Bell's splash HR not enough; Rockies cruise past Pirates 9-3

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Bell's splash HR not enough; Rockies cruise past Pirates 9-3
Bell's splash HR not enough; Rockies cruise past Pirates 9-3

Another feat of strength from Josh Bell didn't do the Pittsburgh Pirates much good Wednesday night. For the second time in two weeks, the switch-hitting slugger homered into the Allegheny River on the fly. Before then, only three balls had splashed into the river without bouncing since PNC Park opened in 2001. The 454-foot drive with an exit velocity of 116 mph sent a buzz through the crowd, but netted just one run in the second inning of a 9-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies. It was reminiscent of May 8, when Bell hit a ball 472 feet into the water during a 9-6 loss to Texas. "I was selling out over there tonight," Bell said. "I figured (Rockies starter Jon Gray) would kind of attack that way.

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