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DENVER -- Dexter Fowler's strong defense and confident swing sent the Colorado Rockies to a rain-soaked victory.
Fowler made a leaping catch early in the game and hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning to help Colorado overcome a tying, three-run homer by Pedro Alvarez in a 5-4 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.
Fowler extended his tear at the plate with his 14th hit in seven games, but it was an out that won it for Colorado.
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Wilin Rosario led off the ninth with a single against reliever Jason Grilli (1-3) and moved to third on a one-out single by pinch-hitter Jason Giambi. Fowler hit a deep fly to Andrew McCutchen in center field and Rosario slid home ahead of the throw.
"I knew he was going to throw me a lot of sliders, but I was waiting on a fastball and he threw me one," Fowler said. "We knew we were going to put something together."
The Rockies were ready to celebrate an easier victory an hour earlier when weather and Alvarez disrupted that plan.
Intermittent rain, heavy at times, fell throughout the night and finally prompted a 53-minute rain delay with one out in the top of the ninth and Colorado leading 4-1. McCutchen and Neil Walker singled off closer Rafael Betancourt, and with Alvarez at the plate the tarp was brought out.
"It's just tough because you've got to sit down for so long and resume play like nothing happened," Alvarez said. "You've got the adrenaline going before the rain delay and you just get kind of stagnant."
After play resumed, Alvarez hit reliever Rex Brother's first pitch, a 98 mph fastball, into the left-field seats to tie the score at 4.
"A guy like that, you've got to try not to do too much and try to work with what he gives you," Alvarez said after his 18th home run. "I was just trying to go up there and try to get on base."
Brothers (5-2) got the victory despite serving up the tying home run.
"I threw my best pitch and he put a swing on it," Brothers said. "The main thing was we got out of that inning and won it in the bottom."
Walker had three hits and McCutchen added two for the Pirates, who have lost three of four.
"For the fans that stuck around, that was a pretty exciting last 20 minutes," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "I was very happy with the battle back. You never know what's going to happen."
Earlier in the game, Fowler used his glove to save the Rockies when he ran down Rod Barajas' deep fly at the wall in center to end the second inning.
"He told me he's glad he's not playing in the NL West anymore so I can't rob him," Fowler said. "That's a good feeling. It's always a good feeling to help the team."
The Rockies were held in check by Pittsburgh starter Jeff Karstens until they broke through in the fifth. Tyler Colvin led off with walk, Rosario singled him to third and Josh Rutledge drove in Colvin with another single.
Eric Young Jr., batting for starter Jeff Francis, drove a two-run double off the scoreboard in right field to make it 3-1. Young scored on Marco Scutaro's single.
Francis allowed one run and six hits, struck out one and didn't walk a batter in five innings.
Karstens was cruising before the fifth, retiring seven straight and allowing only three baserunners. He also contributed at the plate in the fifth.
With one out and Alvarez on first, Clint Barmes singled to left and Karstens followed with a grounder that bounced near the plate and over first baseman Michael Cuddyer for an RBI single to make it 1-0.
"I was trying to see the ball deep and hit it the other way," Karstens said. "I got lucky. I was thinking, I hope he can't jump."
It was Karstens' first RBI this season and the third of his career.
The right-hander allowed four runs and six hits, struck out four and walked two in seven innings.
The Rockies said INF Chris Nelson was admitted to a hospital to undergo tests for an irregular heartbeat and will remain hospitalized overnight. ... The Pirates activated outfielder Alex Presley from the seven-day concussion disabled list and optioned first baseman Matt Hague to Triple-A Indianapolis. ... Rockies RHP Juan Nicasio had surgery on his left knee and will likely miss the rest of the season. ... Walker extended his hitting streak to 16 games. ... The Pirates will send LHP Erik Bedard (4-10) to the mound against Rockies LHP Christian Friedrich (5-6) on Tuesday.
|Players of the Game|
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|Alex Presley, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.242|
|Josh Harrison, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.222|
|a- Drew Sutton, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.372|
|Casey McGehee, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.250|
|Neil Walker, 2B||4||1||3||0||0||0||1||.298|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||3||2||1||3||1||0||2||.227|
|Rod Barajas, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.216|
|Jordy Mercer, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|Jason Grilli, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Clint Barmes, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.206|
|Jeff Karstens, P||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.143|
|b- Gorkys Hernandez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.091|
|Tony Watson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Michael McKenry, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.243|
|a-grounded out for Harrison in the 8th|
|b-grounded out for Karstens in the 8th|
|HR - Pedro Alvarez (18, Brothers)|
|RBI - Pedro Alvarez 3 (54), Jeff Karstens (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jeff Karstens (1)|
|CS - Andrew McCutchen (5, 2nd base by Francis/Rosario), Neil Walker (4, 2nd base by Francis/Rosario)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Barmes-McGehee|
|Jason Grilli (L,1-3)||0.2||2||1||1||0||1||0||2.04|
|WP - Jeff Karstens (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Karstens 101-67, Tony Watson 21-13, Jason Grilli 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Karstens 7-9, Tony Watson 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Karstens 28, Tony Watson 5, Jason Grilli 4|
|Dexter Fowler, CF||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.300|
|Marco Scutaro, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.273|
|Jordan Pacheco, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.300|
|Carlos Gonzalez, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.331|
|Michael Cuddyer, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.261|
|Tyler Colvin, RF||3||1||0||0||1||2||3||.295|
|Wilin Rosario, C||3||2||2||0||1||0||0||.259|
|Josh Rutledge, SS||4||1||1||1||0||1||3||.250|
|Jeff Francis, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Eric Young Jr., PH||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.276|
|Josh Roenicke, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Rafael Betancourt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rex Brothers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jason Giambi, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.247|
|Jeremy Guthrie, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.083|
|a-doubled for Francis in the 5th|
|b-singled for Brothers in the 9th|
|2B - Michael Cuddyer (27, Karstens), Eric Young Jr. (2, Karstens)|
|SF - Dexter Fowler (2)|
|RBI - Dexter Fowler (38), Marco Scutaro (25), Josh Rutledge (3), Eric Young Jr. 2 (7)|
|SB - Carlos Gonzalez (12, 2nd base off Watson/Barajas), Josh Rutledge (2, 2nd base off Karstens/Barajas)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Rutledge-Scutaro-Cuddyer, Pacheco-Scutaro-Cuddyer|
|PB - Wilin Rosario (11)|
|Josh Roenicke (H,4)||3||1||0||0||1||0||0||2.33|
|Rafael Betancourt (H,1)||0.1||2||2||2||0||0||0||3.27|
|Rex Brothers (BS,5; W,5-2)||0.2||2||1||1||0||0||1||3.93|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 72-42, Josh Roenicke 37-24, Rafael Betancourt 6-4, Rex Brothers 9-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 6-6, Josh Roenicke 7-1, Rex Brothers 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 19, Josh Roenicke 10, Rafael Betancourt 3, Rex Brothers 3|
|Attendance - 36907|
|Game Time - 2:52|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom|