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Newman, Reynolds lift Pirates to 11-4 drubbing of Rockies

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Kevin Newman and Bryan Reynolds stayed red hot Saturday night at Coors Field, combining for six hits and five RBIs in an 11-4 victory for the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Colorado Rockies.

For Reynolds, his three-hit night put his batting average at .332 — right in the hunt for the NL batting title. Newman, who entered the game with a .310 average, extended his road hitting streak to 14 games.

On Thursday night, Newman hit the second pitch of the game into the left-field stands. On Saturday, he didn’t even wait that long, sending the first pitch of the game from Colorado’s Tim Melville 426 feet into left-center field.

After Newman’s 10th homer of the season, Colin Moran’s sacrifice fly to right field scored Reynolds, who had singled and advanced to third on a Nolan Arenado throwing error.

Taking the mound for the Pirates (59-77) was Joe Musgrove, who threw six innings, struck out five and earned the win while allowing three runs.

Musgrove (9-12, 4.67 ERA) tossed 101 pitches and won his first game since July 30.

The Pirates added three more runs in the top of the second to take a 5-0 lead.

Adam Frazier and Jacob Stallings got on base with back-to-back singles. Newman, who again swung at the first pitch he saw, sent a hard grounder up the middle that grazed Melville’s leg.

Melville committed a throwing error, allowing Frazier to score from second.

With runners on the corners, Reynolds hit his 31st double, clearing the bases. Reynolds hit another RBI double in the seventh and is four away from setting a Pirates rookie record, held by Hall of Famer Paul Waner, who hit 35 in 1926.

Melville lasted only two innings, and Colorado’s next pitcher, righty reliever Wes Parsons, ran into similar trouble. In the top of the fourth, Josh Bell hit his 35th home run, a towering blast to the second deck in right field that traveled an estimated 452 feet.

Before the inning was over, Jose Osuna hit a solo shot to left, his 10th, and the Pirates took a 7-3 lead.

From there, Musgrove kept the Rockies’ bats at bay, exiting the sixth inning after dealing back-to-back strikeouts.

In the top of the seventh, the Pirates scored another three, taking a 10-3 lead via RBI doubles from Reynolds and pinch-hitter Pablo Reyes. Colorado’s third error of the night, this time on Jake McGee, accounted for the other run scored.

Michael Feliz pitched a flawless seventh, notching two strikeouts. Parker Markel took the mound for the eighth and ninth and although he let up a leadoff homer to Murphy in his first inning, he retired every other batter he faced.

Starling Marte, the only Pirates batter without a hit entering the ninth, joined the offensive party with an RBI single.

With 17 hits Saturday, 16 on Friday and 15 on Thursday, the Pirates have recorded 15-plus hits in three straight games for the first time since 1936.

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