Pittsburgh at Colorado

W: H. Street (2-1) L: J. Chavez (0-3)
HR: PIT - None   COL - I. Stewart (13), C. Iannetta (10), T. Helton (9)

Scorching Rockies beat Pirates with walk-off homer

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DENVER -- It looks like 2007 all over again at Coors Field.

Todd Helton hit a two-run homer with one out in the ninth inning and the Colorado Rockies won their fourth straight game, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-7 Saturday night.

The Rockies have won 15 of 16 overall. Two years ago, the Rockies suddenly went on a similar run to reach the World Series.

"That's an incredible win right there, and incredible win," manager Jim Tracy said. "We obviously had to do some very special things to win."

"There is a belief in this clubhouse we show up every day expecting to win," he said.

The Rockies improved to 17-5 since Tracy took over for Clint Hurdle on May 29.

"We're doing some great things," Helton said. "We're playing well, pitching deep into the game and getting hits."

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Colorado's Chris Iannetta tied it at 7 with three-run homer in the eighth. Ian Stewart came within a single of hitting for the cycle and drove in three runs for the Rockies.

Huston Street (2-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the victory. Colorado's Jason Hammel allowed five runs on eight hits in six-plus innings.

Andrew McCutchen hit a bases-loaded triple, Nyjer Morgan matched a career high with four hits and Brandon Moss added two RBI on three hits for the Pirates, who have lost six straight at Coors Field.

"This was a tough loss, but we've already had a lot of tough losses this year," Pittsburgh manager John Russell said. "We swung the bats better tonight, but unfortunately our bullpen couldn't hold them."

"Those things happen when you're going up against a hot team," he said.

Trailing 7-4 in the eighth, John Grabow walked Brad Hawpe and gave up a two-out single to Carlos Gonzalez before Iannetta followed with a home run to center.

"I've not managed a club that had an eight hole hitter in the lineup that can hit a baseball that far," Tracy said of Iannetta. "I've not managed a club that had an offense that's performing and as deep as this one is when you have an offense like that it gives you an opportunity to come back in a situation like we were in tonight."

Pinch-hitter Seth Smith singled off Jesse Chavez (0-3) with one out before Helton's drive into the Pirates' bullpen in right center field.

"He threw me a fastball, the same pitch he threw the pitch before," Helton said.

Chavez acknowledged as much.

"I tried to come back inside with a fastball," Chavez said. "But I got it up and like the good hitter he is, he hit it out."

The Pirates took a 6-4 lead with a four-run seventh inning highlighted by McCutchen's three-run triple. Moss added an RBI double in the eighth.

The Rockies led 4-2 after Stewart's two-run homer to straightaway center off Sean Burnett with one out and Troy Tulowitzki aboard in the sixth.

Pittsburgh went ahead 2-1 in the third on Freddy Sanchez's RBI double into the gap in right after Stewart's RBI double. He added a triple in the next inning, scoring on an RBI single by Carlos Gonzalez.

"I think that you look at significant situations that allowed the heroics of Chris and Todd," Tracy said. "It comes down to this is a game that's won by the Colorado Rockies baseball team."


  • The walkoff home run was the first by Colorado this year.
  • Rockies setup man Manny Corpas was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation caused by a floating bone chip in his right elbow a day after receiving a cortisone shot and an MRI exam.
  • Rockies LHP Greg Smith will make a rehab start on Tuesday for Double-A Tulsa.
  • Morgan caught a foul ball while sitting on top of the wall along the left-field line in the third inning.
  • Grabow moved into 10th place and third among all left-handers for the Pirates with his 376th appearance.
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Todd Helton heads toward home plate after his dramatic homer as the Rockies have won 15 of 16.  (AP)
Todd Helton heads toward home plate after his dramatic homer as the Rockies have won 15 of 16. (AP)

Players of the Game

N. Morgan
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0

I. Stewart
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1

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Andrew McCutchen, CF5113010 .329
Nyjer Morgan, LF5141010 .263
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4011021 .316
Adam LaRoche, 1B3000212 .258
Andy LaRoche, 3B5220004 .280
Brandon Moss, RF4032002 .260
Jason Jaramillo, C3110102 .275
Jack Wilson, SS4110013 .273
Charlie Morton, P2000000 .000
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
   a- Delwyn Young, PH0100100 .352
    Steven Jackson, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Hinske, PH1000011 .274
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
a-walked for Burnett in the 7th
b-struck out for Jackson in the 8th
2B - Freddy Sanchez (23, Hammel), Andy LaRoche (14, Embree), Brandon Moss 2 (13, Hammel, Embree)
3B - Andrew McCutchen (4, Daley)
SH - Freddy Sanchez (2)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen 3 (13), Nyjer Morgan (25), Freddy Sanchez (26), Brandon Moss 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Freddy Sanchez (12)
SB - Nyjer Morgan (17, 3rd base off Street/Iannetta)
PK - Jason Jaramillo (1, Peralta)
Team LOB - 7
DP - LaRoche-F. Sanchez
Pittsburgh Pirates
Charlie Morton 5522240 3.00
Sean Burnett 1322001 3.34
Steven Jackson (H,1) 1000000 5.00
John Grabow (BS,2) 1233131 4.22
Jesse Chavez (L,0-3) 0.1222001 3.64
Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Morton 88-55, Sean Burnett 17-14, Steven Jackson 8-6, John Grabow 22-14, Jesse Chavez 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Morton 4-6, Sean Burnett 3-0, Steven Jackson 3-0
Batters Faced - Charlie Morton 21, Sean Burnett 6, Steven Jackson 3, John Grabow 6, Jesse Chavez 3
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF5010000 .258
Clint Barmes, 2B4000011 .286
    Joel Peralta, P0000000 .000
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
   a- Seth Smith, PH1110000 .284
Todd Helton, 1B5122011 .316
Brad Hawpe, RF3100111 .338
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3210121 .245
Ian Stewart, 3B4233011 .231
Carlos Gonzalez, LF4121001 .220
Chris Iannetta, C3123101 .233
Jason Hammel, P3000003 .048
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
    Alan Embree, P0000000 .000
    Omar Quintanilla, 2B1000010 .200
a-singled for Street in the 9th
2B - Ian Stewart (8, Morton)
3B - Ian Stewart (1, Morton)
HR - Todd Helton (9, J. Chavez), Ian Stewart (13, Burnett), Chris Iannetta (10, Grabow)
RBI - Todd Helton 2 (48), Ian Stewart 3 (37), Carlos Gonzalez (3), Chris Iannetta 3 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Iannetta 3 (11)
SB - Dexter Fowler (12, 2nd base off Morton/Jaramillo), Carlos Gonzalez (3, 2nd base off Morton/Jaramillo)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Hammel-Tulowitzki-Helton, Barmes-Helton
E - Chris Iannetta (2, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Jason Hammel 6855240 4.41
Matt Daley (BS,1) 0.1211010 4.61
Alan Embree 0.2211000 5.59
Joel Peralta 1000110 1.69
Huston Street (W,2-1) 1100110 3.30
IBB - LaRoche by Huston Street
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 83-52, Matt Daley 10-8, Alan Embree 8-7, Joel Peralta 14-9, Huston Street 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 9-4, Joel Peralta 1-0, Huston Street 2-0
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 27, Matt Daley 3, Alan Embree 3, Joel Peralta 3, Huston Street 5
Game Information
Attendance - 32137
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Laz Diaz