The Pirates snapped a two-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory Saturday. Pittsburgh, which had won four straight prior to its slide, managed just a combined eight hits in the defeats while being outscored 16-3.
“We had been quiet for a couple of nights,” Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. “It was really nice to see the production that we got from a lot of different guys.”
Pittsburgh got a boost from newcomer Jose Castillo, who has put an 0-for-20 slump in the past thanks to a new stance and approach at the plate.
The rookie infielder homered and drove in a career-high three runs on Saturday for the Pirates. In five games with the new stance, which features a leg kick prior to his swing, he is batting .500 (7-for-14) with a triple, two home runs and seven RBIs to raise his average up to .245.
“We said coming out of spring training that if he hit .240 and gave us good defense, we’d be extremely happy,” McClendon said. “Every day is a new adventure for him. It’s nice to see him getting it turned around. He’s confident with that leg kick, and he’s going to get better.”
Craig Wilson went 2-for-4 with a homer—his team-leading 21st of the season — for the Pirates, who are 16-6 when they hit two or more home runs. The first basemen is batting just .210 (8-for-38) over his last 10 games but has three homers and nine RBIs.
The Pirates, losers of 13 of their first 19 at PNC Park this season, have won 18 of their last 24 at home.
Vinny Castilla homered for the second straight game for the Rockies, who are 4-2 on their seven-game road trip.