Pirates 9, Rockies 8 (12 innings)

Judging from the tweets this morning, a lot of fans went to bed with the Pirates leading 7-0 and Jon Niese cruising. They awoke to a recap of another long, wild game where the Pirates blew a seven-run lead, but ended up winning it in the 12th inning on a Jordy Mercer RBI double.

What can you say? You know heading into Coors that you have to outscore the Rockies to win. And the Pirates have done just that in the past three games and will look for the four-game sweep this afternoon. Niese looked great until the 4th inning when the wheels fell off as he gave up four runs, including two solo home runs to Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado. He finished with 10 hits and five runs allowed in 5.o innings of work. The good pitching of the night came from Ryan Vogelsong and Kyle Lobstein as they tossed four scoreless innings of relief. Mark Melancon walked two in the bottom of the 12th, but closed the door to record his fifth save of the season.

The Pirates offense was on point once again, churning out base hits and baserunners almost every inning. Gregory Polanco belted his second home of the season in the 7th inning. The lineup produced 15 hits and four walks and five Pirates recorded two hits each. The offense continues to amaze even though you know they have to regress at some point.

The victory is the Pirates fourth straight win and six wins out of their last seven games. They have a chance for a 7-3 road trip with a victory this afternoon.

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