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Rockies 9, Pirates 3: All cylinders were firing in rout of Bucs

Offense, defense, and pitching were outstanding tonight

The Rockies followed up last night’s 5-0 shutout with another fantastic 9-3 win over the Pirates. It marks the fourth time that the Rockies have won a series in Pittsburgh since PNC opened in 2001. Every Rockies batter notched at least one hit, including Jon Gray and pinch hitter David Dahl.

Alpha Gray Wolf

Jon Gray was brilliant today. Other than giving up another solo homer in the second inning — which landed on the fly in the Allegheny River — he pitched a gem for seven innings. With Gray’s start, that marked the first time this season that back-to-back starters pitched seven innings. He exited the game with a final line of seven hits, three earned runs, one walk, seven strikeouts, and a home run on 105 pitches. His fastball averaged close to 98 MPH the whole game.

Who wants a three-run homer?

Daniel Murphy led the scoring charge with a three-run homer in the first inning, his third of the season and his first since he had back-to-back homers on April 27th and 28th. Not to be outdone, Tony Wolters also hit a three-run homer in the third — his first bomb of the season. Both home runs came with two outs in the inning.

Welcome to the neighborhood

Brendan Rodgers has officially arrived, going 3-for-5 today. He knocked two more infield hits before finally hitting extra bases when he scored Ian Desmond on an RBI double in the fifth inning. Rodgers also had a few defensive gems, including the one below:

Looking ahead

Tomorrow is the final game of the series and the Rockies will look to sweep. Antonio Senzatela will take the mound against old friend Jordan Lyles for an early, 10:35am MT start.