PITTSBURGH (AP) – Christian Adames’ first career homer capped a four-run ninth inning as the Colorado 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 Tony Wolters singled off Melancon (0-1) to snap a 1-1 tie and another run scored on first baseman John Jaso’s error. Melancon came on to start the ninth and was charged with three unearned runs in 2/3 of an inning.
Adames, a rookie infielder, 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.
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
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