Apr 25, 2012 8:00 PM by Jordan Mason
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pedro Alvarez hit his second home run of the day, Charlie Morton pitched seven solid innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 5-1 to split a doubleheader on Wednesday.
Colorado broke up James McDonald's no-hit bid in the seventh inning of the opener on its way to a 2-1 win.
Alvarez helped Pittsburgh's tepid offense tie a season high in runs in the second game, hitting a solo shot down the right-field line off Jhoulys Chacin (0-2) to cap a five-run fifth.
Morton (1-1) benefited from an offense that broke out of a season-long slump, at least for an inning.
Garrett Jones went 3 for 4 in the nightcap, including a two-run shot off Chacin as baseball's lowest scoring offense gave its pitching staff some help.
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