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Colorado at Pittsburgh

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Colorado (51-59) «010003000490
Pittsburgh (65-43)001000001280

Rockies 4, Pirates 2

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PITTSBURGH -- Jhoulys Chacin was determined to eat up innings for his team and its weary bullpen. Absorbing a sharply-hit line drive off his pitching forearm wasn't going to deter him.

Chacin allowed one run on six hits over eight innings and the Colorado Rockies snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

Chacin (10-5), who has won seven of his past nine decisions, stayed in the game after a ball off the bat of Starling Marte deflected off his right forearm in the fifth inning.

"I didn't want to come out; I just wanted to keep pitching," said Chain, who lowered his road ERA to 1.78. "It hit me good, but just I moved my hand and it felt fine.

"I really wanted to give the team seven or eight innings at least, so I was trying to do my job and help my bullpen, also. It was nice I was able to do that."

Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki had a solo homer and an RBI single, and Todd Helton had a two-run single 16 years to the day after making his major-league debut in the same city.

The Rockies were coming off being outscored 40-13 by Atlanta in a four-game sweep at Turner Field. They won despite their lineup missing two of their best hitters for the second consecutive game -- Michael Cuddyer is away on a family emergency and Carlos Gonzalez did not enter the game until in the eighth inning as a defensive replacement after aggravating a sprained right middle finger on Wednesday night.

After Friday's game, Gonzalez expressed doubt he'd be ready to return to the lineup by Saturday but was encouraged it could happen Sunday.

Neil Walker had two doubles for the Pirates (65-44), who came in with the best record in the majors.

Pittsburgh has been outscored 17-2 in losing its past two after taking over the best record in the NL with four straight wins over the St. Louis Cardinals this week.

The Pirates scored in the ninth with consecutive one-out doubles by Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez off temporary closer Rex Brothers. But Russell Martin flied out to deep center and pinch-hitter Gaby Sanchez lined out to right to end it, earning Brothers his eighth save in nine opportunities.

"The scoreboard dictated the situation and what I was throwing," Brothers said. "We had a three-run lead so I threw a lot of fastballs so they could put it in play."

Pirates rookie Gerrit Cole (5-5) needed 102 pitches to make it through 5 1-3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Cole dropped to 1-5 since winning his first four major league starts.

"He came out of the chute good -- then at times it seemed that he couldn't put away the hitters because all the foul balls extended innings," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "He ran a lot of deeper counts that extended his pitch count. He didn't allow much damage to be done, though."

Chacin is 7-2 with a 2.24 ERA since June 11 -- the same day as Cole's debut.

Chacin retired the final 14 he faced -- the last nine coming after Marte's line drive deflected off his forearm to shortstop Tulowitzki, who threw to first to complete the putout.

Chacin grimaced and shook his arm, but appeared to tell catcher Wilin Rosario, manager Walt Weiss and a member of the training staff that he was fine. Chacin retreated from the dugout into the tunnel after the inning ended but returned for the bottom of the sixth following a lengthy wait because his team sent eight men to the plate and scored three runs in the top half.

"That thing hit him square, and I thought he might be done," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. "And he goes out there and gives us three more innings. Really an impressive showing.

"This year, we gave him the responsibility of being a top-of-the-rotation guy, and he's taken it and he's run with it."

Notes

Before the game, the Pirates swapped out a pair of relievers when they reinstated RHP Jared Hughes from the disabled list and optioned RHP Vic Black to Triple-A Indianapolis. ... The paid attendance of 37,487 was the 10th sellout at PNC Park this season ... This was the season's first meeting between the teams; each has now played every NL team. ... Helton went 2-for-4 with a home run while batting fifth and playing left field for the Rockies in his first game in the majors Aug. 2, 1997, at Three Rivers Stadium. ... He's 14 innings short of qualifying for the league leaders, but Saturday Pittsburgh starter LHP Francisco Liriano (11-4, 2.16) would rank second in the NL in ERA if he did. Rockies counterpart LHP Jorge De La Rosa (10-5, 3.21) allowed a season-high five runs in his most recent outing for Colorado.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Pittsburgh

A. McCutchen
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF4100110 .264
DJ LeMahieu, 2B5000020 .272
Corey Dickerson, LF4120000 .286
   Carlos Gonzalez, LF1000002 .302
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3222100 .324
Todd Helton, 1B3012112 .262
Wilin Rosario, C4010013 .276
Charlie Blackmon, RF4010002 .243
Nolan Arenado, 3B4010002 .251
Jhoulys Chacin, P3000010 .209
   a-Charlie Culberson, PH1010000 .111
Totals3649436  
a-singled for Chacin in the 9th
Batting
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (20, Cole)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki 2 (61), Todd Helton 2 (36)
SB - Dexter Fowler (15, 2nd base off Cole/Martin)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Helton, Tulowitzki-Helton-Helton-Tulowitzki, Tulowitzki-Helton-Helton-Tulowitzki-LeMahieu-Tulowitzki-Helton
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jhoulys Chacin (W,10-5) 8611030 3.40
Rex Brothers (S,8) 1211010 1.39
HBP - Martin (by Jhoulys Chacin)
Pitches-Strikes - Jhoulys Chacin 96-70, Rex Brothers 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jhoulys Chacin 11-7
Batters Faced - Jhoulys Chacin 28, Rex Brothers 5
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starling Marte, LF4110010 .279
Neil Walker, 2B4020010 .246
Andrew McCutchen, CF4121001 .301
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4011012 .240
Russell Martin, C3010001 .252
Garrett Jones, 1B3000002 .252
   a-Gaby Sanchez, PH1000001 .237
Alex Presley, RF-LF3010010 .293
Clint Barmes, SS3000001 .222
Gerrit Cole, P2000000 .278
   b-Josh Harrison, PH-RF1000000 .267
Totals3228204  
a-lined out for G. Jones in the 9th
b-grounded out for Hughes in the 8th
Batting
2B - Neil Walker 2 (16, Chacin), Andrew McCutchen (29, Brothers), Pedro Alvarez (11, Brothers)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen (60), Pedro Alvarez (71)
Team LOB - 4
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gerrit Cole (L,5-5) 5.1333261 3.69
Justin Wilson 1.2311000 2.17
Jared Hughes 1100100 4.67
Bryan Morris 1200000 2.72
WP - Gerrit Cole (1), Justin Wilson (5), Bryan Morris 2 (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Gerrit Cole 102-66, Justin Wilson 34-27, Jared Hughes 17-10, Bryan Morris 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gerrit Cole 4-6, Justin Wilson 3-2, Jared Hughes 2-1, Bryan Morris 2-1
Batters Faced - Gerrit Cole 21, Justin Wilson 8, Jared Hughes 5, Bryan Morris 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37487
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Tom Hallion