Aug 7, 2010 12:29 AM by Andy Koen
The Colorado Rockies picked up a much needed road win in Pittsburgh Friday outscoring the struggling Pirates 6-3. Carlos Gonzalez got the bats going early homering off of Pirates pitcher Zach Duke.
Later in the 3rd inning, Clint Barmes singled to first and moved into scoring position off a balk. That set up Dexter Fowler who hit an RBI double to right field. Todd Helton then singled to center field to bring in Fowler and give the Rockies an early 3-0 lead.
Pitcher Jason Hammel held the Pirates scoreless through 5 innings but with two outs and two runners on in the 6th, Pedro Alvarez homered to right field to tie the game.
Colorado retook the lead in the 7th when Carlos Gonzalez singled then advanced to second on a wild pitch to Troy Tulowitzki. Tulo then singled to left field to drive in Gonzalez.
The Rockies rallied in the 9th to put the game out of reach starting with a triple by Dexter Fowler. The ball hit the top of the centerfield wall and was initally ruled as a run, but was overturned on replay.
Todd Helton was walked and then Carlos Gonzales flied out centerfield bringing home Fowler. Tulowitzki then singled to right field sending Helton to 2nd. Then Jason Giambi singled to center field bring home Helton for the final run of the game.
The Rockies improve to 57-52 but are still 21-33 on the road.