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Pirates 8, Rockies 4

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DENVER -- The Pittsburgh Pirates used new blood and old knowledge to beat the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

Xavier Paul had two hits in his first start for Pittsburgh and former Rockies reliever Joe Beimel pitched out of a jam in the sixth inning to lift the Pirates to an 8-4 win.

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Paul was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday and made an immediate impact. He hit a two-run triple to key a four-run rally in the second and added a single in the fourth.

"My mindset going into the game was just have fun," he said. "To come up with a big hit, it feels great."

Paul, who joined the team Thursday, had his first multihit game since July 20, 2010.

"He was on base three times, stole a base, handled his chances in left field, so it was a good first start for him," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

Charlie Morton pitched into the sixth inning for his third win, Garrett Jones had two hits and Andrew McCutchen, Lyle Overbay and Pedro Alvarez also had two hits each for the Pirates, who took two of three at Coors Field. Pittsburgh won its fourth road series of the season, matching its total from the 2010 season.

Colorado ace Ubaldo Jimenez (0-2) struggled again. He threw three wild pitches, tying a club record, and his ERA rose to 7.20 through four starts.

"Before, I was trying to get my velocity back," he said. "Right now I don't have the control."

Dexter Fowler and Todd Helton had two hits each for the Rockies.

Jimenez allowed four runs on six hits, struck out six and walked four. He needed 88 pitches to get through four innings in his shortest outing of the season. Last year, Jimenez failed to pitch into the sixth twice in 33 starts and dominated hitters en route to a 15-1 record at the All-Star break.

"Ubaldo lacked consistency today," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He did not command, he had deep counts."

Morton (3-1) battled until the sixth when Seth Smith led off with a single and Chris Iannetta drew a one-out walk. Michael Crotta relieved and walked pinch-hitter Jonathan Herrera to load the bases. Fowler followed with a double to make it 8-4, but Beimel came on to strike out Alfredo Amezaga on three pitches and retire Helton on a deep fly to left.

"I kept him in my back pocket. Nobody knows this ballpark on our staff better than him," Hurdle said. "He pitches with a slow heartbeat, he's not going to get rattled, and when he's good and effective and hitting his spots he's tough to put the barrel on."

Beimel, who was with the Rockies last season, said the familiarity worked both ways.

"They know me pretty well, too," he said. "I don't think it's coincidence the only two guys who struck out were two that weren't here last year. The other guys knew what I was going to throw them and they know my strengths and weaknesses."

The Pirates jumped on Jimenez in the second inning. Ryan Doumit led off with a walk, Alvarez singled to put runners at the corners and Ronny Cedeno's bunt down the first base line gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead.

Jimenez retired the next two batters before Paul tripled to right-center and Jones doubled to center to make it 4-0.

"Ubaldo's a great pitcher, but he made a mistake," Paul said. "You've got to make him pay for it."

The Rockies broke through in the third on Helton's two-out single that scored Fowler from second to make it 4-1. Ryan Spilborghs cut the lead to 4-2 with a pinch-hit single to score Smith in the fourth.

The Pirates broke the game open with a four-run fifth against reliever Esmil Rogers. Morton knocked in his second career RBI on a sacrifice fly and Jones had a two-run single to make it 8-2.

Notes

Four pitchers held the Colorado record with three wild pitches. Jimenez was the last to do it, on April 25, 2008. ... Pirates OF Jose Tabata (right hamstring) was held out of the lineup.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

X. Paul
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Colorado

D. Fowler
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrew McCutchen, CF6121023 .225
Xavier Paul, LF4122110 .294
Garrett Jones, RF4023121 .278
Neil Walker, 2B5000026 .287
Lyle Overbay, 1B5120022 .232
Ryan Doumit, C3100202 .240
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4220111 .213
Ronny Cedeno, SS2211201 .200
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Diaz, PH1000000 .204
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
Charlie Morton, P2001014 .083
    Mike Crotta, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Wood, SS2010000 .185
Totals388128711  
a-grounded out for Veras in the 9th
Batting
2B - Garrett Jones (2, Jimenez)
3B - Xavier Paul (1, Jimenez)
SF - Charlie Morton (1)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen (13), Xavier Paul 2 (2), Garrett Jones 3 (10), Ronny Cedeno (8), Charlie Morton (1)
2-OUT RBI - Andrew McCutchen (4), Xavier Paul 2 (2), Garrett Jones 3 (4)
SB - Andrew McCutchen (4, 3rd base off Jimenez/Iannetta), Xavier Paul (1, 2nd base off Jimenez/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Overbay-Cedeno, Walker-Cedeno-Overbay, Wood-Walker-Overbay
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Charlie Morton (W,3-1) 5.1744510 3.52
Mike Crotta0100100 4.50
Joe Beimel (H,3) 1.2000120 2.84
Jose Veras 1000020 3.18
Joel Hanrahan 1100000 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Morton 104-56, Mike Crotta 6-2, Joe Beimel 27-20, Jose Veras 9-7, Joel Hanrahan 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Morton 7-6, Joel Hanrahan 1-1
Batters Faced - Charlie Morton 26, Mike Crotta 2, Joe Beimel 6, Jose Veras 3, Joel Hanrahan 3
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF4122110 .263
Alfredo Amezaga, 2B4010115 .400
Todd Helton, 1B5021003 .307
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4010104 .296
Carlos Gonzalez, LF3010102 .232
Seth Smith, RF4210003 .303
Jose Lopez, 3B4000013 .149
Chris Iannetta, C2100210 .175
Ubaldo Jimenez, P1000010 .000
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1011000 .174
    Esmil Rogers, P0000000 .222
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .000
   b- Jonathan Herrera, PH0000100 .300
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
   c- Jose Morales, PH1000000 .217
    Felipe Paulino, P0000000 .000
Totals3349475  
a-singled for Jimenez in the 4th
b-walked for Morales in the 6th
c-flied out for M. Reynolds in the 8th
Batting
2B - Dexter Fowler (10, Crotta), Carlos Gonzalez (5, Morton)
RBI - Dexter Fowler 2 (11), Todd Helton (11), Ryan Spilborghs (6)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton (5), Ryan Spilborghs (4)
Team LOB - 9
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez (L,0-2) 4644460 7.20
Esmil Rogers 1444210 7.66
Franklin Morales 1000100 2.61
Matt Lindstrom 1000020 0.84
Matt Reynolds 1100010 2.45
Felipe Paulino 1100010 5.79
IBB - Cedeno by Ubaldo Jimenez
WP - Ubaldo Jimenez 3 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 88-48, Esmil Rogers 40-23, Franklin Morales 19-10, Matt Lindstrom 9-7, Matt Reynolds 12-8, Felipe Paulino 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 3-3, Franklin Morales 1-2, Matt Reynolds 1-1, Felipe Paulino 1-1
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 22, Esmil Rogers 9, Franklin Morales 4, Matt Lindstrom 3, Matt Reynolds 4, Felipe Paulino 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35012
Game Time - 3:24
Temperature - 45
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Eric Cooper