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August 10, 2013

Rosario’s 4 RBIs help Rockies end skid

DENVER —

The struggling Colorado Rockies followed up a pregame meeting with their best offensive showing in months, and Wilin Rosario believes it was no coincidence.
Rosario doubled and homered to drive in four runs, leading a Colorado offense that batted around in the first and second innings, and the Rockies snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-1 on Friday night.
Manager Walt Weiss had called the meeting to discuss the club’s play on the heels of a 1-9 road trip.
“It was a wake-up call,” Rosario said. “But he didn’t let us keep our heads down. Everybody was focused and ready to go. That was good, to show as a team that we can come back and play well.”
Weiss said his players deserve the credit, not him.
“We got kicked around the last 10 days and had to come out and face a team with the best record in the league, and go against one of the best pitchers in the league and the guys fought,” Weiss said. “I don’t think it has anything to do with me. The guys went out there and competed. I’m proud of them.”
Colorado scored double digits for the first time since also putting up 10 runs in a victory over Philadelphia two months ago.
Francisco Liriano (12-5) bore the brunt of the Rockies’ outburst in his first appearance at hitter-friendly Coors Field, allowing a career-high 10 runs on 12 hits in 2 1-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.
“I was missing my spots a lot,” Liriano said. “The slider wasn’t sharp tonight either. Got behind in the count a lot. One of those days. Nothing was moving, nothing was sinking. I couldn’t get anything going.”
With the game out of reach, Pirates infielder Josh Harrison was summoned by manager Clint Hurdle to relieve Jared Hughes and got pinch-hitter Corey Dickerson to fly out to left to close out the eighth.

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