The Rockies hit six home runs on Saturday and Charlie Blackmon led it off with a two-run solo shot in the first, giving Colorado an early lead. David Dahl and McMahon later hit solo home runs, but the Pirates’ deficit didn’t last long and eventually turned into the Pirates leading.
Ryan Castellani worked six innings and was charged with two runs; however, it was after Jeff Hoffman took the mound that most of the damage was done. The Pirates scored five runs on four singles and gained the lead, 7-4.
Rockies dig their way out
The Rox didn’t let Pittsburgh get too comfortable with their lead and got the rally going. In Colorado’s half of the sixth, McMahon hit his second solo home run of the day and his 20th of the season (7-5 Pirates). In the seventh inning, Arenado got in on the rally with a solo shot of his own to bring the Rockies within a run. The deficit didn’t last much longer, though, thanks to Drew Butera who hit an RBI single to tie the game up 7-7. However, the Rockies didn’t stop the rally there. In the same inning, Colorado regained the lead 9-7 on a two-run double courtesy of Chris Owings. And just in case the two-run lead wasn’t enough, Nolan went yard again to cap off the Rockies’ victory.
The Rockies will go for the sweep of the Pirates in game three at Coors Field on Sunday. The pitching matchup is set to be German Marquez (4-6, 6.91 ERA) vs. Joe Musgrove (5-2, 2.45 ERA).