The Pirates came out of the home series with the Colorado Rockies with a 8-10 overall record having won 2 of 3 games in the series.
The Bucs won the first game behind the pitching of Kevin Correia who went six innings giving up four hits and two runs. Correia gave up both runs in the top of the first when Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez hit a two run homerun.
The Pirates battled back collecting one run in the first inning and then another two runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the 3-2 lead. It didn't last very long when the Rockies scored two of their own runs in the top of the 8th inning to regain the lead. It too was short lived, when the battling Buccos scored two more run to take the 5-4 lead, for good.
Game two and three were part of a Wednesday afternoon doubleheader that started off with Pitcher James McDonald throwing 6 no hit innings before the Rockies were able to finally collect a hit and a run. McDonald finished the night going seven innings and allowing one run to score. Unfortunately the solid start by McDonald resulted in the Pirates only loss of the series 2-1.
In the third game of the series the Pirates were encouraged by a five run fifth inning in which the Bucs had back to back homeruns from Garrett Jones and Pedro Alvarez. It was also Alvarez second homerun of the day after hitting a solo shot in game one of the double header. The Pirates were able to hang onto the lead and claim the 5-1 victory.
The Pirates head to Atlanta to begin a four game series with the Braves Friday night followed by three games in St. Louis. A.J. Burnett is schedule to make the start Friday night.