Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters, left, makes the tag on Pittsburgh Pirates' Jung Ho Kang (27) for the out during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, May 21, 2016. Kang was attempting to score from third on a fielder's choic
Gene J. Puskar
May 21, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Colorado Rockies finally found a way to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, with three rookies helping lead the way.

Rookie infielder Cristhian Adames' first career home run capped a four-run ninth inning as the Rockies rallied to beat closer Mark Melancon and the Pirates 5-1 on Saturday, ending their eight-game losing streak against Pittsburgh.

Adames' two-run shot to straightaway center field came after rookie catcher Tony Wolters singled with runners on second and third off Melancon (0-1) to snap a 1-1 tie, the ball hitting off the first base bag. First baseman Josh Jaso then bobbled the ball, his error allowing a second run to score on play.

Rookie reliever Carlos Estevez (1-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless inning for his first major league win as the Rockies snapped a three-game overall losing streak.

''It's great that us younger guys had a chance to contribute but the reason we are able to succeed is we have great veteran leadership in this clubhouse,'' Wolters said. ''They have taught us so much, even if they don't always realize it. We're like a family in here and it gives you confidence that you can come through in a big situation.''

Adames entered the game at second base in the eighth inning as part of a double switch and homered off Jared Hughes in his 115th career plate appearance.

Adames and Estevez played in the same Little League in the Dominican Republic.

''I knew I hit pretty good but I'm not a home run hitter,'' Adames said. ''I just try to get on base to help my team win but I thought I could be aggressive in that situation.''

It was Melancon's first loss since Sept. 28 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

''Obviously, the whole inning was a little screwy, but it's why this game's so beautiful,'' Melancon said. ''You have to play until the end of every game. You have to get the last out and there's no clock, so you can't run it out. You have to play every out.''

Tyler Chatwood broke the Rockies' franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings on the road by running his streak to 27 2/3 innings before Jordy Mercer's two-out single in the fourth tied the score at 1-1. The previous record was 27 innings by Ubaldo Jimenez in 2010.

It was the only run Chatwood allowed over six innings. He gave up six hits while walking two and striking out two but did not learn he had set the record until getting a text message from a friend when he left the game.

''It's pretty cool to have the record but even better that we scratched out the win,'' Chatwood said.

Pirates left-hander Jon Niese gave up only one run on four hits in seven innings while recording his third quality start after having just two in his first six outings. He had four strikeouts and one walk.

The Rockies' Mark Reynolds hit an RBI double in the first inning to open the scoring.

Rockies rookie shortstop Trevor Story had two hits.

Jaso and Mercer had two hits each for the Pirates, who lost for the second time in seven games. Mercer extended his hitting streak to seven games.

The start of the game was delayed 56 minutes by rain.


Pirates 3B Jung Ho Kang left the game after the fifth inning because of discomfort in his left hand but said ''everything's good,'' after the game.

Kang was injured when he was thrown out sliding into home plate in the fourth inning while trying to score on Matt Joyce's grounder. Kang's hand collided with one of Wolters' shin guards.


Rockies: LF Carlos Gonzalez was not in the starting lineup, though he entered the game as part of a double switch in the seventh inning and struck out in his only plate appearance, running his streak of hitless at-bats to 16.

Pirates: CF Andrew McCutchen did not start for just the second time in 42 games as manager Clint Hurdle decided not to play him on a wet field.


Rockies manager Walt Weiss returned to Denver on Saturday night to attend his son Bo's graduation from Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado, on Sunday. Catching coach Rene Lachemann will manage the team Sunday in the finale of the three-game series.


Rockies: RHP Chad Bettis (4-2, 4.18 ERA), who starts Sunday, is 0-2 with 5.40 ERA against the Pirates in five career games, including three starts.

Pirates: RHP Juan Nicasio (4-3, 4.46) spent the first four seasons of his career with the Rockies from 2011-14.

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