Nick Hundley

McCutchen hits 3 homers, Pirates beat Rockies 9-4

On his rare off day, Andrew McCutchen cleared his mind and forgot all about his struggles at the plate.

Just like that, McCutchen became the fearsome McCutchen again.

The slumping outfielder hit three homers in his return to the lineup and drove in five runs to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 9-4 on Tuesday night.

Given this kind of success, more rest days for McCutchen may just be in order — not that he necessarily wants to sit on the bench like he did Monday.

"But it was good to have that day to sit back and relax. Just clear my mind," McCutchen said.

This was the second time McCutchen has gone deep on three...