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Rockies break out bats for Marquis, make him a 13-game winner

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DENVER -- Jim Tracy thinks his middle infielders have few equals offensively or defensively, and Troy Tulowitzki and Clint Barmes backed up their manager's words.

Jason Marquis allowed three hits over seven innings, Tulowitzki and Barmes homered and the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-1 on Thursday.

Dexter Fowler had four hits -- three of them doubles -- and scored three runs, and Barmes finished with three hits and three RBI for the Rockies, who won the final two games of the three-game series.

Tulowitzki, who replaced Barmes as the starting shortstop two years ago, has 23 home runs, one short of his rookie season total. Barmes has a career-high 17 home runs.

"That's 40 home runs for the middle infield, and oh-by-the-way gold-glove defense," Tracy said. "I think the only other tandem you can speak of in that vein would be the two guys that play over in Philadelphia. We have something special going on."

Tulowitzki, who has 18 homers since June 8, doesn't worry about the Rockies' defense being compared to other teams.

"What I know and what I'm happy with is we both care about defense and we're going to play the game the right way," he said. "Let everybody else decide if we're the best defensive duo."

Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley have one thing their counterparts in Colorado want -- the World Series title the Phillies won last year. Barmes thinks this Rockies team, which leads the NL wild-card race by 1½ games over San Francisco, can get back to the postseason.

"Hopefully this continues and keep playing into October," he said. "That's the No. 1 goal."

The Rockies' pitching staff will have a lot to do with that.

Marquis (13-8) showed the form that earned him an All-Star selection this year by becoming the third pitcher in the National League to reach 13 wins. He had been 0-2 in his previous three starts, but gave up one run and struck out six with three walks Thursday.

"It's nice any time whether it's one, two, three or four, whatever number it is," Marquis said of his 13 wins. "I'm glad I got back on track. I still have work to do."

The right-hander got support early from his offense. Fowler led off the first with a double, moved to third on Barmes' single and scored on Todd Helton's double-play groundout. Tulowitzki followed with his 23rd homer of the season to make it 2-0.

The Rockies made it 3-0 when Fowler doubled in the third and scored on Barmes' single.

"To get some early runs, it made it a little easier," Marquis said.

The Pirates cut it to 3-1 on Andrew McCutchen's sacrifice fly in the fifth, but couldn't mount any more offense against Marquis. He ended his outing by getting catcher Jason Jaramillo to hit into an inning-ending double play on his 106th pitch.

"He pitched a good game, but when you get three hits you're not going to beat too many clubs," Pirates manager John Russell said.

The Rockies added another run in the sixth when Tulowitzki reached on a two-base error and came home on Garrett Atkins' single up the middle to make it 4-1.

Pittsburgh starter Paul Maholm (6-7) settled down in the middle innings before the Rockies put it away in the seventh. Ian Stewart, who led off with a double, scored when Jaramillo tried to pick off Fowler at first. Fowler went to third on the play and scored on Barmes' two-run homer, his 17th of the year.

Maholm allowed seven runs on 11 hits and struck out five in 6 1/3 innings.

"It's seemed every mistake was over the middle and they took advantage of it," Maholm said. "In the middle innings I felt a lot better. I was putting the ball where I wanted to and I was getting my breaking ball over for strikes."

The Rockies scored three more in the eighth on a two-run double by Carlos Gonzalez and a sacrifice fly by Stewart.

Notes

  • Fowler returned to the lineup after missing two games with a bruised left knee. Fowler injured the knee running into the center field wall making a catch in the ninth inning against the Cubs on Monday.
  • Pittsburgh's Steve Pearce has reached base safely in nine consecutive games.
  • The Pirates have not won a road series since taking three of four games from Washington on May 18-21.
 
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Jason Marquis allows three hits in seven innings to move within two wins of his career high.  (Getty Images)
Jason Marquis allows three hits in seven innings to move within two wins of his career high. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Barmes
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Colorado

J. Marquis
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 3
K 6
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, CF2001110 .287
Andy LaRoche, 3B4000002 .253
Delwyn Young, 2B3000100 .299
Garrett Jones, RF4000041 .288
Steve Pearce, 1B4010001 .217
Brandon Moss, LF3000022 .245
Ronny Cedeno, SS2110101 .197
Jason Jaramillo, C3010001 .252
Paul Maholm, P2000011 .067
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
   a- Ramon Vazquez, PH1000010 .250
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
    Steven Jackson, P0000000 .000
Totals2813139  
a-struck out for Hanrahan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jason Jaramillo (12, Marquis)
SF - Andrew McCutchen (2)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen (33)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Young-Cedeno-Pearce
E - Jason Jaramillo (3, Throwing), Andy LaRoche (12, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm (L,6-7) 6.11176052 4.93
Joel Hanrahan 0.2000010 6.23
Matt Capps 0.2433000 6.57
Steven Jackson 0.1000000 4.30
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 118-79, Joel Hanrahan 10-7, Matt Capps 17-12, Steven Jackson 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 7-6
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 29, Joel Hanrahan 2, Matt Capps 6, Steven Jackson 1
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF5340000 .271
Clint Barmes, 2B5133001 .253
Todd Helton, 1B4000000 .323
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4211010 .277
Garrett Atkins, 3B3021010 .227
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   a- Seth Smith, PH1000000 .295
    Adam Eaton, P0000000 .000
Ryan Spilborghs, RF4110012 .251
Yorvit Torrealba, C4120022 .253
Carlos Gonzalez, LF4112012 .281
Jason Marquis, P2000001 .191
   b- Ian Stewart, PH-3B1111000 .234
Totals371015806  
a-flied out for Betancourt in the 8th
b-doubled for Marquis in the 7th
Batting
2B - Dexter Fowler 3 (27, Maholm, Maholm, Capps), Ryan Spilborghs (19, Capps), Carlos Gonzalez (9, Capps), Ian Stewart (17, Maholm)
HR - Clint Barmes (17, Maholm), Troy Tulowitzki (23, Maholm)
SF - Ian Stewart (3)
RBI - Clint Barmes 3 (60), Troy Tulowitzki (62), Garrett Atkins (36), Carlos Gonzalez 2 (13), Ian Stewart (54)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (13)
CS - Clint Barmes (7, 2nd base by Maholm/Jaramillo)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Atkins-Helton, Barmes-Tulowitzki-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Jason Marquis (W,13-8) 7311360 3.55
Rafael Betancourt 1000020 2.84
Adam Eaton 1000010 8.36
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 106-66, Rafael Betancourt 15-11, Adam Eaton 13-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 7-7, Rafael Betancourt 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 26, Rafael Betancourt 3, Adam Eaton 3
Game Information
Attendance - 27619
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Chris Guccione