DENVER (AP) -The
to be their catcher of the future in 2007.
A year later, he's living up to that promise.
Iannetta hit a broken-bat, two-run homer in the sixth and drove in three runs and
pitched seven innings to lead help the Rockies snap a four-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the
on Thursday night.
Iannetta was the Rockies' opening-day catcher last year before losing the job to
. He didn't play during Colorado's run to the World Series, but he has emerged as the starter this season.
''I didn't feel like myself and I couldn't explain why,'' said Iannetta, who hit just .218 last year and spent time in Triple-A.
''I'd swing at balls that I would normally would hit well and swing right through it. This year I'm getting the same pitches
and I'm able to barrel them up.''
This year he's hitting .281 and feeling confident. He's also showing more power. His sixth-inning home run broke a 3-all tie,
and it came off of a bat Iannetta said he cracked in his previous at-bat.
''I think the bat was already broken. Maple bats, you can't always tell,'' he said. ''I hit it good. I was a little surprised
the bat broke.''
So was Pirates starter
''I don't know what to say,'' said Maholm, who struck out seven and didn't walk a batter. ''I throw a first-pitch changeup
away, he breaks his bat and he hits it 10 rows deep. There's nothing I can do about that.''
Until the sixth inning, Maholm (6-6) was on his way to his fifth straight victory. But he surrendered a 3-2 lead on doubles
, and one pitch later Iannetta homered to left.
''I made some bad pitches,'' said Maholm, who lost for the first time since dropping a 7-2 decision to Milwaukee on May 20.
''You want to get a guy to snap his bat. Usually when you get a guy out in front of a pitch and he breaks his bat, the ball
stays in the park.''
That was enough for Jimenez, who struggled early in the game but settled down. Jimenez (5-9) threw 70 pitches through the
first three innings and then retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced on 39 pitches. The only batter to reach after the
third inning was wiped out in an inning-ending double play in the sixth.
''I was able to pitch inside to hitters,'' said Jimenez, who had four strikeouts and two walks.
His roughest inning was the third. With two outs,
scored on a wild pitch, and after
walked to put runners on first and second,
doubled to the gap in right-center field to score Bay and
and make it 3-0.
''In the third you saw two walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch,'' Rockies manager
said. ''It's a good sign he was able to recover.''
The Pirates had two baserunners after the third inning, and
struck out the side in the ninth for his 15th save this season and 100th of his career.
''You've got to be good to get 100,'' Hurdle said. ''They don't hand them out.''
The Rockies got two runs back in the third when
led off with a single and scored on Baker's double to right. Two outs later, Iannetta singled up the middle to drive in Baker
and make it 3-2.
Notes: The Pirates recalled RHP
from Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday. ... Rockies RHP
could be activated from the DL on Monday. Wells, out since April 29 for surgery to remove a blood clot from his pitching hand,
went 6 2-3 innings in a rehab assignment Wednesday at Double-A Tulsa. ... Baker had two doubles and two runs scored.