The Pirates took out a month’s worth of offensive frustrations in one inning Sunday afternoon, scoring 10 runs in the seventh in an 11-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park.
The Pirates, who sent 14 batters to the plate, had nine hits in the inning and scored eight runs before the Rockies recorded their first out.
Nate McLouth and Delwyn Young each had two hits during the outburst, in which the Pirates turned a 4-1 deficit into an 11-4 laugher.
Freddy Sanchez’s RBI-double, a two-run single by McLouth and a two-run double by Andy LaRoche were among the highlights of the inning, which was the Pirates first 10-run inning since Aug. 20, 2003 at St. Louis.
Since 1900, the Pirates have scored more than 10 runs in an inning only twice, scoring 11 in 1992 and 1942.
McLouth, who hit his seventh home run in the third, finished 3-for-5 with four RBI. Zach Duke (5-3) allowed four runs on six hits in seven innings for the win. Alan Embree (1-2), one of three relievers who followed an effective start by Ubaldo Jimenez, took the loss.
By John Grupp