The Pirates had their shot -- tying run on first with Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alavrez coming to bat with one out in the ninth -- but there was no magic last night at Coors Field. The game was lost in the sixth inning when Colorado scored five runs and Manager Clint Hurdle might have left A.J. Burnett in the game for one batter too many.
By Ian McCue, MLB.com
DENVER -- Perhaps if Saturday's game were played in Pittsburgh one week ago, the pieces would have somehow formed a complete puzzle for a ninth-inning comeback.
The Pirates had already rallied to cut the Rockies' lead to two, Neil Walker standing on first and their two most potent bats about to step to the plate representing the tying run. But the Pirates could not manufacture any of their previous magic after a one-hour, 48-minute rain delay at Coors Field on Saturday night, dropping their second straight game to the Rockies, 6-4.
The Pirates' second straight loss will cost them a series victory. But the losses have come as precisely the right moment, as they still hold a four-game lead over the scuffling Cardinals in the National League West.
Andrew McCutchen bit at a full-count slider down and away in the ninth, with third baseman Pedro Alvarez striking out on a similar pitch from closer Rex Brothers, this after he walked the leadoff batter and then allowed back-to-back singles. Brothers proved their match, quickly dispatching the club that has the third-most come-from-behind victories of any NL team.
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