PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates weren't sure if second
baseman Abraham Nunez would play Saturday against the Colorado
They were glad he did.
Nunez drove in the only run and turned the game-ending double
play in a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Nunez was questionable for the game because his wife gave birth
to their son, Abraham Jr., at 3:59 p.m. The game started at 6:35
p.m., and Nunez arrived at the ballpark at 5:50 p.m.
"It's been quite a day for me," said Nunez, who drove in
Randall Simon with a second-inning groundout. "My wife had a baby
in the afternoon, then I helped my team win a game at night. It'd
be hard to top this day anytime soon."
The pitcher's duel came one night after Pittsburgh beat the
Right-hander Brian Meadows (2-1) replaced recently traded Jeff
Suppan in the Pirates' rotation and allowed five singles in seven
innings. It was his second start of the season and first since May
25. He walked one and struck out three.
Suppan led the Pirates with 10 victories before he was traded to
the Boston Red Sox on Thursday.
"You always tell yourself you're going to go out there and
throw a shutout," Meadows said. "Realistically, though, you know
it usually isn't going to happen, especially against a team like
the Rockies. I'm very pleased."
The largest crowd of the season -- 37,820 -- at PNC Park saw
Meadows throw 93 pitches before he was removed for a pinch-hitter
in the seventh. Brian Boehringer pitched 1 1-3 innings before
giving way to Lincoln.
Rockies starter Jason Jennings (10-9) lost despite pitching
three-hit ball for seven innings.
Colorado threatened to tie it in the ninth, putting runners on
first and third against reliever Brian Boehringer. Right-hander
Mike Lincoln came in to face Jay Payton. On Lincoln's first pitch,
Payton lined a one-bounce shot to shortstop Jack Wilson, who went
to his knees to field it.
Wilson flipped the ball to Nunez, who forced out Larry Walker
and threw out the speedy Payton at first. Replays, however,
indicated that Payton beat the throw.
The Rockies certainly thought so. Normally mild-mannered
first-base coach Dave Collins argued vehemently, as did manager
"We should still be playing," Hurdle said.
"It was bang-bang, that's for sure," said Lincoln, who notched
his fourth save in six tries. "I don't know if he was safe or out,
but I do know it was an exciting way to end it."
Just as Wilson caught the ball, Walker crashed into him, sending
them tumbling to the ground. Wilson held onto the ground, and both
players were down on the track for several seconds before Rockies
medical personnel could attend to them. After about four minutes of
medical attention, both players rose to their feet and stayed in.
"People say in car accidents that they kind of forget what
happened," Walker said. "Once I figured out where I was, I
mumbled to him, `Do you have the ball?' He said, `Yes.' I said,
Simon led off the Pirates' second inning with a walk and
advanced to third on Jose Hernandez's double off the right-field
wall. After Jack Wilson struck out, Nunez bounced out to second to
drive home Simon.
The Rockies dropped their fourth in a row and fell to an
NL-worst 18-41 on the road. ... Abraham Jr. weighed in at 6 pounds,
9 ounces. ... Lincoln had blown his previous two save
opportunities. ... Pirates RF Reggie Sanders threw out Ronnie
Belliard trying to stretch a single to a double in the first.
Sanders' one-hop throw from the gap in right-center field gave him
four assists on the season, tied for the team lead among
outfielders with recently traded CF Kenny Lofton. ... The Rockies
have yet to finish a road trip with a .500 record this season. ...
Jennings is 7-0 at home, but 3-9 on the road with a four-game
losing streak. ... The crowd was the 10th-largest in PNC Park's
three-year history. There was a postgame fireworks show.