The Colorado Rockies will escape Pittsburgh with just one victory against the Pirates. After winning the first game of the doubleheader, the Rockies dropped the second game, 5-1. The culprit: five runs allowed by Jhoulys Chacin and two misplayed balls by Carlos Gonzalez in left field, all in the fifth inning.
After Alex Presley doubled for the Pirates to start things during the bottom half of the fifth, Carlos Gonzalez had trouble with the ball in the sun on back-to-back plays, allowing a Nate McLouth RBI double and an Andrew McCutchen RBI single. Then Chacin allowed a two-run home run to Garrett Jones and a solo home run to Pedro Alvarez, who hit one in the first game of the day.
Zach Putnam, called up because teams are allowed to have a 26-man roster for a split doubleheader, pitched one inning of relief after Chacin and allowed just one hit, as did Rex Brother and Edgmer Escalona.
The Rockies (9-9, 4-5 away) are off on Thursday and return home for a weekend series with the New York Mets at Coors Field.
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