DENVER (AP) -
's struggles at the plate forced him to go back to the basics. It paid of handsomely Saturday night.
Podsednik had three doubles among his four hits and two runs scored, and
Jorge De La Rosa
pitched six gritty innings to give the
a 7-1 win over the
Podsednik, a career .272 hitter, came into Saturday's game hitting .217. After a session with hitting coach
, he showed immediate improvement.
''Ace and I did some work in the cage a couple of days ago,'' said Podsednik, who boosted his average to .240. ''Since then,
I've had a real good feeling at the plate.''
It translated into the eighth four-hit game of his career, and his three doubles were a career best. Podsednik's last four-hit
game came May 1, 2006, at Cleveland when he was playing for the
Chicago White Sox
Podsednik singled in the first and double in his next three at-bats. He had a chance for a career-high five hits when he batted
in the ninth, but he grounded out to second and had to settle for four hits.
''I'll take a few more of those this season,'' Podsednik said.
Podsednik's big night helped the Rockies to their third straight win over Pittsburgh in the four-game series.
had three hits for the Pirates, who have dropped four straight and five of six.
''There is no magic button, there's nothing you can say or do, you just have to go out and do it,'' Sanchez said of the losing
streak. ''You have to keep battling. That's what we're trying to do right now.''
The Rockies, despite being 42-57, are only seven games behind Arizona in the National League West.
''It's only three games. This pendulum swings big both ways,'' Rockies manager
said. ''We've got to focus on the game tomorrow. We won the series; that was objective No. 1. We're in a good place.''
It looked dicey early but De La Rosa (4-5) got through a rough first inning to strike out seven. He gave up a run in the first
and faced seven batters but settled down, scattering four hits over his last five innings of work.
''He pitched a good, efficient ballgame for him,'' Hurdle said. ''A problematic first inning, but he was able to navigate
through it with one run, which was big for us at the time.''
(0-1) had a tougher time, leaving after retiring two batters in the second. Herrera, making his second major league start,
was roughed up for five runs in the first inning and two more in the second. He left after Garret Atkins singled home Podsednik
drove in Atkins with a double to make it 7-1.
''He got behind the 8-ball quick and just couldn't stop it,'' Pirates manager
said. ''He got behind in the count and he had to start throwing the ball over the plate.''
In the first, Herrera nearly escaped with only minor damage. After surrendering a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to Atkins, Hawpe
grounded into a fielder's choice. With runners on the corners and two outs,
doubled to make it 5-1.
The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the first on
Notes: Pirates OF
rejoined the team Saturday. Nady was away due to the birth of his son Tuesday, Xavier Henry Nady. Nady got a pinch-hit single
with two outs in the ninth. ... The Rockies acquired minor league INF Mike McCoy from the
on Saturday in exchange for minor league INF
. ... Hurdle said SS
(lacerated right hand) could be activated from the 15-day DL Monday.