Coming off four straight one-run losses, the Rockies jumped on Pirates starter Jeff D'Amico for five runs and six hits in the top of the first. The big inning was highlighted by Payton's three-run blast that made it 4-0.
The Rockies scored single runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings and had an 8-3 lead before an 85-minute rain delay. After play resumed, Payton capped a four-run sixth with his 15th homer.
"I think it was a game of conviction," Colorado manager
said. "The guys were frustrated. They wanted to do something about what was happening. The only way to do something about it is to go out and go put something on the field. After the four losses, I'm glad for how they responded."
Before recording his second career multi-homer game, Payton had not homered in 85 at-bats. His previous career high was five RBI and he just missed a third home run when his run-scoring double in the seventh bounced over the left field wall.
The Rockies set a team record for hits in a road game and matched the club mark for hits set on May 3, 2000 against Montreal.
added four hits apiece and
had three as Colorado tied a team record with 11 extra-base hits. It scored 16 runs for the first time since an 18-3 rout of Oakland on July 18, 2000.
(10-6) benefited from the offensive support and got the win, allowing three runs and seven hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out two.
D'Amico (6-11) lasted five innings and was ripped for eight runs and 12 hits. It was his worst outing of the season and his third straight loss.
The righthander gave up an RBI double to Heltonbefore Payton lined a 1-2 pitch over the right-center field wall.
followed with an RBI double in his first major league at-bat.
"The last time out, I thought I struggled a bit," D'Amico said. "Today, I felt good. Everything I threw seemed to be a rocket somewhere. I guess I left a lot of pitches up. They certainly took advantage."
Payton is a native of Zanesville, Ohio, two hours west of Pittsburgh. His family made the trip to Cincinnati and also was in attendance for the weekend series at PNC Park.
After watching him hit into a controversial game-ending double play in Saturday's 1-0 loss, the relatives saw Payton homer twice for the first time since May 3, 2002, when he played for the
New York Mets
Payton had his ninth three-hit game of the season to raise his average to .309. He fell one shy of the team record for RBI in a game, shared by
"I really feel good about getting the win for the team," Payton said. "I got some pitches to hit and I caught up with him today. After the way I played, the family probably thinks they should come to all my games."
Payton also contributed defensively, taking away a potential extra-base hit from
in the bottom of the first. With two runners aboard, Giles hit a drive just in front of the warning track in left-center field, where Payton made a running catch.
"I didn't think I had a chance," he said. "I just put my glove up and snatched it out of the air."
"I'm pleased with Payton's play," Hurdle said. "It's big to get seven RBI. He really contributed when he got to Giles' ball. It was a big play for us."
Uribe had a solo shot in the second, Wilson added a run-scoring double in the fourth and
hit his seventh homer in the fifth.
Oliver became Colorado's third 10-game winner. He surrendered RBI doubles to
and won for the seventh time in eight decisions.
worked four innings, allowing one run and four hits, for his 20th save and first since June 28 - also at Pittsburgh.
The Pirates allowed 16 runs for the second time this season and suffered their most lopsided home loss of the year.
"I'm not in a very good mood," Pittsburgh manager
said. "These games are easy to forget. Most of our pitchers today never really found a groove."