Hammel shuts down Pirates after leadoff home run
One night after being shut out on five hits, the Colorado Rockies didn’t come up with a big offensive game, but did produce more than enough runs for.
After allowing a leadoff home run to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutcheon, Hammel allowed just five more hits and a pair of walks over seven innings to pick up his third win.
The seven innings were Hammel’s longest outing of the season. He was helped out by double plays in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings and a great running catch in right byin the third inning that saved a run.
Rockies hitters gave Hammel all the offense he needed in the second inning when Smith drove in the tying run with an infield single, andfollowed a three-run home run.
, who ended an 0-for-25 slump with a bunt base hit in the ninth inning on Friday, was 2-for-4 with a double and a single.
Hammel was backed by a scoreless eight from relieverand ‘s 10th save.