Marquez quiets Pirates as Rockies roll to 5-0 victory

PITTSBURGH (AP) German Marquez could sense his delivery speeding up. So the Colorado Rockies pitcher made a concerted effort to slow things down, putting a halt to his team's four-game losing streak in the process.

The 24-year-old struck out seven over eight dominant innings in a 5-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night, never allowing a runner to third base while giving up three hits and just one walk.

''The first couple innings I was a little quick with my mechanics,'' Marquez said. ''I made that adjustment after that, and all my pitches seemed to be there after that.''

Certainly looked that way.

Aside from a sinking line drive by Pittsburgh's Bryan Reynolds in the first that scooted under the glove of leftfielder David Dahl and turned into a double, Marquez (5-2) overwhelmed the Pirates. He retired 10 straight at one point and sent down nine of the final 10 batters he faced after getting out of a two-on, two-out jam in the fifth.

''He was sharp,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''He was really tough on the right-handed hitters. We weren't able to string anything together against him.''

Trevor Story hit his 11th homer of the season for the Rockies. Charlie Blackmon went 3 for 5 for Colorado, including a two-run triple to left off Chris Archer (1-4) in the fourth. Story homered for the second straight game when his shot to deep left field in the third inning glanced off the glove of Pittsburgh leftfielder Bryan Reynolds and into the seats.

That was more than enough offense for Marquez, who gave the Rockies just their second win during their current eight-game road swing by shutting down the surging Pirates. Marquez improved to 4-1 in his career against the Pirates and lowered his road ERA this season to 2.08.

Pittsburgh came in off a 7-4 road trip through St. Louis, Arizona and San Diego but never found its footing against Marquez. First baseman Josh Bell - who entered the game with a major-league leading 44 RBIs, the third-most by a Pirates player through 44 games since it became an official statistic in 1920 - went 0 for 4. Bell's teammates didn't fare much better. Pittsburgh mustered only Reynolds' double and a pair of singles in the fifth by Melky Cabrera and Francisco Cervelli.

AVERAGE ARCHER

The Pirates have been able to keep pace in the crowded NL Central despite a patched together starting rotation. Archer - who missed three weeks with inflammation in his right thumb before returning last week - was hoping to go deep to give Hurdle more options for Wednesday, when reliever Montana DuRapau will work as an ''opener.''

Instead, Archer needed 23 pitches to get through a scoreless first inning and 92 in all while allowing four runs, three earned, in five innings.

''If I could have made a couple of pitches, some key pitches, the outcome of the game might have been a little different,'' Archer said. ''Looking at the bright side, it's a step in the right direction. I felt like I had more left in me.''

Archer could have used a break or two, too, in an effort to get his first win since April 7. It didn't happen. Daniel Murphy led off with a double and moved to third on a grounder by Ian Desmond. The Pirates appeared to have Murphy caught in a run down between third and home after a grounder by Tony Wolters, but Cervelli's flip to third baseman Colin Moran deflected off Murphy's helmet and rolled away from Moran, allowing Murphy to score. Story's shot to left in the third pushed him into a tie with Nolan Arenado for the team lead in home runs.

''With the ball that went off Bryan's glove, the dude hit it a long ways,'' Archer said. ''Good pitchers get out of those situations, they minimize the damage. I was really close but came up a little bit short.''

HE'S OUTTA HERE

Hurdle was ejected in the eighth after pinch-hitter Jake Elmore was called out on an odd play at first. Elmore hit a grounder to Marquez and Marquez made a sweeping tag attempt as Elmore ran to first. Elmore was called out on the field and the call was upheld on video review, even though replays clearly showed Marquez failed to tag Elmore.

''There comes a point in time where as a manager, just want to take a stand for a player,'' Hurdle said. ''I had a couple of looks. Obviously, they had more looks. I disagreed.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RF Gregory Polanco was a late scratch due to finger discomfort in his left hand. ... Cervelli left in the sixth inning with an upper chest contusion after a foul ball appeared to hit his throat. ... LF Corey Dickerson (right shoulder sprain) threw to bases and participated in batting practice.

UP NEXT

Rockies: Jon Gray (3-4, 4.73 ERA) is 0-1 with a 9.95 ERA in three starts against the Pirates.

Pirates: Could use an ''opener'' again on Wednesday.

