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Rockies hit 5 home runs in 13-3 drubbing of Pirates

Mark Reynolds hit two of the Rockies’ five home runs in Sunday’s win

The Rockies hit five home runs in a 13-3 drubbing of the Pirates today. The win gave the Rockies the series and wrapped up a successful 5-1 home stand.

Kyle Freeland got off to a great start. He held the Pirates hitless through the first two innings, which caused some serious as well as not so serious whispering about him tossing a no-hitter. In the top of the second, Freeland helped himself in that cause with an excellent defensive play.

Freeland wasn’t sharp for the remainder of the game, and he wasn’t nearly as sharp as he was last week, but he pitched well through six and kept the Rockies in the game. It became a laugher after Freeland departed and the Rockies put up seven runs in the bottom of the sixth. Here’s how it all went.

The Rockies got off to a four run lead after batting around in the third. Trevor Story led off with a walk and Ryan Hanigan singled after that, putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Freeland moved both runners over with a swinging bunt. Charlie Blackmon drove Story in with a single of his own, and Pirates starter Iván Nova loaded the bases after hitting DJ LeMahieu with a pitch during a bunt attempt. Nolan Arenado brought two runners home with a single, and Mark Reynolds followed that with a single to load the bases again. Another runner scored after a groundout from Ian Desmond, plating the fourth run of the inning.

The Pirates got a run back in the fourth. Josh Harrison led off with a double. Freeland recorded back-to-back outs after that; however, with two outs and Harrison on third, Josh Bell singled Harrison home to make it 4-1. José Osuna followed that with another single, and Freeland walked Francisco Cervelli to load the bases. But Freeland got Jordy mercer to ground out, which limited the damage to a single run.

Blackmon made it 5-1 in favor of the Rockies with his 24th home run of the season in the fifth inning. It was an opposite field shot. He doesn’t hit them over there very often:

In the sixth, Freeland seemed to have struck out David Freese with a slider down in the zone. It was called a ball, and on the very next pitch, Freese homered to left center field. It’s pitch number five here:

That seemed to knock Freeland out of whack, as he rushed his pitches afterward and couldn’t find the strike zone. He walked the next batter, as his pitch count climbed toward the century mark. Freeland got out of the inning without allowing another run, but after 108 pitches, he was done for the afternoon. Freeland finished his day having allowed six hits and two runs; he walked two and struck out three.

The Rockies blew the game open in the bottom of the sixth with three two-run home runs. CarGo reached base with a single to lead off the inning, and Story brought him home with a home run to left field. That pushed Nova from the game. Reliever Wade LeBlanc walked the first batter he saw, Ryan Hanigan. Pinch-hitter Pat Valaika then took LeBlanc deep to left field for another two run home run. The third two-run homer of the inning came courtesy of Reynolds, who drove Arenado home (Arenado had an RBI single in the middle of all that, for good measure). The seven-run inning made it 12-2.

Adam Ottavino allowed a run in a long eighth inning to make it 12-3, and Reynolds hit his second home run of the day, a solo shot, in the eighth to give the Rockies their 10-run lead back. It ended 13-3.

The Rockies are now 6-3 since the All-Star break; they’re 58-42 overall. That eight game losing streak is starting to become a distant memory. The Rockies begin a tough six game road trip that takes them first to St. Louis and then Washington tomorrow. Antonio Senzatela starts for the opener against the Cardinals tomorrow, and St. Louis will send Mike Leake to the mound. The game begins at 6:15 MT and will be televised on ESPN.