Story's 3-run blast boosts Rockies past Pirates 6-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) Trevor Story showed signs of snapping out of his early season funk over the weekend, even as the Colorado Rockies shortstop whiffed over and over against the Washington Nationals.

The proof arrived Monday night at frigid PNC Park after he quickly fell behind Pittsburgh starter Steven Brault with two runners on in the fourth inning. Story worked the count even, and when Brault's 82 mph slider didn't end up in the dirt as Brault planned, Story's hitless skid was over.

Story turned on Brault's offering and sent it into the bleachers in left field for a three-run home run that propelled the Rockies to a 6-2 victory over the Pirates. Story later added a single for just his second multihit game of the season, boosting his average from .177 to .200.

''There are a lot of hidden things that go into hitting but, for me, it's just trying to keep consistent, especially in my cage work, my pregame work,'' Story said. ''You're going to have ups and downs in this game, and you've got to be able to handle them.''

Story endured the downs against the Nationals, going 1 for 15 with 10 strikeouts even as Colorado took three of four from the NL East favorites. The up came when he waited out Brault (2-1), who knew he was in trouble the moment the ball left his left hand.

''It was one of those `Oh, I just hope that he doesn't hit me' kind of things,'' Brault said. ''It's going to happen.''

Charlie Blackmon added his team-leading seventh home run for Colorado. The Rockies have won five of six overall and are 8-2 in their last 10 games away from Coors Field.

German Marquez (1-1) held the Pirates without a hit until a one-out triple by Francisco Cervelli in the fifth. He left after six innings, giving up two runs, two hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Marquez wore sleeves to fight off a wind chill that dipped into the mid-20s after opting to go sleeveless in the cold against Atlanta earlier this season.

''I was a lot smarter about dealing with the cold,'' Marquez said. ''I made sure I kept warm between innings. The trainers gave me hand warmers and hot towels and I used them to make sure my hands stay warm.''

Brault met his first serious bump since being thrust into the rotation as a stop-gap while Joe Musgrove deals with a strained right shoulder. The Rockies touched him for two runs in the first and three more on Story's blast. Brault pitched a season-high six innings, allowing five runs, five hits and two walks but only managed one strikeout.

''We did a really good job of getting ahead, got to 0-2 and that was almost my kryptonite tonight,'' Brault said. ''I had the two walks and the home run from the 0-2 count and that just can't happen.''

Corey Dickerson extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the seventh for the Pirates. Colin Moran added a sacrifice fly, but the surprising Pirates cooled off a bit.

ROMERO ARRIVES

Newly acquired reliever Enny Romero found plenty of familiar faces in the Pittsburgh clubhouse after the Pirates claimed the left-hander off waivers from Washington on Saturday to bolster its bullpen.

Romero spent four seasons in the minors with Pittsburgh closer Felipe Vazquez and became familiar with Marte, Polanco and Ivan Nova while they were all growing up in the Dominican Republic. The Pirates are hoping Romero can provide some stability to a bullpen that has been the one of the few issues during their hot start.

Romero appeared in a career-high 53 games last season for the Nationals but struggled in his two appearances with Washington this year before being released.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: Musgrove is scheduled for a bullpen session Thursday. The 25-year-old, acquired from Houston as part of the trade that sent Gerrit Cole to the Astros, has been dealing with right shoulder issues since the start of spring training.

UP NEXT

Rockies: Chad Bettis (2-0, 2.04 ERA) gave up one run and three hits over seven innings last Thursday against Washington. Bettis is 0-2 with a 6.26 ERA in six appearances against the Pirates.

Pirates: Trevor Williams (3-0, 1.56) has won three straight decisions for the first time in his career and is 3-1 with a 1.15 ERA in his last five starts at PNC Park.

