Andrew McCutchen homers again in 6-2 win

Final: Pirates 6, Rockies 2

WP: Erik Bedard (5-10, 4.55 ERA)

LP: Christian Friedrich (5-7, 5.85 ERA)

SV: Joel Hanrahan (25, 2.29 ERA)

The Pirates got a much-needed quality outing from Erik Bedard and the two hot bats, Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker kept it going as the Pirates bounced back from dropping two straight.

Bedard ended up pitching 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs (one earned). He struck out four and walked four.

McCutchen homered in the fourth inning with an absolute behemoth home run that traveled 442 feet over the stands in left field.

The Bucs put up a four-spot in the fifth inning thanks to back-to-back walks to lead off the inning, followed by four singles and a wild pitch.

They added one more in the eighth on an RBI double by Michael McKenry for some insurance and that was plenty enough, despite Juan Cruz and Joel Hanrahan making things a little interesting in the ninth inning with three walks combined between the two.

Andrew McCutchen’s OPS is up to 1.083, the highest in the majors. McCutchen also is 1st in the NL in hitting, 2nd in HR, and 2nd in RBI. He’s a legitimate Triple Crown contender at this point.

Neil Walker went 2 for 3 with two walks. He is now hitting .302/.370/.430. He leads all NL second basemen in average and on-base percentage.