Rockies 13, Pirates 6

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DENVER—Preston Wilson has put last year’s subpar season behind him in a big way.

Wilson homered and drove in three runs to give him a major league-leading 112 RBIs as the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-6 on Friday night.

“It’s been a good year to come back and do some of the things that I’ve been doing before the last year,” said Wilson, who is within 10 RBIs and three homers of setting career marks in each.

Wilson hit .243 with 23 homers and 65 RBIs last season with Florida.

“You can’t get too emotional with it because you’ll wear yourself out mentally,” Wilson said.

Tony Womack had three hits and two RBIs, and Todd Helton went 3-for-5 with an RBI as the Rockies won their third straight and moved within 4 1/2 games of the NL wild-card spot.

“Wilson gave us some length with the three-run homer,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “He’s got about 112 RBIs now. That’s mind-boggling at times if you look at it that he continues to find ways.”

Jose Jimenez (1-6) pitched four innings of relief and gave up two runs and four hits in the game that was delayed 2 hours and 4 minutes because of rain and hail at the end of the first inning. Neither starter returned after the delay.

Randall Simon hit his ninth homer and drove in four runs for the Pirates, who lost for the fourth time in six games. Pat Mahomes (0-1) allowed five runs in four innings.

“The delay certainly didn’t turn out good for us,” Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McLendon said. “In this ballpark, you have to catch the ball, execute on defense and we didn’t do that tonight.”

The Pirates committed three errors that were turned into two unearned runs.

Reggie Sanders had an RBI single and Simon hit a three-run homer in the Pirates’ four-run first inning against Jason Jennings.

Colorado came right back and tied it at 4 in the bottom of the inning against Brian Meadows on Helton’s RBI single, Larry Walker’s two-run single and Chris Stynes’ run-scoring groundout.

Following the long rain delay, the Rockies took a 6-4 lead on Ronnie Belliard’s two-run single.

Wilson made it 9-4 with a three-run homer—his 29th—off Mahomes in the fourth.

“When it left the bat, I knew it was gone,” Wilson said. “Some you do, some you’re not quite sure. But that one I had a pretty good idea was going.”

Pittsburgh scored twice in the fifth on groundouts by Simon and Jose Hernandez off Jimenez to get within 9-6.

But the Rockies added three runs in the seventh on pinch-hitter Greg Norton’s RBI double and Womack’s two-run single through a drawn in infield off Brian Boehringer.

Jay Payton added a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the eighth to cap thescoring.

Notes

The Pirates purchased the contract of Mahomes from Triple-A Nashville before the game and placed RHP Salomon Torres on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring. … Pirates RHP Kris Benson was transferred to the 60-day DL. Benson has been on the DL with irritation in his right shoulder. … Walker collected his 500th RBI at Coors Field. … Hall of Famer Ernie Banks threw outthe first pitch. … Colorado played its 800th game as a franchise.

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