Rockies lose to Pirates 5-3, completing sweep

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 20, 2014 at 7:05 pm •  Published: July 20, 2014
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Colorado Rockies received a quality start from their starting pitcher for the third game in a row.

And for the third time in as many games, the Rockies' bullpen allowed the Pittsburgh Pirates to take a late lead en route to victory.

Andrew McCutchen hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, Neil Walker followed with a home run and the Pirates overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Rockies 5-3 Sunday.

With the score 3-all, Matt Belisle (2-6) relieved and Harrison worked out a seven-pitch walk leading off the seventh. Harrison stole second and scored on a single by McCutchen, who then was caught stealing second. Walker followed with his 14th homer.

"Today was amateur, as far as what not to do," said Belisle, who got just two outs.

Belisle allowed two runs without pitching a full inning for the second time in Pittsburgh after he pitched one-third of an inning Friday night in Colorado's 4-2 loss.

"Matty's in there struggling right now," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. "He's ready to go and his mentality is strong. He's struggling right now, like a lot of us."

The lack of performance from one of the Rockies' clubhouse leaders is one of many things going wrong for a last-place team that dropped a season-high 18 games below .500 at 40-58.

"I have to control what I can, but this business is about results, and I'm the first to abide by that," Belisle said. "You can't get away from the preparation or the type of teammate or leader that you have to be."

Jeanmar Gomez (2-2) pitched a one-hit seventh, All-Star Tony Watson struck out two in a perfect eighth and Mark Melancon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 18th save in 21 chances.

"You've got to be a able to put games away, and it's frustrating," Weiss said.

Pittsburgh has two series sweeps this month after failing to sweep any during the first three months of the season. The Pirates took three in a row at home against Philadelphia from July 4-6.

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