PITTSBURGH (AP) -The
didn't panic when they fell behind early to the
for the second straight game.
''This team never gives up,''
said. ''We're going to work hard the whole way.''
The second baseman had three hits, three RBIs and finished a home run short of the cycle, as the Pirates rallied again to
beat the Rockies 6-4 Tuesday night.
Pittsburgh, which fell behind 3-0 to Colorado on Monday before winning 8-4, came back from a 4-0 deficit in the third inning.
Rivas, starting in place of injured second baseman
, lead the rally. He had a RBI single in the third and added a two-run triple in the fifth against Colorado starter
''When Luis is called upon to start, he has had some big games,'' Pittsburgh manager
said. ''He did a great job tonight.''
Rivas, who also doubled in the first, came to bat in the seventh with a chance for the cycle. He hit into a force out and
later scored, but admitted he was thinking about the feat.
''A little bit,'' he said. ''I was just trying to put the ball in play and whatever happened, happened.''
Down 4-3, the Pirates went ahead by scoring two runs against reliever
(3-4) in the sixth. An error by Rockies center fielder
led to a run, and
hit a sacrifice fly to bring home
with the go-ahead run.
Herges, who blew his fifth save, allowed two runs, two hits and walked a batter in one inning. The right-hander has struggled
in July. In nine outings, he has allowed 12 earned runs in 10 1-3 innings.
Herges blamed his command.
''That's exactly what it is,'' he said. ''When the ball gets up, it gets hit. They're a good-hitting team, but you can still
get them out when you execute your pitches. Tonight, I didn't.''
, who had two hits, added an RBI in the seventh for the final margin.
had two hits and scored two runs for Pittsburgh. One night after hitting a mammoth home run into the Allegheny River, the
outfielder made an outstanding defensive play in the third, leaping at the warning track to catch a fly ball hit by
McLouth is making a case for his first Gold Glove. He hasn't committed an error this season.
''He's done a great job,'' Russell said. ''He's worked awfully hard.''
was impressed by McLouth, whom he managed in the All-Star Game.
''McLouth's a player,'' he said. ''He plays big. That catch he made tonight, there's not many players in the game that make
that catch. He hit a ball in the river (Monday) night. He Mickey Mantled us. I've seen enough.''
(1-0), making his first appearance since being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday, pitched a scoreless sixth inning
earned his first save of the season.
is currently on the disabled list with bursitis in his right shoulder, and Yates said he would happy to fill the ninth-inning
role. He retired the side Tuesday night.
''The ninth inning is the hardest to pitch for a reliever,'' said Yates, who has four career saves. ''It gets me pumped up.
My heart is still racing right now. I kind of like it.''
Yates is the only player still on Pittsburgh's roster who has earned a save since Capps' injury. Russell said Yates was his
team's best choice Tuesday, on a night when he used five relievers.
''Tyler was the freshest guy,'' Russell said. ''It was a good situation for us.''
had three hits and two runs, and
had two hits and two RBIs for the Rockies.
Colorado had late-inning chances, but left two runners on base in the sixth and seventh.
''We didn't execute well enough to win tonight,'' Hurdle said. ''That's what we leave with tonight, and we get ready for tomorrow's
allowed four runs on six hits and four walks in five-plus innings and struck out one. He got his first major-league hit when
he singled and later scored in the fifth.
Rusch allowed three runs on six hits. The left-hander had won his first three starts since joining the Colorado rotation in
Notes: Taveras stole his major-league leading 47th base in the first innning. He is closing in on team record of 53, set by
in 1996. ... Colorado scored three runs in the first inning. The Rockies have outscored the Pirates 12-4 in the first inning
in six games this season. ... Pittsburgh popped out four times to Colorado catcher