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Pittsburgh at Colorado

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Pittsburgh (46-66) «0140010107110
Colorado (62-51)010001100393

Pirates 7, Rockies 3

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DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies hoped to build on their successful series against the Chicago Cubs. Instead, the NL Wild Card leaders came out flat against the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ross Ohlendorf pitched solidly into the seventh inning, Andrew McCutchen stole three bases and scored three runs and the Pirates beat Colorado 7-3 on Tuesday night to end an eight-game losing streak.

The Rockies took three of four games from the Cubs, including consecutive 11-5 victories to end the series, but they couldn't build on that momentum against the Pirates. They walked nine batters and committed three errors in one of their sloppiest games of the season.

"For whatever reason there was no energy out there today, and if we're going to make the playoffs we better wake up and start playing again," second baseman Clint Barmes said.

Troy Tulowitzki, who had five hits, seven RBI and hit for the cycle Monday night, gave the team a jolt when he homered in his first at-bat Tuesday, and Carlos Gonzalez also homered for the Rockies.

Todd Helton tripled and singled to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.

Other than that, Ohldendorf (10-8) kept them at bay. The big right-hander gave up three runs on six hits, walked two and struck out three in six-plus innings.

"This was the best my fastball has been all year," he said. "I had good velocity and was still able to locate it well."

Jhoulys Chacin, making the first major league start, struggled with his command. Chacin (0-1) gave up one hit but allowed five runs and walked six in 2 2/3 innings.

"He was hyped up a little too much, he wanted to impress," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "That's completely understandable."

Chacin's control issues and sloppy fielding by Colorado allowed the Pirates to take the early lead. In the second inning, Ryan Doumit doubled, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch that rolled only a few feet from home plate.

After Tulowitzki's 22nd homer tied it 1-all in the bottom of the second, the Pirates pulled away in the third. McCutchen and Garrett Jones walked, and McCutchen scored on catcher Chris Iannetta's throwing error on a double steal. After Steve Pearce walked to put runners on the corners, Josh Fogg relieved Chacin and gave up a two-run triple to Delwyn Young.

"We took advantage of some things with our aggressiveness," Pirates manager John Russell said. "We've battled really hard only to lose some games late."

Young scored on Ronny Cedeno's single to center to make it 5-1.

In the sixth, McCutchen led off with a walk, stole second and scored on Lastings Milledge's double to right to make it 6-1.

McCutchen's three steals were a career high, and the Pirates stole a season-high five bases.

"I had more opportunities to run tonight," he said. "You have that chance when you are on base a lot. I was on base and got good jumps."

The Rockies cut the lead to 6-3 on Gonzalez's third home run of the season in the sixth and Seth Smith's RBI double in the seventh, but the Pirates got one back in the eighth when McCutchen scored on Jones' one-out double.

"It's the big leagues. It doesn't matter who we play, on any given day anything can happen," Barmes said. "I'm not going to take anything away from the Pirates, they played well and took advantage."

Notes

Helton, who has five consecutive multihit games, is one game shy of tying the longest hitting streak of his career, set June 15-July 2, 2003. ... Colorado's three errors ties a season high. ... An MRI on Rockies OF Dexter Fowler's left knee Tuesday revealed he has a bruise and did not damage the joint. Fowler left Monday's game after running into the center field wall in the ninth inning. Tracy said he should return to the lineup in a few days. ... Rockies LHP Jeff Francis, who had surgery in spring training to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder, threw 15 pitches off the mound Tuesday.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Gonzalez
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Pittsburgh

A. McCutchen
AB 3
R 3
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, CF3310311 .293
Lastings Milledge, LF5011002 .243
Garrett Jones, RF4121101 .297
Ryan Doumit, C4120102 .241
Steve Pearce, 1B4100115 .215
Delwyn Young, 2B5122014 .304
Andy LaRoche, 3B3010211 .257
Ronny Cedeno, SS3021100 .197
Ross Ohlendorf, P4000026 .065
    Jose Ascanio, P0000000 .000
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
   a- Brandon Moss, PH1000011 .243
    Evan Meek, P0000000 .000
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
Totals36711597  
a-struck out for J. Chavez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Andrew McCutchen (17, Beimel), Lastings Milledge (3, Fogg), Garrett Jones 2 (11, Fogg, Beimel), Ryan Doumit (10, Chacin), Andy LaRoche (20, Daley)
3B - Delwyn Young (1, Fogg)
SH - Ronny Cedeno (10)
RBI - Lastings Milledge (7), Garrett Jones (20), Delwyn Young 2 (32), Ronny Cedeno (25)
2-OUT RBI - Delwyn Young 2 (16), Ronny Cedeno (14)
SB - Andrew McCutchen 3 (12, off Chacin/Iannetta, 2nd base off Fogg/Iannetta, 3rd base off Beimel/Iannetta), Garrett Jones (6, 3rd base off Chacin/Iannetta), Ryan Doumit (2, 2nd base off Beimel/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 12
Pittsburgh Pirates
Ross Ohlendorf (W,10-8) 6633232 4.30
Jose Ascanio 0.2100010 4.00
Jesse Chavez (H,8) 1.1200010 3.88
Evan Meek 0.1000000 3.45
Joel Hanrahan 0.2000000 6.32
Pitches-Strikes - Ross Ohlendorf 109-62, Jose Ascanio 13-6, Jesse Chavez 27-17, Evan Meek 4-3, Joel Hanrahan 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Ohlendorf 9-5, Jesse Chavez 1-2, Joel Hanrahan 1-1
Batters Faced - Ross Ohlendorf 25, Jose Ascanio 3, Jesse Chavez 6, Evan Meek 1, Joel Hanrahan 2
Colorado Rockies
Seth Smith, LF5021001 .298
Carlos Gonzalez, CF3111002 .285
Todd Helton, 1B4020010 .329
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4111002 .275
Brad Hawpe, RF3000111 .309
Ian Stewart, 3B4010002 .229
Clint Barmes, 2B3100112 .244
Chris Iannetta, C4020011 .229
Jhoulys Chacin, P0000000 .000
    Josh Fogg, P1000011 .143
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1000001 .248
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
   b- Garrett Atkins, PH1000000 .222
Totals3339325  
a-flied out for Fogg in the 7th
b-fouled out for Daley in the 9th
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (11, Ascanio)
3B - Todd Helton (3, Ohlendorf)
HR - Carlos Gonzalez (3, Ohlendorf), Troy Tulowitzki (22, Ohlendorf)
SH - Carlos Gonzalez (3), Josh Fogg (2)
RBI - Seth Smith (31), Carlos Gonzalez (9), Troy Tulowitzki (61)
2-OUT RBI - Seth Smith (9)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Helton
E - Josh Fogg (1, Throwing), Brad Hawpe (3, Misplayed grounder), Chris Iannetta (4, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Jhoulys Chacin (L,0-1) 2.2144610 5.87
Josh Fogg 4.1622340 2.43
Joe Beimel 1311000 3.48
Matt Daley 1100020 2.97
IBB - Doumit by Josh Fogg
WP - Jhoulys Chacin (2), Josh Fogg (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jhoulys Chacin 71-36, Josh Fogg 68-40, Joe Beimel 23-16, Matt Daley 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jhoulys Chacin 3-3, Josh Fogg 5-4, Joe Beimel 1-2, Matt Daley 1-0
Batters Faced - Jhoulys Chacin 14, Josh Fogg 22, Joe Beimel 6, Matt Daley 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35212
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Jerry Layne