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Alvarez's three-run drive caps wild Pirates win over Rockies

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PITTSBURGH -- Pedro Alvarez could only envision one way in which the most dramatic moment of his burgeoning baseball career can be topped.

Alvarez hit a winning three-run homer with two out in the 10th inning to send the Pittsburgh Pirates to a wild 8-7 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.

"It's pretty unreal," the rookie said. "I can remember one other time hitting a walk-off home run, but obviously here on a Saturday night, a packed house, in the big leagues, nothing can beat that -- maybe expect Game 7 of the World Series."

Alvarez's 10th homer in 45 career games -- and second in as many days -- came on an 0-1 pitch from Huston Street (2-3) with Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones aboard, allowing the seventh sellout crowd at PNC Park this year to enjoy a post-game George Thorogood concert all the more.

"This was a great win in front of a big crowd," Pirates manager John Russell said. "The guys were excited. I think the baseball gods are finally looking down on us saying, 'Enough is enough.' We did a lot of great things tonight, and unfortunately we were in a position to lose it."

Ian Stewart hit a tying three-run homer in the ninth for the Rockies and Todd Helton's two-run shot off Sean Gallagher (2-0) in the 10th made it 7-5.

Jones and Chris Snyder also homered for last-place Pittsburgh, which has won three of five. Alvarez, the No. 2 overall draft pick two years ago, connected for the ninth time at home this season, capping a 3-for-6 night.

"For a young guy to come up in those big situations like that, that's huge," Snyder said. "That's how you set the tone of a solid career."

The 36-year-old Helton, a former National League RBI champion, homered for only the third time this season, a line drive deep into the elevated seats in right after Dexter Fowler led off the inning with an infield single.

The first baseman had one of the best views of Alvarez's winner down the line.

"I wasn't sure it was a home run when he hit it," first baseman Helton said. "But based on the way he reacted, I figured he knew."

The Rockies have lost eight of their last nine on the road, making it difficult for them to remain in the NL playoff race.

"It's a tough loss, obviously," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "We haven't done that all year, to come back like that and then lose, it's tough."

Stewart's 16th homer was to right-center off Joel Hanrahan after Troy Tulowitzki and Brad Hawpe singled to lead off the ninth. Hard-luck Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf was in line for his second win before Hanrahan's first blown save opportunity since he inherited the closer's job when Octavio Dotel was traded at the deadline last Saturday.

Stewart's drive was his fifth since the All-Star break and eighth coming in the seventh inning or later.

Pittsburgh trailed 1-0 before Snyder hit a three-run homer high off the left-field foul pole off Jorge De La Rosa in the sixth. It was Snyder's 11th homer and first since being acquired from Arizona.

Ohlendorf took line drives off his body early during each of his two most recent starts -- including one off his head in Colorado on July 28 that forced him to leave the game in the first inning. He made it through Saturday unscathed, allowing two runs, one earned, and four hits in six-plus innings.

Colorado got an unearned run in the seventh, but Jones got that right back when he led off the bottom half with his 16th homer and fourth in six games against the Rockies this season.

Still, the Pirates were more impressed with Jones' at bat in 10th, in which he worked an eight-pitch walk.

"He could have been selfish and tried to go for the fences," Alvarez said, "but he tried to put together a good at bat, which he did, walked and gave the opportunity to the next guy."

An opportunity Alvarez took advantage of.

"He's one of those guys who really wants to be on the stage -- in a good way; not in a cocky way," Russell said. "He wants to be the guy."

Notes

  • RHP Esmil Rogers will start for the Rockies on Sunday. Rogers is 1-2 with a 4.85 ERA in 13 games, two starts, this season. The rotation turn came available when the team placed RHP Aaron Cook on the disabled list Thursday.
  • Every Pittsburgh starter had at least one hit -- including the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Ohlendorf managing an infield single.
  • The Rockies used every available pitcher in their bullpen.
 
