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Anderson leads Rockies over Pirates 8-1


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DENVER (AP) Brett Anderson left Friday night's game before he wanted to. Still, he was a winner for the first time in 15 months.

Anderson pitched effectively into the seventh inning before a blister ended his night and the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-1.

''It's good. Your goal when you pitch is to win the ballgame and it's been a while,'' he said. ''It's pretty satisfying, especially my first win in the National League. Hopefully I'll get on a roll here.''

Carlos Gonzalez homered and Josh Rutledge had two hits and drove in four runs for Colorado, which has won consecutive games for just the second time in the last six weeks.

The Rockies are 16-40 since May 20 but they cooled off the Pirates, who entered Friday 44-29 since starting the season 10-18.

Not every Colorado player left Coors Field in a good mood.

Third baseman Nolan Arenado was removed from the game after he failed to run hard to first on a grounder to the mound in the fourth. Pirates starter Charlie Morton bobbled the ball but was able to get Arenado, who jogged at the start before hustling to try and beat the throw.

''We talk a lot about playing the game hard, playing the game right and how important that is, especially when you've been getting your (butt) kicked for a while. It's even more important. It's imperative,'' Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. ''I just felt Nolan didn't meet that standard at that point. Nolan's a great kid. He's a great player. That's how I saw it.''

Anderson (1-3) had not won since beating Houston on April 7, 2013, in his last start for Oakland. He spent four months on the disabled list and moved to the A's bullpen when he returned.

He was winless in three April starts for Colorado before a broken left index finger put him on the shelf for 81 games. Friday was his third start since coming back and he allowed just two hits in 6 1-3 innings before a blister began to develop on his left index finger

''I noticed it in the bottom of the sixth and then I started throwing some breaking balls there in the seventh and it kind of caught,'' Anderson said. ''Hopefully got it before thing (turns) major. It didn't break open and they drained it. I don't foresee it being a problem.''

He left the game with a 1-0 lead after walking Russell Martin for the third time.

''My stuff is getting better and better and my velocity is coming back,'' Anderson said. ''... The offense showed up tremendously.''

Tommy Kahnle came on and got the last two outs of the seventh and the Rockies broke it open in the bottom of the inning off Morton (5-10).

Ben Paulsen and Wilin Rosario led off with consecutive doubles and DJ LeMahieu singled. Ernesto Frieri relieved Morton and pinch-hitter Drew Stubbs bounced a grounder over the pulled-in infield for an RBI double. An intentional walk to Charlie Blackmon loaded the bases and Rutledge cleared them with a double to center.

''He pitched a good ballgame through six and the seventh got away from him,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of Morton. ''Frieri came in and wasn't able to quite execute the pitches he needed to so they piled up seven on us.''

One out later Gonzalez hit his 10th homer of the season to make it 8-0.

''It was nice to see our offense but it was even better to see the way we pitched tonight,'' Gonzalez said. ''Anderson gives us a big shot to win this game.''

The Rockies nearly pulled off a triple play in the fifth after Neil Walker led off the inning with Pittsburgh's first hit of the game.

With runners on first and second, Jordy Mercer hit a sharp grounder to third baseman Charlie Culberson, who stepped on the bag but his throw to second pulled Rutledge's foot off the base. Rutledge's relay to first got Mercer, and after a 3-minute, 16-second review the call at second was confirmed.

NOTES: Walker has reached base in 22 straight games. It's the longest active streak in the majors. ... Members of the Manchester United Football Club visited with Rockies players during batting practice. ... Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez was not in the starting lineup for the third straight game because of left knee discomfort. He pinch-hit in the seventh and stayed in the game. ... Rockies RHP Christian Bergman (broken left hand) will pitch in a rehab start in Double-A Tulsa on Tuesday. ... Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (right lat soreness) will start at Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday. ... Rockies manager Walt Weiss said LHP Franklin Morales will get the start Sunday.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

J. Rutledge
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
Colorado

B. Anderson
IP 6.1
H 2
ER 0
BB 4
K 1
 

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Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Gregory Polanco, RF5000003.245.328.335
Josh Harrison, LF4010000.290.328.434
Andrew McCutchen, CF4010021.318.416.554
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4110001.235.297.412
Neil Walker, 2B3010100.284.358.468
Russell Martin, C0000300.282.414.392
   Stolmy Pimentel, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Ike Davis, PH1010000.240.353.358
Jordy Mercer, SS3001003.246.287.350
Brent Morel, 3B1000100.333.500.333
   b-Pedro Alvarez, PH-3B1000111.238.327.409
Charlie Morton, P2000002.059.059.059
   Ernesto Frieri, P0000000.000.000.000
   c-Michael Martinez, PH1000010.091.231.091
   Chris Stewart, C1000003.247.333.281
Totals3015164    
a-singled for Pimentel in the 9th
b-struck out for Morel in the 7th
c-struck out for Frieri in the 8th
Batting
SF - Jordy Mercer (4)
RBI - Jordy Mercer (33)
Team LOB - 9
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Charlie Morton (L,5-10) 6744130 3.40
Ernesto Frieri 1344121 7.38
Stolmy Pimentel 1000010 4.26
IBB - Blackmon by Ernesto Frieri
Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Morton 91-55, Ernesto Frieri 26-16, Stolmy Pimentel 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Morton 9-6
Batters Faced - Charlie Morton 26, Ernesto Frieri 7, Stolmy Pimentel 3
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Charlie Blackmon, CF3100111.301.347.468
Josh Rutledge, SS4124010.308.362.500
Corey Dickerson, LF4000002.330.397.584
Carlos Gonzalez, RF4112010.250.300.448
Nolan Arenado, 3B2000000.281.306.455
   Charlie Culberson, 3B2000010.185.232.300
Ben Paulsen, 1B3120110.500.563.643
Wilin Rosario, C4121011.242.276.410
DJ LeMahieu, 2B4220002.286.339.365
Brett Anderson, P2000001.100.100.200
   Tommy Kahnle, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Drew Stubbs, PH1111000.300.337.504
   Rex Brothers, P0000000.000.000.000
   Nick Masset, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Brandon Barnes, PH1000000.245.291.386
   Matt Belisle, P0000000.000.000.000
   Adam Ottavino, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals34810826    
a-doubled for Kahnle in the 7th
b-flied out for Masset in the 8th
Batting
2B - Josh Rutledge 2 (10, Morton), Ben Paulsen (2, Morton), Wilin Rosario (16, Morton), Drew Stubbs (15, Frieri)
3B - DJ LeMahieu (3, Morton)
HR - Carlos Gonzalez (10, Frieri)
RBI - Josh Rutledge 4 (16), Carlos Gonzalez 2 (36), Wilin Rosario (36), Drew Stubbs (28)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Rutledge (2)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Culberson-Rutledge-Paulsen
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Anderson (W,1-3) 6.1200410 3.24
Tommy Kahnle (H,5) 0.2000010 2.77
Rex Brothers 0.2100010 4.39
Nick Masset 0.1000010 4.68
Matt Belisle 0.1211200 5.66
Adam Ottavino 0.2000000 3.97
IBB - Morel by Brett Anderson
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Anderson 102-64, Tommy Kahnle 10-6, Rex Brothers 13-9, Nick Masset 4-3, Matt Belisle 19-9, Adam Ottavino 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Anderson 10-7, Adam Ottavino 1-1
Batters Faced - Brett Anderson 24, Tommy Kahnle 2, Rex Brothers 3, Nick Masset 1, Matt Belisle 5, Adam Ottavino 2
Game Information
Attendance - 38487
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Hal Gibson