Pirates' Taillon solid in return following cancer surgery

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jameson Taillon walked off the mound for the final time Monday night, sat in the dugout and felt fortunate to have pitched once again in the major leagues.

Taillon worked five scoreless innings in his return from treatments for testicular cancer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2.

''I Just got to step back and enjoy the moment and realize that I was back,'' Taillon said. ''It was special to see all my teammates. The Pirates, the coaches, the medical staff, management, the players, everyone was with me every step. It was special.''

Taillon (3-1) allowed five hits, walked two and struck out five. The 25-year-old had surgery May 8, four days after losing to the Reds at Cincinnati, then made three rehab starts in the minor leagues.

''He pitched well,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''His command wasn't anything close to what we've seen in the past. He went out there and he pitched. It was fun to watch. He had to roll up his sleeves and go to work.''

Josh Harrison hit a two-run home run, his eighth, in the first inning off Kyle Freeland (7-4). Harrison, David Freese and Jose Osuna each had two hits for the Pirates.

Freeland, a rookie, lost for the first time in seven road starts by giving up five runs (four earned) and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. Freeland failed to pitch the past the sixth inning for just the second time in his last 10 starts and allowed a home run in a sixth consecutive outing.

''The sinker is my bread-and-butter pitch, especially against right-handed hitters, and they figured out the movement on it pretty quickly and barreled them up,'' Freeland said.

The NL West-leading Rockies dropped their second straight game following a seven-game winning streak. Pittsburgh won its third straight.

Freese hit an RBI double and scored on Andrew McCutchen's single in the third, extending the Pirates' lead to 4-0.

The Rockies got their first run in the sixth when Trevor Story broke an 0-for-15 skid with an RBI single, but the Pirates countered with a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to break the game open at 7-1.

Colorado's Nolan Arenado had three hits, and DJ LeMahieu and Pat Valaika added two each.

The Rockies went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 runners.

''That was uncharacteristic for us because we've swinging the bats well lately,'' Colorado manager Bud Black said. ''Sometimes, you just have games like this.''

BETTIS KNOWS

Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis is also recovering from testicular cancer. He spoke with Taillon on the phone last month and plans to visit with him before the three-game series ends Wednesday night.

''I guess it was meant to be for me to be here to see his first start back,'' Bettis said. ''It's a very positive step forward for him and I'm very happy.''

Bettis is also upbeat about his recovery. He rejoined the Rockies last week after his final round of chemotherapy in Phoenix and is currently throwing off flat ground from 120 feet.

BACK TO INDY

The Pirates optioned infielder Phil Gosselin to Triple-A Indianapolis to open a roster spot for Taillon, who was activated from the disabled list. Gosselin has hit .135 in 24 games during two stints with Pittsburgh this season.

FEELING A DRAFT

The Pirates selected right-hander Shane Baz from Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball, Texas with their first-round pick, 12th overall, in the amateur draft. The Rockies forfeited their first-round pick for signing left fielder Ian Desmond as a free agent.

UP NEXT

Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood (6-7, 4.37 ERA) starts Tuesday night against RHP Gerrit Cole (3-6, 4.83). Chatwood has won both his starts in June, allowing two runs in 14 innings. Cole is 1-3 with a 10.73 ERA in his past four starts, giving up 23 runs and 39 hits in 19 1/3 innings.