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Pedro Alvarez completes a joyous trip to home plate after his walk-off shot in the bottom of the 10th.  (AP)
Pedro Alvarez completes a joyous trip to home plate after his walk-off shot in the bottom of the 10th. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

I. Stewart
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Pittsburgh

P. Alvarez
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF5110020 .241
Todd Helton, 1B3112200 .251
Carlos Gonzalez, LF5120002 .321
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3111112 .320
Brad Hawpe, RF5220001 .256
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Ian Stewart, 3B4123111 .259
Miguel Olivo, C5001003 .292
Clint Barmes, 2B4000011 .252
Jorge De La Rosa, P2000020 .222
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   a- Seth Smith, PH1000010 .275
    Taylor Buchholz, P00000001.000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Giambi, PH1000010 .273
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .333
    Ryan Spilborghs, RF0000000 .268
Totals3879749  
a-struck out for Betancourt in the 8th
b-struck out for Beimel in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ian Stewart (12, Ohlendorf)
3B - Carlos Gonzalez (6, Ohlendorf)
HR - Todd Helton (3, Gallagher), Ian Stewart (16, Hanrahan)
SF - Troy Tulowitzki (4)
RBI - Todd Helton 2 (19), Troy Tulowitzki (45), Ian Stewart 3 (55), Miguel Olivo (48)
SB - Carlos Gonzalez (17, 2nd base off Ohlendorf/Snyder)
Team LOB - 6
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jorge De La Rosa 5.1533451 5.01
Manny Corpas 0.1300000 4.55
Randy Flores 0.1211001 3.16
Rafael Betancourt 1000020 4.65
Taylor Buchholz 0.1211000 5.00
Joe Beimel 0.2000110 2.65
Matt Belisle 1000100 2.39
Huston Street (BS,2; L,2-3) 0.2233111 4.79
IBB - Walker by Joe Beimel
WP - Joe Beimel (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 113-66, Manny Corpas 12-9, Randy Flores 6-5, Rafael Betancourt 9-9, Taylor Buchholz 7-5, Joe Beimel 15-8, Matt Belisle 11-4, Huston Street 23-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 8-3, Matt Belisle 2-1
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 25, Manny Corpas 4, Randy Flores 3, Rafael Betancourt 3, Taylor Buchholz 3, Joe Beimel 3, Matt Belisle 4, Huston Street 5
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrew McCutchen, CF6120003 .287
Jose Tabata, LF5020121 .304
Neil Walker, 2B5010127 .300
Garrett Jones, 1B4311221 .264
Pedro Alvarez, 3B6133003 .239
Lastings Milledge, RF4110102 .274
Chris Snyder, C3113211 .231
    Argenis Diaz, PR0000000 .333
    Sean Gallagher, P0000000 .000
Ronny Cedeno, SS5010013 .244
Ross Ohlendorf, P2010010 .091
    Wil Ledezma, P0000000 .000
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
    Evan Meek, P00000001.000
   a- Delwyn Young, PH1110000 .257
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Doumit, PH-C1000001 .257
Totals42814779  
a-singled for Meek in the 8th
b-grounded out for Hanrahan in the 9th
Batting
2B - Andrew McCutchen (22, Street), Jose Tabata (13, Buchholz), Lastings Milledge (21, De La Rosa)
HR - Garrett Jones (16, Flores), Pedro Alvarez (10, Street), Chris Snyder (11, De La Rosa)
SH - Ross Ohlendorf (1)
RBI - Garrett Jones (63), Pedro Alvarez 3 (29), Chris Snyder 3 (37)
2-OUT RBI - Pedro Alvarez 3 (11)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
E - Ryan Doumit (6, Missed catch of throw), Lastings Milledge (1, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ross Ohlendorf 6421160 4.23
Wil Ledezma (H,1) 0.1000000 13.50
Chris Resop (H,1) 0.2000010 12.27
Evan Meek (H,10) 1000110 1.44
Joel Hanrahan (BS,3) 1333011 4.20
Sean Gallagher (W,2-0) 1222201 5.55
IBB - Stewart by Sean Gallagher
Pitches-Strikes - Ross Ohlendorf 98-63, Wil Ledezma 3-2, Chris Resop 7-5, Evan Meek 18-11, Joel Hanrahan 16-10, Sean Gallagher 26-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Ohlendorf 2-10, Wil Ledezma 1-0, Chris Resop 1-0, Evan Meek 2-0, Joel Hanrahan 2-0
Batters Faced - Ross Ohlendorf 23, Wil Ledezma 1, Chris Resop 2, Evan Meek 4, Joel Hanrahan 6, Sean Gallagher 7
Game Information
Attendance - 38147
Game Time - 4:05
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Bill Miller