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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Daniel Vogelbach follows his RBI single being stolen off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Austin Gomber during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 17, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — Kyle Newman and Michael Chavis had three hits apiece, and the Pittsburgh Pirates ended their 12-game road trip with an 8-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

Jason Delay and Jason Marisnick also had two hits and Tyler Beede (1-1) pitched two relief innings for the Pirates.

Pittsburgh had a season-high 16 hits to end a four-game skid and end its 11-day four-city trip 6-6.

“It was good to bounce back,” manager Derek Shelton said. “We’ve played, we’ve played well on this road trip – a long journey – but to get through it, especially after not playing the first two games very well here, I give our group a ton of credit. .”

Elias Diaz doubled and tripled for Colorado, whose five-game winning streak was snapped. Brendan Rodgers and CJ Cron had two hits apiece, and Austin Gomber allowed three runs in five innings of work for the Rockies. They won 8 of 11 to move up in the wild card race.

“We’re playing better,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “We’re throwing better, we’re playing good defense, hitting has improved a bit and Kris (Bryant) is back in the lineup.”

The Pirates recalled Bryse Wilson from Triple-A Indianapolis to start on Sunday. He allowed two runs on four hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Pittsburgh took the lead in the sixth against reliever Jake Bird (1-1). Delay singled, went third on Newman’s double and scored on a Ke’Bryan Hayes groundout. Chavis followed with a sharp right single to bring Newman home and make it 5-3.

Newman’s two RBI single capped a ninth three-run for Pittsburgh.

Wilson received a 3-1 lead but left after 48 pitches with runners on first and third. Cron scored on a defensive pick to cut the deficit to 3-2, and Colorado tied it in the fifth when Díaz tripled and headed home on Blackmon’s sacrifice fly.

The Pirates held them scoreless after that and pulled away for the win.

“If you tie the game, you have the momentum,” Chavis said. “Then to come back in defense and get it back immediately, it’s kind of like a kick in the chest.”

BE DEFENSIVE

Jose Iglesias had a scoring defensive play in the fourth inning. With Ke’Bryan Hayes first, Chavis hit a grounder to Iglesias at shortstop. He charged the ball and in one motion scooped it up with his glove and returned it to Rodgers covering the second for a forced out.

Chavis got his revenge in the sixth when he made a diving save on Ryan McMahon’s ground player on the first base line, preventing Rodgers from scoring from second. He finished the game catching Blackmon’s line drive and doubled Díaz in second.

“When I make plays like that, when I do well defensively, that’s something I’m more proud of just because it’s something that didn’t come naturally. It’s something I’ve been working on,” Chavis said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: Placed RHP Chase De Jong on the 15-day injured list with tendonitis in his left knee.

Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (right shoulder inflammation) is expected to return after the All-Star break. He hasn’t pitched since June 2.

NEXT

Pirates: Open a three-game home series against Miami starting Friday night.

Rockies: Head to Milwaukee for a four-game road trip starting Friday night.

SAILORS 6, RANGERS 2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Seattle Mariners won their 14th straight game as All-Star rookie Julio Rodriguez hit a two-run brace and Ty France homered after joining him on the AL team to beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Sunday.

YANKEES 13, RED SOX 2

NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole fended off Rafael Devers and struck out 12 in seven innings, Matt Carpenter drove three more runs and New York beat Boston after Red Sox ace Chris Sale broke his left little finger during the first run.

WHITE SOX 11, TWINS 0

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dylan Cease hit seven innings in his last big start, and Chicago beat Minnesota and surged into the All-Star break winning three of four against the first-place Twins.

GIANTS 9, BREWERS 5

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Logan Webb (9-3) pitched six solid innings for his ninth victory to put San Francisco into the all-star break with a victory over collapsing Milwaukee.

BLUE JAYS 4, ROYAL 2

TORONTO (AP) — Alejandro Kirk hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, sending Toronto over Kansas City.

Last-place AL Central Kansas City was without 10 unvaccinated players, including All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi and infielder Whit Merrifield, in the four-game Toronto series.

RAYS 7, ORIOLES 5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brett Phillips, Randy Arozarena and Francisco Mejia homered as Tampa Bay beat Baltimore 7-5 despite losing slugger Harold Ramirez to a broken thumb.

CUBS 3, METS 2

CHICAGO (AP) — Nico Hoerner hit a deciding RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning, and Chicago stopped a nine-game slide by beating New York.

NATIONALS 7, BRAVE 3

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juan Soto and Victor Robles homered, and Washington beat Atlanta to end a nine-game losing streak.

Soto, Washington’s only All-Star who could be traded by the end of the month, had a solo shot in the eighth inning to extend his on-base streak to a career-high 26 games.

DIAMONDBACKS 3, PADRES 1

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Merrill Kelly gave up a run in six innings and David Peralta hit a solo homer to lead Arizona over San Diego.

ATHLETICS 4, ASTROS 3

HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Vogt hit a game-breaking single in the eighth inning and Oakland wrapped up a shaky first half by beating Houston.

PHILLIES 4, MARLINS 0

MIAMI (AP) — Aaron Nola struck out 10 and threw a scoreless fly ball in the ninth inning as Philadelphia beat Miami for a three-game sweep.



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