PITTSBURGH  Andrew McCutchen homered three times and drove in a career-high six runs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Washington Nationals their fourth straight loss, 11-6 on Saturday night.

McCutchen, a rookie, doubled his home run total by hitting three shots to left – one just inside the foul pole to lead off the first, one with Brandon Moss aboard in the fourth and another Moss and Ramon Vazquez on to give Pittsburgh an 11-4 lead in the sixth.

With a chance at a record-tying fourth homer in the eighth, McCutchen grounded into a double play. He singled and scored on Lastings Milledge’s two-run double in the third. He finished 4 for 5 with four runs scored.

Rockies 6, Reds 2

CINCINNATI (AP) – Ubaldo Jimenez turned in his longest outing in more than a month and Sean Smith homered to help the Colorado Rockies send the Cincinnati Reds to their fifth consecutive loss with a 6-2 win on Saturday night.

Ian Stewart added a two-run single as Colorado won its third consecutive game following a three-game losing streak.

After allowing a run in each of his first two innings, Jimenez (8-9) settled down and strung together six shutout innings before turning the game over to the Rockies bullpen. The right-hander finished with five hits and two runs with eight strikeouts.

The stint was Jimenez’s longest since he threw his only complete game of the season in a 6-4 win over Seattle on June 12. He hadn’t gone more than seven innings in any of his next eight starts.

Left-hander Joe Beimel, acquired from Washington just before Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline, pitched the ninth for Colorado.

Reds third baseman Scott Rolen went 0-for-4 in his first game with Cincinnati after being acquired Friday in a trade with Toronto.

Cincinnati took a 1-0 lead on Joey Votto’s RBI groundout. Jonny Gomes made it 2-0 with a solo home run to left field, his 11th of the season.

Colorado wiped that out with a three-run fourth. Stewart drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single, snapping a 0-for-12 slump, and Carlos Gonzalez gave the Rockies a 3-2 lead with a sacrifice fly.

Smith hit a solo home run to right with one out in the fifth, his ninth homer of the season and first since July 16 at San Diego. Colorado added a run in the sixth when Brad Hawpe led off with a single and scored all the way from first on Troy Tulowitzki’s line drive on a hit-and run that sailed through the spot just vacated by the second baseman Brandon Phillips.

That was the last hit allowed by Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey (2-3), who gave up five runs in 5 1-3 innings.

Colorado added a run on Clint Barmes’ sacrifice fly off of Carlos Fisher in the ninth.

Cardinals 3, Astros 1

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Matt Holliday hit two solo homers, Chris Carpenter tossed an eight-hitter for his second complete game of the season and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Houston Astros 3-1 on Saturday night.

Holliday connected on the first pitch for each of his homers, hitting a drive to right off Wandy Rodriguez in the second and a shot to center against Jose Valverde in the eighth. He also singled in the fourth and is hitting .606 with 10 RBIs in nine games since he was acquired from Oakland on July 24.

Carpenter (10-3), who has won five consecutive decisions, struck out five and walked none in his first complete game since a 3-1 victory against Cincinnati on June 4. He allowed only one runner past first after Carlos Lee’s fourth-inning homer tied it at 1.

Carpenter also doubled and scored the go-ahead run on Julio Lugo’s sacrifice fly off Jeff Fulchino (4-4) in the seventh. Carpenter moved up on Humberto Quintero’s passed ball before Lugo’s deep fly to center.

Rodriguez left in the fifth with a strained right hamstring. Trainer Nathan Lucero tended to the left-hander in the top of the inning after he reached on a fielder’s choice. After a short talk with Lucero and manager Cecil Cooper, Rodriguez stayed in the game and was forced out at second when Michael Bourn hit a bouncer to shortstop.

Rodriguez, who has won a personal-best five consecutive decisions, didn’t come out for the bottom of the inning. He gave up one run and three hits.


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