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Bell stays sizzling, but teammates join in, too


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Gregory Polanco celebrates his first-inning home run Thursday at PNC Park - AP

The Pirates' hitters have consistently contended that their weak team-wide statistics did not match the talent level in the lineup.

Slowly but surely, the offense has been coming to life in the past couple of weeks. Thursday, the batting order finally erupted.

Josh Bell and Colin Moran both had three hits and the team totaled four home runs in a 14-6 victory against the Rockies at PNC Park. The Pirates (25-22) scored a season high in runs as they avoided being swept in the three-game series and had their largest margin of victory this season.

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