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Suwinski, VanMeter Blast Three-Run Homers in Pirates 10-5 Win Over Rockies

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PITTSBURGH — With a single swing in the sixth inning, Jack Suwinski erased the Pirates three-run deficit and tied the game. The Pirates put up four runs in the following inning, capped off by a Josh VanMeter three-run shot to pad the lead.

VanMeter’s homer gave the Pirates, who trailed by as many as four runs, a 9-5 lead. The Bucs went on to tack on another and defeat the Rockies 10-5, earning a series victory over the Rockies on Wednesday afternoon. It was the first time the Bucs have scored double-digit runs this season.

Facing a three-run disadvantage, two outs in the inning and a full count, Suwinski’s  three-run home run had just enough height and cleared the Clemente Wall.

The Pirates took the lead in the seventh when Ben Gamel delivered an RBI single, followed by VanMeter’s blast two batters later. VanMeter had two hits on the day, extending his hitting streak to four games.

Cal Mitchell padded the lead in the eighth with an RBI double.

After a quick 1-2-3 first inning, Zach Thompson labored in the second. C.J. Cron began the inning with a single and Ryan McMahon followed with a double, giving the Rockies two on with nobody out. Randal Grichuk stepped to the plate and looped one the other way for a two-run double, giving the Rockies a 2-0 lead.

After striking out Garrett Hampson for the second out of the inning, Brian Serven dunked a base hit down the left field line, giving the Rockies their third tally of the inning and a 3-0 lead.

In the third. Cron golfed a 1-2 pitch that was down and out of the zone over the left field wall for a 427-foot home run, tacking on another run for Colorado.

That was it for Thompson who went three innings, allowed four runs on seven hits and struck out a trio of Rockies hitters. Mitch Keller then entered the game, making his second straight relief appearance.

The Pirates got the bats going in the home half of the third when Ke’Bryan Hayes recorded an RBI groundout and Gamel plated Bryan Reynolds, who doubled earlier in the inning. The Bucs cut the Rockies lead in half, and now trailed 4-2.

That was the only damage the Pirates did against Ryan Feltner, who was making his fourth career start for the Rockies. Feltner worked five innings. 

In the fifth, Grichuk struck again with a two-out line drive single up the middle, putting the Rockies ahead 5-2.

Yerry De Los Santos made his Major League debut in the ninth and picked up a pair of strikeouts.

The Pirates have an off day on Thursday and will begin a trip out west starting with a three-game series against the San Diego Padres beginning on Friday.

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