DENVER (AP) -- Baseball's highest-scoring ballpark has certainly
been good to one of its lowest-scoring teams.
Jason Bay homered and drove in four runs, Dave Williams pitched
six strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates scored in double
figures for the fourth time in six games at Coors Field in a 12-4
victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night."One thing about here, when you come here you feel like you can
leave the park at any part of the ballpark," Pirates manager Lloyd
McClendon said. "It gives you a little bit more confidence, you
let the ball travel, you hit the ball the other way. And we've been
a little bit lucky too."The Pirates have had plenty of success playing in Coors Field's
thin air. Pittsburgh had 21 hits and 11 runs in its last visit on
May 13, 2004, and scored 52 runs in its previous five games at the
hitter-friendly park, winning four.This one was no different.The Pirates had nine runs -- all off Rockies starter Jose Acevedo
(2-2) -- and 14 hits by the fourth inning, finishing with 19.Jack Wilson had two RBI, Jose Castillo had four hits and Bay
had three for Pittsburgh, which has 47 runs its last six games
overall -- not bad for the second-lowest scoring team in baseball."This is an offensive ballpark and it just happens that we just
come here and put up runs," said Bay, who has reached base in 24
straight games. "We come in with the same approach, but a few more
fall in here and there to blow it open. I don't know of anybody
that wouldn't like to hit here."Pittsburgh scored two runs in the second and third innings, then
added five more in the fourth. The Rockies never stood much of a
chance after that, losing for the 12th time in 17 games against the
Pirates despite a two-run homer from Dustan Mohr, his career-high
13th, and three hits by Luis Gonzalez."That is a club that plays us very difficult," Rockies manager
Clint Hurdle said. "Every team has one. Ever since I've been with
the organization the Pirates have played us tough."Williams (9-8) didn't make things easy on the Rockies.The left-hander didn't allow a hit until Gonzalez's two-out
single in the third inning and the Rockies didn't get a runner past
second base off him until Larry Bigbie lined an RBI single up the
middle in the sixth that made it 9-1.Colorado then loaded the bases on Danny Ardoin's single, but
Williams escaped the jam by getting pinch-hitter Jorge Piedra on a
comebacker.Williams, who also had his fourth RBI of the year on a high
chopper off the plate in the second inning, worked around four
walks, allowing a run and six hits to win for the third time in
five starts."I think looking back on my last couple of starts our offense
has come alive and as a starting pitcher I let them down,"
Williams said. "Tonight, I just tried to dig a little bit and
things went my way. It's easy to pitch when you have your best
stuff, but how you pitch when you don't have your best is when you
know what kind of player you are."Acevedo was solid in his last start on Thursday, holding San
Francisco to a run and three hits in six innings. The right-hander
clearly didn't have his best stuff this time around, giving up
career highs of nine runs and 12 hits in 3 1-3 innings."The ball got up and I couldn't get it down," Acevedo said.
"I was fighting myself. I didn't have a lively arm."Pittsburgh got two off Acevedo in the second inning on Wilson's
RBI single and Williams' chopper, then Bay made it 4-0 in the third
with his 22nd homer, a two-run shot halfway up the stands in left.The Pirates scored five more off Acevedo in the fourth on Brad
Eldred's RBI double and four run-scoring singles. Wilson capped the
inning with an RBI single off Ryan Speier that put the Pirates up
9-0.Pittsburgh scored three more in the eighth inning off Randy
Williams, including an RBI double by Bay."We had a lot of guys swing the bat well tonight," McClendon
said. "It was a good day offensively for us."
Pirates 3B Rob Mackowiak left the game in the third inning
after injuring his knee on a single. He stayed in for a few
pitches, then was replaced by pinch-runner Freddy Sanchez. ...
Ardoin has five hits in his last 10 at-bats after going 1-for-2.
... Dave Williams is 5-1 against the NL West this season. ...
Rockies LF Matt Holliday extended his hitting streak to seven