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Pittsburgh at Colorado

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Pittsburgh (36-64) «0140000106111
Colorado (51-50)1000010002100

Pirates 6, Rockies 2

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DENVER -- Hit in the head by a line drive, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ross Ohlendorf considered himself fortunate.

Ohlendorf left after being struck on the right side of the face by Troy Tulowitzki's line drive in the first inning Wednesday night. The bruised starter was checked at a hospital and returned to Coors Field before the Pirates sent the Colorado Rockies to their eighth consecutive loss, 6-2.

"I guess I got lucky," Ohlendorf said. "I threw a fastball away, and he hit it real hard. It's kind of funny. Last year he hit a ball hard back at me, but it bounced once. It kind of knocked the wind out of me.

"First reaction was just surprise and then upset a little bit, because I knew they were probably going to want to take me out," he said.

Ohlendorf said he had never been in the head with a batted ball and said he might have been able to continue. He was left with a bad contusion and an abrasion.

"I felt if they gave me a minute to regroup, I probably could have," he said. "But I think it's best that I didn't. They probably should have run tests like they did."

A CT scan was negative.

Ohlendorf managed to stay on his feet after being hit. The ball ricocheted into right field for an RBI single.

A concerned Tulowitzki squatted at first base as Russell and the Pirates gathered around Ohlendorf. The pitcher said he was told that Tulowitzki asked for his phone number.

To Pirates manager John Russell, it was an easy decision to pull Ohlendorf.

"You could tell he was dazed a little bit," Russell said. "He said he wanted to stay in, but with something like that, you can't taken any chances."

Russell turned to his bullpen for the final 25 outs of the game and Garrett Jones hit two home runs to lead Pittsburgh.

The Pirates, now 13-38 on the road, won back-to-back games away from PNC Park for the first time since mid-May at Chicago.

Colorado last lost eight straight in June 2008. Carlos Gonzalez hit a home run for the Rockies.

The Rockies know that their 2-11 skid since the All-Star break has been a worst-case scenario, maybe one with long-term consequences as far as their postseason hopes.

"We are struggling terribly," said manager Jim Tracy, who took over the team on May 29, 2009. "We have to get the ebb and flow of our game back together. This is the toughest stretch for us since I took over."

Sean Gallagher (1-0), acquired July 7 from San Diego, pitched three hitless innings. Five more relievers finished it out for the Pirates.

"It was good to be able to get out there and execute pitches like I know I'm able to," said Gallagher, who had a 6.75 ERA in five previous appearances with the Pirates. "I felt like I had a better idea of where everything was going to end up. In the other outings, it was more, 'Who knows?' "

Jones drove in three runs with his third career two-homer game and second this season. Neil Walker singled home two runs in a four-run third when Aaron Cook (4-7) was chased during his shortest start since last Aug. 16.

It was the second successive poor outing for Cook, who allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss Friday at Philadelphia. He gave up a leadoff home run in the second to Jones.

Ohlendorf gave up three hard-hit balls to start the game. Seth Smith led off with a single but was doubled off first when Jonathan Herrera lined out. Gonzalez then singled and took third when Jones missed Ohlendorf's pickoff attempt. Tulowitzki then hit a line drive toward the mound.

Cook began the third with a strikeout, but walked Gallagher and gave up five consecutive singles before giving way to Manuel Corpas. The first hit by Andrew McCutchen briefly landed in the glove of Gonzalez, who ran into left-center to make the play and was originally charged with an error.

Jose Tabata followed by chopping a high bouncer that second baseman Jonathan Herrera fielded, but Brad Hawpe, playing his fourth game in the majors at first base, strayed too far from the base in pursuit of the ball, and Herrera had no throw. Walker then singled home two runs, and Jones and Pedro Alvarez followed with RBI singles as the Rockies got less than six innings from their starter for the fifth time in the past six games.

"I had a rough night," said Cook, who came into the game 3-0 with a 3.25 ERA at Coors Field this season. "I gave them too many pitches to hit."