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  • W: G. Marquez (5-2)L: C. Archer (1-4)
  • HR: COL - T. Story (11)
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    A. Frazier 2B40000010.248.307.345.653-0.5
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    S. Marte CF40000010.244.272.397.669-0.5
    B. Reynolds LF20100200.325.381.545.9264.0
    J. Bell 1B40000013.325.396.6801.076-0.5
    M. Cabrera RF40100002.338.376.466.8421.0
    C. Moran 3B40000033.234.303.383.686-1.5
    F. Cervelli C20100000.185.273.241.5131.0
    E. Diaz C10000000.241.268.259.5270.0
    C. Tucker SS30000012.163.212.275.487-0.5
    C. Archer P10000010.091.091.091.182-0.5
    a- K. Newman PH10000002.333.385.438.8220.0
    C. Stratton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    b- J. Elmore PH-2B10000000.077.077.077.1540.0
    • a-flied out for Archer in the 5th
    • b-grounded out for Stratton in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Murphy (6)
    • 3B - C. Blackmon (5)
    • HR - T. Story (11)
    • SH - G. Marquez (2)
    • RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (30), T. Story (31), G. Marquez (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (13), G. Marquez
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Blackmon 3 (3), T. Story, N. Arenado, R. McMahon 2 (2), D. Murphy
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Reynolds (8)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Bell 2 (2), C. Moran 2 (2), K. Newman 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - C. Blackmon (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - R. McMahon (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Stratton-Tucker-Frazier)
    • E - F. Cervelli (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Marquez (W, 5-2)8.03001703.381.1133.5
    C. Estevez1.00001103.271.272.5
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Marquez (W, 5-2)8.0
    C. Estevez1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Archer (L, 1-4)5.06432315.551.430.5
    C. Stratton3.04112107.962.012.5
    M. Feliz1.00000105.061.413.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Archer (L, 1-4)5.0
    C. Stratton3.0
    M. Feliz1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 104-63, C. Estevez 20-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 10-7, C. Estevez 3-0
    • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 28, C. Estevez 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 92-58, C. Stratton 44-27, M. Feliz 10-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 4-9, C. Stratton 3-3
    • Batters Faced - C. Archer 24, C. Stratton 13, M. Feliz 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    T. Story SS51111023.265.327.492.8195.0
    D. Dahl LF40000121.288.338.470.8080.0
    N. Arenado 3B50200001.308.355.573.9282.0
    R. McMahon 2B41100013.259.344.435.7791.5
    D. Murphy 1B41100002.176.244.338.5823.0
    I. Desmond CF21100201.223.301.431.7324.0
    T. Wolters C31000103.289.343.402.7452.0
    G. Marquez P30110002.190.190.238.4292.0
    C. Estevez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    Total35510414519-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Frazier 2B40000010.248.307.345.653-0.5
      M. Feliz P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      S. Marte CF40000010.244.272.397.669-0.5
      B. Reynolds LF20100200.325.381.545.9264.0
      J. Bell 1B40000013.325.396.6801.076-0.5
      M. Cabrera RF40100002.338.376.466.8421.0
      C. Moran 3B40000033.234.303.383.686-1.5
      F. Cervelli C20100000.185.273.241.5131.0
      E. Diaz C10000000.241.268.259.5270.0
      C. Tucker SS30000012.163.212.275.487-0.5
      C. Archer P10000010.091.091.091.182-0.5
      a- K. Newman PH10000002.333.385.438.8220.0
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      • a-flied out for Archer in the 5th
      • b-grounded out for Stratton in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Murphy (6)
      • 3B - C. Blackmon (5)
      • HR - T. Story (11)
      • SH - G. Marquez (2)
      • RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (30), T. Story (31), G. Marquez (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (13), G. Marquez
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Blackmon 3 (3), T. Story, N. Arenado, R. McMahon 2 (2), D. Murphy
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Reynolds (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Bell 2 (2), C. Moran 2 (2), K. Newman 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - C. Blackmon (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - R. McMahon (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Stratton-Tucker-Frazier)
      • E - F. Cervelli (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Marquez (W, 5-2)8.03001703.381.1133.5
      C. Estevez1.00001103.271.272.5
      Total9.0300280---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Marquez (W, 5-2)8.0
      C. Estevez1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Archer (L, 1-4)5.06432315.551.430.5
      C. Stratton3.04112107.962.012.5
      M. Feliz1.00000105.061.413.5
      Total9.01054451---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Archer (L, 1-4)5.0
      C. Stratton3.0
      M. Feliz1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 104-63, C. Estevez 20-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 10-7, C. Estevez 3-0
      • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 28, C. Estevez 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 92-58, C. Stratton 44-27, M. Feliz 10-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 4-9, C. Stratton 3-3
      • Batters Faced - C. Archer 24, C. Stratton 13, M. Feliz 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Marquez singled to center, McMahon scored, Desmond to second50
      • 4TH INNING
        Blackmon tripled to left center, Desmond and Wolters scored40
      • 3RD INNING
        Story homered to left20
      • 2ND INNING
        Wolters reached on fielder's choice to second, Murphy scored, Wolters to second on catcher Cervelli throwing error10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Michael Feliz pitching
        • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Story struck out on foul tip
        • D. Dahl: Foul, Dahl lined out to third
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado flied out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Carlos Estevez relieved German Marquez
        • S. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Marte grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Reynolds walked
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Bell reached on fielder's choice to center, Reynolds to second on 2nd baseman McMahon throwing error
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to pitcher, Reynolds to third, Bell to second
        • C. Moran: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 8TH INNING
        • C. Stratton Pitching:
        • R. McMahon: Ball, Strike swinging, McMahon singled to right center
        • D. Murphy: Ball, Murphy flied out to left
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Foul, Desmond singled to center, McMahon to second
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Wolters flied out to left, McMahon to third
        • G. Marquez: Marquez singled to center, McMahon scored, Desmond to second
        • C. Blackmon: Foul, Foul, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • C. Tucker: Tucker grounded out to pitcher
        • Jake Elmore hit for Chris Stratton
        • J. Elmore: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Elmore grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Frazier: Foul, Strike looking, Frazier grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Stratton Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon singled to right
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • D. Dahl: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Blackmon caught stealing second, pitcher to first to shortstop, Ball, Ball, Dahl walked
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Arenado grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
        • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Moran grounded out to third
        • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz popped out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Chris Stratton pitching
        • Elias Diaz catching
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Desmond walked
        • T. Wolters: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Wolters flied out to deep center
        • G. Marquez: Foul, Marquez hit into double play pitcher to shortstop to second, Desmond out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Foul, Frazier lined out to right
        • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
        • B. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked
        • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bell grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • D. Dahl: Foul, Strike looking, Dahl lined out to center
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • R. McMahon: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
        • D. Murphy: Foul, Foul, Murphy grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera singled to right
        • C. Moran: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Cervelli singled to right, Cabrera to second
        • C. Tucker: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Tucker struck out swinging
        • Kevin Newman hit for Chris Archer
        • K. Newman: Strike looking, Ball, Newman flied out to right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • D. Murphy: Foul, Murphy flied out to deep center
        • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Desmond walked
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wolters walked, Desmond to second
        • G. Marquez: Ball, Strike looking, Marquez hit sacrifice bunt to third, Desmond to third, Wolters to second
        • C. Blackmon: Blackmon tripled to left center, Desmond and Wolters scored
        • T. Story: Story flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • S. Marte: Ball, Marte grounded out to third
        • B. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Reynolds lined out to left
        • J. Bell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • T. Story: Strike swinging, Ball, Story homered to left
        • D. Dahl: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
        • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Arenado flied out to right
        • R. McMahon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, McMahon lined out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • C. Tucker: Tucker grounded out to third
        • C. Archer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Archer struck out swinging
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier grounded out to first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy doubled to deep right
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Desmond grounded out to second, Murphy to third
        • T. Wolters: Wolters reached on fielder's choice to second, Murphy scored, Wolters to second on catcher Cervelli throwing error
        • G. Marquez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Marquez popped out to second
        • C. Blackmon: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera flied out to left
        • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
        • F. Cervelli: Strike swinging, Ball, Cervelli lined out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Blackmon singled to right center
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Story flied out to deep right
        • D. Dahl: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
        • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Arenado singled to left, Blackmon to second
        • R. McMahon: McMahon flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Marte flied out to deep right
        • B. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Foul, Reynolds doubled to left
        • J. Bell: Bell grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)