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Pirates rally, take down reeling Rockies for sweep

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PITTSBURGH -- Taking the extra base was the key for the Pittsburgh Pirates in completing a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies.

Andrew McCutchen hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, Neil Walker followed with a home run and the Pirates overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Rockies 5-3 Sunday.

Walker advanced to second on right fielder Carlos Gonzalez's throw following his second-inning single. Jordy Mercer stole second in the sixth inning, and Josh Harrison swiped second in the seventh.

All three wound up scoring.

"We're going to be aggressive," Walker said. "We're going to get thrown out. We're going to look stupid at times, but at the same time we're going to make aggressive plays that lead to runs."

With the score 3-all, Matt Belisle (2-6) relieved and Harrison worked out a seven-pitch walk leading off the seventh. Harrison stole second and scored on a single by McCutchen, who then was caught stealing second. Walker followed with his 14th homer.

"Today was amateur, as far as what not to do," said Belisle, who got just two outs.

Pittsburgh took the lead against Colorado's bullpen for the third straight day.

"You've got to be a able to put games away, and it's frustrating," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said.

Jeanmar Gomez (2-2) pitched a one-hit seventh, All-Star Tony Watson struck out two in a perfect eighth and Mark Melancon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 18th save in 21 chances.

Pittsburgh has two series sweeps this month after failing to sweep any during the first three months of the season. The Pirates took three in a row at home against Philadelphia from July 4-6.

Pirates starter Jeff Locke gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings, and Rockies starter Tyler Matzek allowed three runs, seven hits and three walks in six innings. The rookie struck out a career-high eight.

"Tyler did a great job," Weiss said. "Put us in position (to win) again. That's three good starts in a row by our starters, but (we) couldn't get the big hit to bust it open early."

Colorado built its lead on Josh Rutledge's two-run homer in the first and a Michael McKenry drive leading off the second.

Mercer had a two-run single in the bottom half, and Chris Stewart's second double of the game drove Mercer in the sixth.

Pittsburgh had come from behind in 25 of its 52 wins.

"If you get too caught up in the score or too caught up in things that are out of your control, it's going to lead to pressing and trying to do too much," Walker said. "We do a good job of not doing that around there."

Notes

Colorado didn't play 1B Justin Morneau (neck), SS Troy Tulowitzki (thigh) and OF Charlie Blackmon (ankle). ... Pittsburgh has won its first three games out of the All-Star Break for the first time since 2004.. RHP Edinson Volquez (8-6, 3.65 ERA) is to start Monday's opener of a three-game series against the Dodgers. LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (10-5, 3.44 ERA) is slated to pitch for Los Angeles. ... Colorado returns to Coors Field and opens a three-game series against Washington. LHP Franklin Morales (5-4, 5.26 ERA) starts for the Rockies and RHP Doug Fister (8-2, 2.90 ERA) for the Nationals.

 
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Neil Walker enjoys a big day at the plate for Pittsburgh, logging three hits and hitting his 14th home run. (USATSI)
Neil Walker enjoys a big day at the plate for Pittsburgh, logging three hits and hitting his 14th home run. (USATSI)

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Pittsburgh

N. Walker
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R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Colorado

J. Rutledge
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
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HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGSLGOBP
Brandon Barnes, LF3110102.250.394.297
   Matt Belisle, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brooks Brown, P0000000.000.000.000
Josh Rutledge, SS4122002.295.464.358
Carlos Gonzalez, RF4000001.249.443.298
Nolan Arenado, 3B4010010.283.450.307
Drew Stubbs, CF4020020.299.500.337
Charlie Culberson, 1B4000012.189.307.237
Michael McKenry, C3121100.319.478.373
DJ LeMahieu, 2B3000021.277.343.331
Tyler Matzek, P2000000.118.118.118
   a-Corey Dickerson, PH-LF0000100.332.576.400
Totals3138336    
a-was walked intentionally for Matzek in the 7th
Batting
HR - Josh Rutledge (3, Locke), Michael McKenry (2, Locke)
SH - DJ LeMahieu (7)
RBI - Josh Rutledge 2 (12), Michael McKenry (8)
CS - Brandon Barnes (3, 2nd base by Locke/Stewart)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Nolan Arenado (10, Throwing), DJ LeMahieu (4, Missed catch of throw)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyler Matzek 6733380 4.91
Matt Belisle (L,2-6) 0.2422101 5.63
Brooks Brown 1.1100110 6.00
IBB - A. McCutchen by Brooks Brown
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Matzek 99-61, Matt Belisle 26-12, Brooks Brown 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Matzek 5-5
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Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGSLGOBP
Gregory Polanco, RF5000024.246.324.331
Josh Harrison, LF-3B4120100.295.442.333
Andrew McCutchen, CF4011111.320.563.418
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4110103.239.423.299
Neil Walker, 2B4231000.283.462.352
Jordy Mercer, SS3122102.254.363.295
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4010022.237.407.325
   Tony Watson, P00000001.0001.0001.000
   Mark Melancon, P0000000.000.000.000
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Jeff Locke, P2000022.118.118.211
   a-Starling Marte, PH0000100.258.390.331
   Jeanmar Gomez, P00000001.0001.0001.000
   Travis Snider, LF1000010.239.348.318
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a-walked for Locke in the 6th
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2B - Chris Stewart 2 (3, Matzek)
HR - Neil Walker (14, Belisle)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen (62), Neil Walker (45), Jordy Mercer 2 (31), Chris Stewart (5)
2-OUT RBI - Neil Walker (15), Chris Stewart (2)
SB - Josh Harrison 2 (11, 2nd base off Belisle/McKenry), Andrew McCutchen (16, 2nd base off Brown/McKenry), Jordy Mercer (2, 2nd base off Matzek/McKenry)
CS - Andrew McCutchen (1, 2nd base by Belisle/McKenry)
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DP - G. Sanchez-Mercer, G. Sanchez-Mercer-Walker-Mercer-G. Sanchez
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Jeanmar Gomez (W,2-2) 1100100 3.38
Tony Watson (H,23) 1000020 1.36
Mark Melancon (S,18) 1000010 2.22
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Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Locke 85-53, Jeanmar Gomez 15-9, Tony Watson 17-11, Mark Melancon 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Locke 6-6, Jeanmar Gomez 3-0, Tony Watson 1-0, Mark Melancon 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Locke 24, Jeanmar Gomez 5, Tony Watson 3, Mark Melancon 3
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Attendance - 35609
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Clint Fagan, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Tim Welke