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PIT11-5
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  • W: G. Marquez (1-1)L: S. Brault (2-1)
  • HR: COL - C. Blackmon (7), T. Story (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. LeMahieu 2B31000101.296.375.577.9522.0
C. Iannetta C41110001.271.364.396.7594.0
C. Blackmon CF41221000.314.397.7841.1818.0
I. Desmond 1B31000111.180.203.393.5971.5
C. Gonzalez RF41100001.238.258.444.7022.0
T. Story SS31231100.200.288.415.70312.0
P. Valaika 3B30000101.059.111.088.1991.0
G. Parra LF40000003.214.279.286.5642.0
G. Marquez P20100010.500.500.5001.0000.5
a- M. Tauchman PH10000001.063.118.063.1800.0
C. Rusin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- R. McMahon PH10000012.074.167.074.241-0.5
A. Ottavino P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Marquez in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Rusin in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B40000011.219.265.344.608-0.5
G. Polanco RF31000101.207.319.534.8532.0
S. Marte CF30110120.306.394.581.9756.0
J. Bell 1B40000032.286.352.397.749-1.5
C. Dickerson LF40100000.351.377.561.9381.0
F. Cervelli C31100001.286.379.551.9304.0
C. Moran 3B20010011.295.360.409.7690.5
J. Mercer SS30100010.234.327.319.6460.5
S. Brault P10000000.286.286.286.5710.0
a- M. Moroff PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
T. Glasnow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Freese PH10000011.250.318.550.868-0.5
K. Crick P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Brault in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Glasnow in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Iannetta (3)
  • HR - C. Blackmon (7), T. Story (4)
  • RBI - C. Iannetta (6), C. Blackmon 2 (13), T. Story 3 (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon (4)
BATTING
  • 3B - S. Marte (3), F. Cervelli (2)
  • SF - C. Moran
  • RBI - S. Marte (7), C. Moran (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Story (3), G. Parra
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Marte (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - T. Story, I. Desmond, P. Valaika
  • E - C. Iannetta (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - C. Dickerson (4)
  • DP - C. Dickerson, J. Mercer, A. Frazier, J. Bell
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Marquez (W, 1-1)6.02222604.341.3925.0
C. Rusin (H, 1)2.02000205.731.455.0
A. Ottavino1.00000200.840.284.0
PITCHERSIP
G. Marquez (W, 1-1)6.0
C. Rusin (H, 1)2.0
A. Ottavino1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Brault (L, 2-1)6.05552114.741.371.5
T. Glasnow2.01111116.231.503.5
K. Crick1.01001100.001.001.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Brault (L, 2-1)6.0
T. Glasnow2.0
K. Crick1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 97-64, C. Rusin 19-15, A. Ottavino 14-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 5-7, C. Rusin 3-0, A. Ottavino 1-0
  • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 22, C. Rusin 7, A. Ottavino 3
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Brault (4), T. Glasnow (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Brault 86-54, T. Glasnow 38-22, K. Crick 19-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Brault 7-8, T. Glasnow 2-3, K. Crick 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Brault 23, T. Glasnow 8, K. Crick 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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COL10-8
200300010671
PIT11-5
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. LeMahieu 2B31000101.296.375.577.9522.0
C. Iannetta C41110001.271.364.396.7594.0
C. Blackmon CF41221000.314.397.7841.1818.0
I. Desmond 1B31000111.180.203.393.5971.5
C. Gonzalez RF41100001.238.258.444.7022.0
T. Story SS31231100.200.288.415.70312.0
P. Valaika 3B30000101.059.111.088.1991.0
G. Parra LF40000003.214.279.286.5642.0
G. Marquez P20100010.500.500.5001.0000.5
a- M. Tauchman PH10000001.063.118.063.1800.0
C. Rusin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- R. McMahon PH10000012.074.167.074.241-0.5
A. Ottavino P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total3267624311-----
  • a-grounded out for Marquez in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Rusin in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B40000011.219.265.344.608-0.5
G. Polanco RF31000101.207.319.534.8532.0
S. Marte CF30110120.306.394.581.9756.0
J. Bell 1B40000032.286.352.397.749-1.5
C. Dickerson LF40100000.351.377.561.9381.0
F. Cervelli C31100001.286.379.551.9304.0
C. Moran 3B20010011.295.360.409.7690.5
J. Mercer SS30100010.234.327.319.6460.5
S. Brault P10000000.286.286.286.5710.0
a- M. Moroff PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
T. Glasnow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Freese PH10000011.250.318.550.868-0.5
K. Crick P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total2924202107-----
  • a-struck out for Brault in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Glasnow in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Iannetta (3)
  • HR - C. Blackmon (7), T. Story (4)
  • RBI - C. Iannetta (6), C. Blackmon 2 (13), T. Story 3 (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon (4)
BATTING
  • 3B - S. Marte (3), F. Cervelli (2)
  • SF - C. Moran
  • RBI - S. Marte (7), C. Moran (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Story (3), G. Parra
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Marte (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - T. Story, I. Desmond, P. Valaika
  • E - C. Iannetta (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - C. Dickerson (4)
  • DP - C. Dickerson, J. Mercer, A. Frazier, J. Bell
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Marquez (W, 1-1)6.02222604.341.3925.0
C. Rusin (H, 1)2.02000205.731.455.0
A. Ottavino1.00000200.840.284.0
Total9.04222100---
PITCHERSIP
G. Marquez (W, 1-1)6.0
C. Rusin (H, 1)2.0
A. Ottavino1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Brault (L, 2-1)6.05552114.741.371.5
T. Glasnow2.01111116.231.503.5
K. Crick1.01001100.001.001.5
Total9.0766432---
PITCHERSIP
S. Brault (L, 2-1)6.0
T. Glasnow2.0
K. Crick1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 97-64, C. Rusin 19-15, A. Ottavino 14-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 5-7, C. Rusin 3-0, A. Ottavino 1-0
  • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 22, C. Rusin 7, A. Ottavino 3
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Brault (4), T. Glasnow (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Brault 86-54, T. Glasnow 38-22, K. Crick 19-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Brault 7-8, T. Glasnow 2-3, K. Crick 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Brault 23, T. Glasnow 8, K. Crick 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Blackmon homered to right63
  • 6TH INNING
    Marte tripled to left center, Polanco scored52
  • 5TH INNING
    Moran hit sacrifice fly to left, Cervelli scored51
  • 4TH INNING
    Story homered to left, Desmond and Gonzalez scored50
  • 1ST INNING
    Blackmon grounded out to first, Iannetta scored20
    Iannetta doubled to deep center, LeMahieu scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kyle Crick pitching
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to left
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Story reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • P. Valaika: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Valaika walked, Story to second
    • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Parra reached on fielder's choice to first, Story to third, Valaika out at second
    • Ryan McMahon hit for Chris Rusin
    • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Parra stole second, Ball, Strike looking, McMahon struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Adam Ottavino pitching
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Dickerson grounded out to third
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • T. Glasnow Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to second
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Iannetta flied out to center
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Blackmon homered to right
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Desmond struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Rusin Pitching:
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mercer reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • David Freese hit for Tyler Glasnow
    • D. Freese: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • G. Polanco: Polanco grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tyler Glasnow pitching
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Story walked
    • P. Valaika: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Story stole second, Ball, Valaika lined out to center
    • G. Parra: Ball, Story to third on wild pitch, Foul, Parra flied out to left
    • Mike Tauchman hit for German Marquez
    • M. Tauchman: Foul, Foul, Tauchman grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Chris Rusin pitching
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson singled to shallow center
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Cervelli reached on fielder's choice to third, Dickerson out at second
    • C. Moran: Strike swinging, Moran grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Cervelli out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon singled to shallow left
    • I. Desmond: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Desmond reached on fielder's choice to first, Blackmon out at second
    • C. Gonzalez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Gonzalez flied into double play left to shortstop, Desmond out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Max Moroff hit for Steven Brault
    • M. Moroff: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Moroff struck out looking
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier grounded out to second
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked
    • S. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Marte tripled to left center, Polanco scored
    • J. Bell: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • G. Marquez: Strike looking, Marquez singled to shallow left
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu reached on fielder's choice to third, Marquez out at second
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Foul, Iannetta grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, LeMahieu out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Dickerson flied out to deep right
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cervelli tripled to right
    • C. Moran: Foul, Moran hit sacrifice fly to left, Cervelli scored
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mercer popped out to second
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Blackmon grounded out to second
    • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Desmond walked
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez singled to shallow center, Desmond to second
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to second, Foul, Story homered to left, Desmond and Gonzalez scored
    • P. Valaika: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Valaika flied out to center
    • G. Parra: Parra grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Polanco flied out to left
    • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
    • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Bell grounded out to first
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • G. Marquez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Marquez struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike looking, LeMahieu lined out to center
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Ball, Iannetta flied out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
    • S. Brault: Ball, Foul, Brault grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Frazier grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • T. Story: Story flied out to right
    • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Valaika lined out to center
    • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Parra fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Dickerson lined out to second
    • F. Cervelli: Cervelli flied out to right
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu walked
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Ball, Iannetta doubled to deep center, LeMahieu scored
    • C. Blackmon: Strike swinging, Ball, Iannetta to third on wild pitch, Blackmon grounded out to first, Iannetta scored
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Desmond grounded out to pitcher
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Frazier grounded out to second
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco flied out to center
    • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte walked
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Marte stole second, Marte to third on catcher Iannetta fielding error, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)