Colorado at Pittsburgh

W: S. Burnett (1-1) L: M. Belisle (1-1)
S: M. Capps (7)
HR: COL - C. Barmes (4)   PIT - N. McLouth (6)

Pirates 7, Rockies 4 wire reports

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates got a reprieve from the rain.

Ian Snell struggled before the delay, but the bullpen shut down the Colorado Rockies after the rain let up for a 7-4 victory Saturday night.

Nate McLouth homered and five relievers allowed only one run on three hits after a delay of 1 hour, 47 minutes chased Snell after two innings. The Pirates have won three of five since snapping an eight-game losing streak.

"These kind of nights are tough, and our bullpen did a great job," McLouth said. "They won the game for us tonight."

Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young each had two hits and two RBI, Jack Wilson added two RBI and Brandon Moss had two hits and two runs for Pittsburgh.

Sean Burnett (1-1) earned the win with three effective innings of relief, and beleaguered closer Matt Capps pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

Clint Barmes hit his fourth home run and Ryan Spilborghs had a two-run double for the Rockies, who have lost three of four.

Burnett was shaky at the beginning of his outing. He didn't record an out until his third batter, Troy Tulowitzki, hit a sacrifice fly but settled in after that.

Evan Meek, Jesse Chavez, John Grabow and Capps each followed with a hitless inning -- all but Chavez walking a batter. Capps had blown a 1-0 lead Friday night by allowing three runs in taking the loss.

"Burnett gave us three, I thought, good innings, and Meek and Chavez did a great job, Grabow, too," Pittsburgh manager John Russell said. "That's what you need in a game like that. It's going to be a battle of the bullpens, and fortunately ours was pretty solid."

Colorado's was, too, with Matt Belisle, Jason Grilli, Randy Flores and Manuel Corpas combining to allow seven hits and no walks in 6 2/3 innings. But Belisle (1-1) took the loss because he allowed McLouth's fifth-inning homer, and Grilli was charged with two runs on three hits while retiring only one batter in the sixth.

"Their bullpen pitched better than ours," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said.

The Rockies took the early lead when Todd Helton and Brad Hawpe scored on Spilborghs' first-inning double. Barmes made it 3-0 with one out in the second when he took an 0-1 pitch from Snell into the left-field seats.

Pittsburgh scored four times on four hits and a walk before the rain came in the bottom of the second. The highlight was a two-run single by Young that scored LaRoche and Jason Jaramillo.

Immediately after that hit to center, umpires called for the grounds crew.

"That second inning, four runs, was as big a part of the game as anything that happened," Hurdle said.

Neither starter returned after the delay. After allowing only two earned runs in his past two starts combined, Colorado's Aaron Cook was charged with four runs on four hits in 1 2/3 innings.

"It was kind of bad," Cook said of his abbreviated outing, which began with perfect first. "I feel like I didn't even play today, and I'm charged four runs for it. The worst part is we lost the game."

Cook had minor lower back pain during the outing.

Snell allowed three runs and three hits with three strikeouts in two innings. Pittsburgh had won only one of his previous seven starts.

McLouth's solo homer, his sixth, was a line drive down the right-field line with two outs in the fifth. Saturday, the Pirates gave all fans a bobblehead with his likeness.

"Whether it's coincidence or not, it was kind of a neat night to [homer]," McLouth said.

That gave the Pirates the lead for good, and LaRoche made it 7-4 when he singled home Brandon Moss and then came around to score on Wilson's sacrifice fly.

"We got the hits we needed to tonight," McLouth said. "And good things happened."


Pirates OF Nyjer Morgan was not in the lineup after tweaking a hamstring during Friday night's game. Although the injury is not seen as serious, he is not expected to play Sunday, either. ... Helton has 1,999 career hits. ... Twenty-one of Barmes' 34 career home runs have come at home.
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Players of the Game

C. Barmes
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

A. LaRoche
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0

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Dexter Fowler, CF4000033 .250
   a- Seth Smith, PH1000001 .313
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4110110 .250
Todd Helton, 1B3110111 .347
Brad Hawpe, RF3111001 .362
Ryan Spilborghs, LF4012001 .270
Ian Stewart, 3B4000012 .202
Chris Iannetta, C3000110 .233
Clint Barmes, 2B4121001 .234
Aaron Cook, P1000000 .200
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   b- Garrett Atkins, PH0000100 .193
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
   c- Matt Murton, PH0000100 .278
a-grounded into a double play for Fowler in the 9th
b-walked for Belisle in the 6th
c-walked for Corpas in the 9th
2B - Troy Tulowitzki (6, Burnett), Ryan Spilborghs (10, Snell)
HR - Clint Barmes (4, Snell)
SF - Brad Hawpe (3)
SH - Matt Belisle (1)
RBI - Brad Hawpe (31), Ryan Spilborghs 2 (16), Clint Barmes (13)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Spilborghs 2 (8)
SB - Clint Barmes (3, 2nd base off Meek/Jaramillo)
Team LOB - 7
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook 1.2444100 5.71
Matt Belisle (L,1-1) 3.1111021 7.63
Jason Grilli 0.1322000 2.84
Randy Flores 1.1200010 0.00
Manny Corpas 1.1100020 4.50
HBP - McLouth (by Matt Belisle)
WP - Jason Grilli (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 34-20, Matt Belisle 40-27, Jason Grilli 18-11, Randy Flores 21-15, Manny Corpas 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 2-3, Matt Belisle 5-3, Randy Flores 1-2, Manny Corpas 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 10, Matt Belisle 12, Jason Grilli 4, Randy Flores 6, Manny Corpas 5
Pittsburgh Pirates
Delwyn Young, RF5022011 .333
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4000003 .314
Nate McLouth, CF3111000 .281
Adam LaRoche, 1B4120021 .242
Brandon Moss, LF4220002 .235
Andy LaRoche, 3B4222012 .255
Jason Jaramillo, C3110100 .280
Jack Wilson, SS3012000 .242
Ian Snell, P1000002 .200
    Sean Burnett, P1000000 .000
    Evan Meek, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Hinske, PH1000011 .246
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Meek in the 6th
2B - Adam LaRoche (11, Flores), Brandon Moss (5, Grilli)
HR - Nate McLouth (6, Belisle)
SF - Jack Wilson (1)
SH - John Grabow (1)
RBI - Delwyn Young 2 (4), Nate McLouth (24), Andy LaRoche 2 (13), Jack Wilson 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Delwyn Young 2 (4), Nate McLouth (5)
SB - Delwyn Young (1, 2nd base off Belisle/Iannetta), Nate McLouth (5, 2nd base off Belisle/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 6
DP - J. Wilson-F. Sanchez-LaRoche
E - Jack Wilson (4, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Ian Snell 2333131 4.93
Sean Burnett (W,1-1) 3311120 2.95
Evan Meek (H,1) 1000100 3.86
Jesse Chavez (H,2) 1000020 2.45
John Grabow (H,5) 1000100 5.29
Matt Capps (S,7) 1000100 7.50
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Snell 46-29, Sean Burnett 46-26, Evan Meek 15-10, Jesse Chavez 12-8, John Grabow 13-8, Matt Capps 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Snell 1-2, Sean Burnett 5-2, Evan Meek 3-1, John Grabow 2-1, Matt Capps 2-0
Batters Faced - Ian Snell 10, Sean Burnett 13, Evan Meek 5, Jesse Chavez 3, John Grabow 4, Matt Capps 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24496
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Scott Barry