DENVER (Ticker) -- Oliver Perez was just about the only member
of the Pittsburgh Pirates who did not have a successful night at
the plate against the Colorado Rockies.
Hitless in five at-bats, Perez pitched a seven-hitter and
benefited from a 21-hit assault as the Pirates routed the
Rockies, 11-2, to earn a split of the first traditional
doubleheader in Coors Field history.
Jack Wilson rapped four hits and Bobby Hill, Craig Wilson, Rob
Mackowiak, Daryle Ward and Humberto Cota added three apiece for
the Pirates, who took the rubber game of the three-game series
after dropping the opener of the doubleheader, 7-5.
Perez (3-1) struck out seven and walked one as he recorded his
second complete game of the season, tying Cincinnati's Cory
Lidle for the league lead.
The Pirates had a 3-2 lead before scoring four runs off reliever
Turk Wendell in the sixth inning. Jack Wilson led off with a
triple and scored on Hill's single. After Craig Wilson walked,
Mackowiak rapped a two-run triple to right field and scored on a
wild pitch to make it 7-2.
Rockies starter Jason Jennings (2-5) allowed three runs and 10
hits in five innings as he again failed to record his first home
win of the season. Last year, he was 8-1 at Coors Field.