Notes

Rockies closer Huston Street was not available and remains day-to-day. Manager Jim Tracy said Street was still very sore after suffering a right abdominal contusion Tuesday when hit with a line drive during batting practice. ... Rockies 1B Todd Helton will drive to Casper on Thursday and play there Friday through Sunday on a rehab assignment with the Rockies affiliate in the Rookie Pioneer League. Helton, who last played July 4 for the Rockies, is on the disabled list with lower back stiffness. ... Rockies C Chris Iannetta was scratched from the lineup to be with his wife, Lisa, who gave birth Wednesday to their first child, Ashley Brooke, who weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces. Iannetta returned from the hospital and was on the bench for the start of the game. ... The Pirates have hit a home run in four consecutive games, matching their season high.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

G. Jones
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 2
RBI 3
Colorado

C. Gonzalez
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrew McCutchen, CF4130100 .293
Jose Tabata, LF4110013 .280
Neil Walker, 2B5112032 .307
Garrett Jones, 1B4243000 .277
Pedro Alvarez, 3B3011120 .240
Lastings Milledge, RF4000003 .270
Ronny Cedeno, SS4000022 .248
Erik Kratz, C4010010 .148
Ross Ohlendorf, P0000000 .053
    Sean Gallagher, P1100110 .000
    Wil Ledezma, P0000000 .000
   a- Andy LaRoche, PH1000000 .229
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
   b- Delwyn Young, PH1000011 .252
    Octavio Dotel, P0000000 .000
Totals356116311  
a-grounded out for Ledezma in the 6th
b-struck out for Hanrahan in the 9th
Batting
2B - Andrew McCutchen (19, Belisle), Garrett Jones (22, Corpas)
HR - Garrett Jones 2 (14, Cook, Flores)
SH - Jose Tabata (1)
RBI - Neil Walker 2 (24), Garrett Jones 3 (60), Pedro Alvarez (21)
CS - Andrew McCutchen (7, 3rd base by Buchholz/Olivo)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Walker-G. Jones
E - Garrett Jones (7, Missed catch of throw)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ross Ohlendorf 0.2310000 4.35
Sean Gallagher (W,1-0) 3000340 5.12
Wil Ledezma 1.1000010 0.00
Javier Lopez 1311011 2.65
D.J. Carrasco (H,5) 1100010 3.88
Joel Hanrahan 1100010 3.43
Octavio Dotel 1200000 4.28
Pitches-Strikes - Ross Ohlendorf 9-7, Sean Gallagher 57-28, Wil Ledezma 17-10, Javier Lopez 18-12, D.J. Carrasco 12-8, Joel Hanrahan 13-7, Octavio Dotel 19-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Gallagher 1-4, Javier Lopez 1-0, D.J. Carrasco 2-0, Octavio Dotel 1-2
Batters Faced - Ross Ohlendorf 4, Sean Gallagher 12, Wil Ledezma 4, Javier Lopez 5, D.J. Carrasco 4, Joel Hanrahan 4, Octavio Dotel 5
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Seth Smith, LF5030001 .288
Jonathan Herrera, 2B5000014 .282
Carlos Gonzalez, CF3221110 .307
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4021002 .305
Brad Hawpe, 1B4010021 .259
Ryan Spilborghs, RF4010021 .277
Ian Stewart, 3B3000111 .255
Miguel Olivo, C4000011 .303
Aaron Cook, P0000000 .176
    Manny Corpas, P0000100 .000
   a- Dexter Fowler, PH1000000 .216
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
   b- Melvin Mora, PH1000000 .253
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .333
   c- Jason Giambi, PH1010000 .282
Totals35210238  
a-flied out for Corpas in the 5th
b-grounded out for Buchholz in the 7th
c-singled for Belisle in the 9th
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (12, Carrasco), Ryan Spilborghs (11, Lopez)
HR - Carlos Gonzalez (18, Lopez)
RBI - Carlos Gonzalez (63), Troy Tulowitzki (35)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (8)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Herrera-Tulowitzki-Hawpe
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Cook (L,4-7) 2.1655121 5.08
Manny Corpas 2.2100240 4.12
Taylor Buchholz 2100010 3.60
Randy Flores 0.1111011 3.09
Matt Belisle 1.2200030 2.57
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 68-45, Manny Corpas 42-25, Taylor Buchholz 20-12, Randy Flores 9-7, Matt Belisle 25-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 2-3, Manny Corpas 1-2, Taylor Buchholz 2-2, Matt Belisle 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 14, Manny Corpas 10, Taylor Buchholz 6, Randy Flores 2, Matt Belisle 7
Game Information
Attendance - 35128
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg