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Rockies 3, Pirates 1

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PITTSBURGH -- The Colorado Rockies felt they were robbed of a tying run in the eighth inning. So they went out and won it in the ninth.

Brad Hawpe's two-run homer was part of Colorado's three-run ninth inning and the Rockies rallied for a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.

Hawpe hit a 1-1 pitch from Matt Capps into the shrubbery beyond the wall in center field, scoring Ian Stewart, who led off the inning with a pinch-hit double. It was Hawpe's sixth homer and it gave him 11 RBI in his last five games.

"That's why you play the game, for fun moments and opportunities like that," Hawpe said. "You're not going to come through every time, but when you do, then you realize why you love the game."

The Rockies thought they had tied the game at 1 in the eighth on an apparent sacrifice fly by Troy Tulowitzki.

Left fielder Nyjer Morgan made a running catch and pumped a throw toward home then held onto the ball as Seth Smith sprinted down the line and crossed home plate. The Pirates appealed the play and third-base umpire Tim Welke called Smith out for leaving too soon.

Television replays did not conclusively show that Smith left early and Rockies manager Clint Hurdle argued the call to no avail.

"We did show a great deal of resiliency tonight," Hurdle said, "because we got ... that call. ... Calls are made, but an umpire in that position has got to be 100 percent sure on that call.

"You can't make that kind of call and be wrong in that situation. You just can't do it. ... So for us to come back, that was important."

Capps (0-3) blew his second save in his last four outings. Making his third appearance since sitting out a week due to elbow fatigue, Capps has allowed nine runs and 15 hits in his last 4 2/3 innings.

"I thought I got it [inside] enough," Capps said of the fastball to Hawpe, who entered the game tied for fifth in the NL in RBI. "He put a good swing on it and hit it far enough."

Capps said he is not experiencing any arm pain, and his velocity -- 94 mph on the home run, for example -- is not lacking.

"He needs to get back on track, obviously," Pirates manager John Russell said. "He'll start hitting his spots and keeping the ball down. When he does that, he's very effective."

Alan Embree (1-1) earned the win with a scoreless eighth, and Huston Street struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save.

Capps' blown save negated Paul Maholm's seven shutout innings, and took Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa off the hook for another tough-luck loss.

Pinch-hitter Matt Murton's RBI single capped the ninth for Colorado.

Craig Monroe went 2 for 3 and had Pittsburgh's only RBI and Robinzon Diaz had two hits for Pittsburgh, which has lost 10 of its last 12 and 14 of 17.

Tulowitzki, Hawpe and Dexter Fowler all went 2 for 4 for the Rockies.

De La Rosa was charged with one run and seven hits, struck out 10 and didn't issue a walk in seven innings. In his most recent start on May 9, he allowed two runs and four hits with a walk and 12 strikeouts in a 3-1 loss to Florida.

"I just tried to pitch a good game, keep it close," said De La Rosa, who remains 0-3 despite a 3.16 ERA. He has not allowed more than three earned runs since his first start of the season.

Maholm allowed five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in seven innings. He briefly was attended to on the mound during his final inning because of a finger issue but he completed the inning and said afterward he was fine.

"I gave the team a chance to win, kept us in the game," Maholm said. "It's frustrating for everyone in here."

Monroe's two-out single to left in the sixth accounted for the only run in the game's first eight innings.

"Anytime you come from behind late in a baseball game, it's very exciting," Smith said.

Notes

Colorado's Ryan Spilborghs made a home run-saving catch in the left field corner on a ball hit by Jack Wilson leading off the third. He also made a basket catch with two on and two outs in the eighth on a ball hit by Adam LaRoche. "You can't play left field better than Ryan did tonight," Hurdle said. ... Rockies pinch hitters went 3 for 3. ... It was the opener of a 10-game trip for Colorado, and the start of a stretch of 21 of 27 and 30 of 45 away from Coors Field. ... Rockies 1B Todd Helton went 1 for 4, leaving him two hits short of 2,000. ... The Pirates had faced a left-handed starter in only one of their previous 20 games.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

J. De La Rosa
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 0
K 10
Pittsburgh

P. Maholm
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 4
 
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF4020101 .260
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4020010 .250
Todd Helton, 1B4010002 .347
Garrett Atkins, 3B3000003 .193
   a- Ian Stewart, PH-3B1110000 .213
Brad Hawpe, RF4122010 .363
Ryan Spilborghs, LF4110001 .271
Chris Iannetta, C4010001 .241
Clint Barmes, 2B4000013 .222
Jorge De La Rosa, P2000010 .071
   b- Seth Smith, PH1010000 .317
    Alan Embree, P0000000 .000
   c- Matt Murton, PH1011000 .278
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Totals36312314  
a-doubled for Atkins in the 9th
b-singled for De La Rosa in the 8th
c-singled for Embree in the 9th
Batting
2B - Troy Tulowitzki (5, Maholm), Ian Stewart (4, Capps), Chris Iannetta (4, Maholm)
HR - Brad Hawpe (6, Capps)
RBI - Brad Hawpe 2 (30), Matt Murton (2)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Murton (1)
SB - Troy Tulowitzki (3, 2nd base off Maholm/Diaz), Matt Murton (1, 2nd base off Capps/Diaz)
CS - Dexter Fowler (3, 2nd base by Maholm/Diaz)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Spilborghs 1
Colorado Rockies
Jorge De La Rosa 77110100 3.16
Alan Embree (W,1-1) 1000200 4.09
Huston Street (S,5) 1000030 4.11
IBB - Monroe by Alan Embree
WP - Jorge De La Rosa (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 89-62, Alan Embree 23-10, Huston Street 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 7-3, Alan Embree 1-2
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 27, Alan Embree 5, Huston Street 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nyjer Morgan, LF3000120 .304
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4000021 .324
Nate McLouth, CF4110001 .279
Craig Monroe, RF3021110 .250
Adam LaRoche, 1B4010014 .234
Robinzon Diaz, C4020011 .361
Andy LaRoche, 3B3010023 .245
   a- Ramon Vazquez, PH1000010 .175
Jack Wilson, SS4000021 .238
Paul Maholm, P2000011 .133
   b- Delwyn Young, PH1000001 .318
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
Totals33171213  
a-struck out for LaRoche in the 9th
b-grounded out for Maholm in the 7th
Batting
2B - Craig Monroe (2, De La Rosa), Robinzon Diaz (3, De La Rosa)
RBI - Craig Monroe (11)
2-OUT RBI - Craig Monroe (9)
SB - Nyjer Morgan (10, 2nd base off Embree/Iannetta), Nate McLouth (4, 2nd base off De La Rosa/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nyjer Morgan 1
DP - Morgan-F. Sanchez-J. Wilson
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm 7500140 3.51
Tyler Yates (H,3) 0.2200000 7.50
John Grabow (H,4) 0.1000000 5.63
Matt Capps (BS,2; L,0-3) 1533001 8.18
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 103-60, Tyler Yates 9-8, John Grabow 2-2, Matt Capps 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 9-7, Matt Capps 1-1
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 26, Tyler Yates 3, John Grabow 1, Matt Capps 7
Game Information
Attendance - 17179
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Tim Welke