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MLB: Pittsburgh 9, Colorado 6

July 18, 2012 at 7:06 PM

DENVER, July 18 (UPI) -- Garrett Jones went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer Wednesday, one of four long balls launched by the Pittsburgh Pirates in their 9-6 win over Colorado.

After spotting the Rockies an early 5-1 lead, the Pirates took the lead for good with five runs in the third, highlighted by Jones' blast.

Casey McGehee connected for a two-run clout while Pedro Alvarez and Rod Barajas added solo shots for the Pirates, who took the rubber match of the three-game series.

James McDonald (10-3) turned in his sixth straight start without a loss despite getting tagged for six runs on nine hits over five frames.

Brad Lincoln, Jason Grilli and Tony Watson teamed up on three innings of shutout relief and Joel Hanrahan picked up his 26th save for Pittsburgh, which entered the contest a game behind National League Central-leading Cincinnati.

Rockies reliever Matt Reynolds (3-1) absorbed the loss.

Andrew Brown went 3-for-5 with a pair of run-scoring singles while Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler homered for Colorado.

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