroy Hawkins 13-8, Manuel Corpas 11-8, Matt Herges 17-11, Brian Fuentes 18-9, Jorge Julio 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 6-10, LaTroy Hawkins 2-1, Matt Herges 2-1, Brian Fuentes 1-1, Jorge Julio 2-0
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 25, LaTroy Hawkins 4, Manuel Corpas 3, Matt Herges 3, Brian Fuentes 5, Jorge Julio 2
Game Information
Attendance - 22682
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Brian Knight