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DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies stumbled home this weekend after a 1-9 road trip. Adrian Wilson Cardinals Jersey . After sweeping one of the best teams in baseball, theyre feeling good again. Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead double in the seventh inning and the Rockies beat Pittsburgh 3-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep of the NL Central-leading Pirates. The Pirates came to Coors Field this weekend with a five-game winning streak. They hold a three-game edge over St. Louis, and visit the Cardinals for a three-game series starting Tuesday night. "We pack it up and we go," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. "You honestly self-evaluate and move on and get ready to play in St. Louis." Pedro Alvarez homered for the Pirates. The Rockies last swept a series April 16-18 against the Mets on their way to a 13-4 start. They have struggled the last two months to fall from the top of the NL West to out of the playoff race. They bottomed out with their worst road trip since 2007 but bounced back against the streaking Pirates. Rookie Chad Bettis held Pittsburgh in check to keep his team in the game, and Arenado delivered with two outs and the score tied at 2. "As quickly as it can go sour, youve got to believe you can turn it around quickly. Im proud of our guys," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. "We swept a series against one of the best teams in the game and one of the best pitching staffs." With two outs in the seventh, Wilin Rosario singled off reliever Bryan Morris (5-5). Arenado then doubled down the right-field line to score Rosario from first. "I was looking for cutter or slider middle-away. He threw me a first-pitch fastball in," Arenado said. "If he would have thrown it again I couldve been jammed or not swung. Luckily it was a cutter right over the plate and I was able to put a good swing on it." Matt Belisle pitched a perfect eighth before giving way to Rex Brothers, who worked a shaky ninth for his 10th save in 11 chances. Neil Walker singled to start the ninth and one out later Tony Sanchez doubled to right-centre to put runners on second and third. Weiss went to the mound for a strategy session before pinch-hitter Jordy Mercer stepped into the box. "He had a good look in his eye when I went out there," Weiss said of Brothers. "He wanted to go after Mercer." Brothers got Mercer on a soft liner to third, and after intentionally walking Gaby Sanchez to load the bases, Alex Presley popped out to third to end the game. Pittsburgh was swept in a series for the first time since June 3-5 at Atlanta. Alvarez showed no ill effects from taking a spike to his mitt from Dexter Fowler on Saturday. Alvarez hit the first pitch he saw from Bettis to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the second inning. It was his NL-leading 28th home run of the season. Andrew McCutchen drove in Clint Barmes with an infield single in the third to make it 2-0. The Rockies made it 2-1 in bottom of the inning when Charlie Blackmon scored on a sacrifice fly by DJ LeMahieu. They tied it in the sixth when Yorvit Torrealba scored on Alvarezs throwing error at third base. The error spoiled a solid outing and took a potential win away from Jeff Locke. The lefty allowed two runs -- one earned -- on three hits, struck out three and walked four in 5 2-3 innings. He left after Blackmons infield single that put runners at first and second with two outs. Locke was hoping to give his team a win heading into the series with the Cardinals, who will be looking for payback after losing four of five in Pittsburgh two weeks ago. "You just come into the off-day and everybody can relax and wash this one away," Locke said. "Theres a lot of anticipation coming into the Cardinals series. Everybodys excited, everybodys ready to go, so I know it will be a challenge. I dont assume its going to go the same way it went last time when they came to our place." Bettis had a better showing in his second career start, allowing just two runs on four hits and striking out three in six innings. The rookie dropped his ERA from 6.30 to 5.06 Sunday. He missed out on his first major league win. Manuel Corpas (2-2) pitched a clean seventh inning to get the victory. NOTES: Alvarezs home run was his first since July 29. ... Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer did not play due to illness. ... Pirates LF Starling Marte was not in the lineup after getting hit with a pitch and having a bruised left hand. He came in as a pinch-runner in the top of the ninth. ... With the Pirates off Monday, rookie RHP Gerrit Cole will have his next start pushed back to Friday against Arizona as the Pirates monitor his innings. ... Pirates RHP Charlie Morton (4-3) will start the opener of a three-game series against the Cardinals. ... Colorados Jhoulys Chacin (10-5) will start Mondays game against San Diego. Adrian Wilson Jersey . "That was a great lift for the staff," Padres manager Bud Black said. Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal homered, and Chase Headley drove in three runs, as the Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 11-1 on Friday night. Zach Allen Womens Jersey . -- Phil Mickelson came to the St.ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Terrance Knighton has experienced quite a growth spurt in Denver this season. Granted, that sounds outlandish for a 331-pound guy known as Pot Roast.However, hes a huge reason the Broncos (11-3) are more than just the Peyton Manning Show. Hes the fulcrum of Denvers fourth-rated defence thats second in the league against the run.Hes got a big presence, said defensive co-ordinator Jack Del Rio. Hes really matured as a football player. I had him when he was a youngster in Jacksonville and hes grown up a lot. Hes a dominant presence for us in the middle of our defence. And he does take on that role of leadership and take it seriously.The teams outspoken defensive captain recently proclaimed the Broncos will once again beat the Patriots in the playoffs even if its in Foxborough, where Denver hasnt won since 2006.After coach John Fox admonished him afterward, Knighton didnt back down from the promise he made in the jubilation of Denvers fourth straight divisional title last weekend.I feel like our defence right now is playing the best of any defence in the NFL, and we want to carry this team to a Super Bowl victory, Knighton said. I stand by what I said — I dont care who we play, where we play. Put the ball down and were going to come out with a victory.After coming up big for the Broncos in their Super Bowl run last season, the loquacious Knighton said he wanted a bigger leadership role this year and his teammates elected him a captain.So, it was no surprise when he pulled a Joe Namath.Yeah, he guaranteed it. And they won it. I mean, hes a little more in control of the game than I am, Knighton said. But I believe that when players make guarantees, you have to be at a certain level to say that. And when you have a top-5 offence and a top-5 defence, and me being one of the main reasons why we have a top defence, shoot, I felt like I had the floor and I could say it.His Super Bowl pledge quickly crawled across TV screens everywhere and created a stir on Twitter. Yeah, all Patriots ffans, about 500 to 600 comments from Patriots fans, he said. Pat Tillman Womens Jersey. Im pretty sure there are guys on this team who agree with me that wont say anything and probably dont want to get involved in being a headline or getting caught up in that, Knighton said. Peytons not that type of guy; he just goes out and plays. But Im a vocal guy. I speak my mind.Obviously, thats why you guys talk to me, but coach Del Rio always told me, since my rookie year, Youre a grown man. If you want to say something, put your name by it. And I put my name by it.Its that accountability and accessibility that earned Knighton the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award, presented annually by the Denver chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America.Obviously, theres been a lot of talk about me talking about winning other things but this just means a lot, Knighton said. A lot of my characteristics, my character, I get it from my mom, Rochelle Knighton. Ive got to say that. She always teaches me to be respectful and give more respect to the people that respect you.She also taught him never to back down from anyone he faces or anything he says.Its an overall consensus in the locker room. Guys might not say it but we all feel the same way, Super Bowl or bust, really, Knighton said. Mr. (John) Elway put together a team that he feels should win the Super Bowl. We dont want to let him down, and we dont want to let ourselves down.We dont want to come up short like we did last year and we want to improve and the only way to improve from last year is actually winning the title.Notes: WR Emmanuel Sanders was sent home during practice Saturday with flu-like symptoms. Hes listed as questionable for Monday nights game at Cincinnati. So is Manning, but both are expected to play. Aside from the season he missed because of spinal fusion surgery, Manning has never missed a start in his 17-year career. ... Manning is 13-4 on Monday nights and 10-2 on Thursday nights.___AP NFL website: and Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' '