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Pirates beat the Rockies 9-3

Posted at 8:16 AM, Sep 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-22 10:16:26-04

Starling Marte homered among his four hits and came within a triple of the cycle, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 9-3 on Monday night.

Aramis Ramirez went deep and Jody Mercer had four hits for the Pirates, who reduced their magic number for clinching a postseason berth to two. A win Tuesday and a San Francisco loss would clinch at least a wild card for the third straight season.

Marte homered in Pittsburgh's two-run first, singled in the fourth and doubled off the top of the wall in the sixth. He led off the ninth with a single to center.

Mercer hit doubles in the second and fourth innings to drive in Francisco Cervelli, who had three hits, as the Pirates built a 5-0 lead on Jon Gray (0-2).