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Pirate Bats come alive in the 6th inning, defeating Rockies 5-3

For the first time in what seems like forever, the Pittsburgh Pirates came alive at the plate in the sixth inning, defeating the Colorado Rockies 5-3 at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Pirates scored four runs in the sixth inning to turn a two-run deficit into a two-run lead. Oneil Cruz’s two-run home run was the loudest swing of the inning. The Pirates shortstop launched a ball from the roof of the Miller Lite bar in right-center field.

Ke’Bryan Hayes drove in Connor Joe from third base on a groundout short of the first run of the inning and Saturday’s hero Jack Suwinski drove in Rowdy Tellez with a single to put Pittsburgh ahead by two runs.

It was Tellez who was responsible for getting the Pirates on the board with a run-scoring groundout in the fourth.

All five runs came against Rockies starter Ryan Feltner (1-3), who allowed eight hits and struck out three in 5.2 innings pitched.

Bryan Reynolds, who had been hitless in eleven consecutive at bats, went 2 for 4 with a double and his first triple of the season. Cruz also scored a few goals. The Pirates had five extra-base hits in the game, the most since hitting six doubles against the Nationals on April 1.

Former Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings opened the scoring with a two-run home run to center. He was followed by Sean Bouchard, who hit his first home run of the season to left field to give the Rockies back-to-back jacks.

After that, Falter settled down and kept the Pirates within striking distance. Those were the only runs the left-hander allowed in 5.1 innings. He allowed six hits, walked four and struckout three.

Luis Ortiz (2-1) replaced Falter, leaving a pair of inherited runners behind. He was the record pitcher for the Pirates. David Bednar sealed the win for his sixth save of the season.

The win resulted in a series win for the Pirates, giving them their first since winning two of three against the Baltimore Orioles in the first home series of the year.

Next one

On Monday, the Pirates welcome the Los Angeles Angels to town for the start of a three-game series. Mitch Keller (2-3, 5.18 ERA) starts for Pittsburgh. Former Pirate Tyler Anderson (2-3, 2.23 ERA) will be on the mound for the Angels. First pitch: 6:40 ET.