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PiratesPIT29-35
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  • W: J. Taillon (3-1)L: K. Freeland (7-4)
  • HR: PIT - J. Harrison (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Blackmon CF40100122.336.384.6231.0071.0
D. LeMahieu 2B50210012.284.348.372.7202.5
N. Arenado 3B50300012.289.348.549.8974.5
M. Reynolds 1B30000123.309.390.578.9680.0
C. Rusin P0000-000.400.400.400.000-
C. Gonzalez RF40000012.219.297.342.640-0.5
I. Desmond 1B31100112.284.313.387.7003.5
T. Story SS30110012.206.302.400.7021.5
S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Tapia LF00000100.105.261.158.4191.0
T. Wolters C40000003.292.397.358.7550.0
K. Freeland P20100010.273.304.455.7590.5
P. Valaika SS21200000.242.275.515.7914.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Moroff 2B22010102.105.250.158.4085.0
    J. Harrison LF42221101.311.381.481.86210.0
    G. Polanco RF50110005.250.321.366.6872.0
    D. Freese 3B51210022.265.369.417.7864.0
    J. Osuna 1B50200001.260.313.471.7842.0
    A. McCutchen CF41110102.251.330.433.7624.0
    E. Diaz C41100013.368.442.553.9941.5
    J. Mercer SS30100112.271.351.398.7491.5
    J. Taillon P10000000.091.091.091.1820.0
    W. LeBlanc P0000-000.200.200.200.000-
    a- J. Bell PH10100000.235.314.451.7651.0
    T. Watson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    b- J. Jaso PH00010100.240.336.400.7362.0
    E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Marinez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    • a-singled for LeBlanc in the 6th
    • b-walked for Watson in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - I. Desmond (5), P. Valaika (6)
    • RBI - D. LeMahieu (31), T. Story (23)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Story (9)
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Freese (5)
    • HR - J. Harrison (8)
    • SF - M. Moroff
    • SH - J. Taillon (2)
    • RBI - M. Moroff (4), J. Harrison 2 (22), G. Polanco (14), D. Freese (23), A. McCutchen (32), J. Jaso (15)
    • 2-Out RBI - G. Polanco (5)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - N. Arenado (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - K. Freeland, T. Story (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - J. Osuna, J. Mercer, D. Freese, M. Moroff
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Freeland (L, 7-4)5.29542313.451.37-3.5
    S. Oberg0.22221005.471.66-5.0
    C. Rusin1.20002102.310.941.5
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Freeland (L, 7-4)5.2
    S. Oberg0.2
    C. Rusin1.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Taillon (W, 3-1)5.05002502.901.3417.5
    W. LeBlanc1.02110104.031.160.5
    T. Watson1.03000104.451.550.5
    E. Santana1.00002104.502.501.5
    J. Marinez1.01110204.061.712.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Taillon (W, 3-1)5.0
    W. LeBlanc1.0
    T. Watson1.0
    E. Santana1.0
    J. Marinez1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - C. Rusin
    • HBP - K. Freeland (7)
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 97-59, S. Oberg 18-11, C. Rusin 23-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 11-4, S. Oberg 2-0
    • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 30, S. Oberg 5, C. Rusin 7
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Taillon (2), J. Marinez (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 82-49, W. LeBlanc 20-14, T. Watson 17-12, E. Santana 18-8, J. Marinez 16-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 5-4, W. LeBlanc 1-1, T. Watson 1-0, E. Santana 1-0, J. Marinez 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 21, W. LeBlanc 5, T. Watson 5, E. Santana 4, J. Marinez 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Blackmon CF40100122.336.384.6231.0071.0
    D. LeMahieu 2B50210012.284.348.372.7202.5
    N. Arenado 3B50300012.289.348.549.8974.5
    M. Reynolds 1B30000123.309.390.578.9680.0
    C. Rusin P0000-000.400.400.400.000-
    C. Gonzalez RF40000012.219.297.342.640-0.5
    I. Desmond 1B31100112.284.313.387.7003.5
    T. Story SS30110012.206.302.400.7021.5
    S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    R. Tapia LF00000100.105.261.158.4191.0
    T. Wolters C40000003.292.397.358.7550.0
    K. Freeland P20100010.273.304.455.7590.5
    P. Valaika SS21200000.242.275.515.7914.0
    Total373132041018-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Moroff 2B22010102.105.250.158.4085.0
      J. Harrison LF42221101.311.381.481.86210.0
      G. Polanco RF50110005.250.321.366.6872.0
      D. Freese 3B51210022.265.369.417.7864.0
      J. Osuna 1B50200001.260.313.471.7842.0
      A. McCutchen CF41110102.251.330.433.7624.0
      E. Diaz C41100013.368.442.553.9941.5
      J. Mercer SS30100112.271.351.398.7491.5
      J. Taillon P10000000.091.091.091.1820.0
      W. LeBlanc P0000-000.200.200.200.000-
      a- J. Bell PH10100000.235.314.451.7651.0
      T. Watson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      b- J. Jaso PH00010100.240.336.400.7362.0
      E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Marinez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      Total34711715418-----
      • a-singled for LeBlanc in the 6th
      • b-walked for Watson in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - I. Desmond (5), P. Valaika (6)
      • RBI - D. LeMahieu (31), T. Story (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Story (9)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Freese (5)
      • HR - J. Harrison (8)
      • SF - M. Moroff
      • SH - J. Taillon (2)
      • RBI - M. Moroff (4), J. Harrison 2 (22), G. Polanco (14), D. Freese (23), A. McCutchen (32), J. Jaso (15)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Polanco (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - N. Arenado (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - K. Freeland, T. Story (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - J. Osuna, J. Mercer, D. Freese, M. Moroff
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Freeland (L, 7-4)5.29542313.451.37-3.5
      S. Oberg0.22221005.471.66-5.0
      C. Rusin1.20002102.310.941.5
      Total8.01176541---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Freeland (L, 7-4)5.2
      S. Oberg0.2
      C. Rusin1.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Taillon (W, 3-1)5.05002502.901.3417.5
      W. LeBlanc1.02110104.031.160.5
      T. Watson1.03000104.451.550.5
      E. Santana1.00002104.502.501.5
      J. Marinez1.01110204.061.712.0
      Total9.011224100---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Taillon (W, 3-1)5.0
      W. LeBlanc1.0
      T. Watson1.0
      E. Santana1.0
      J. Marinez1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - C. Rusin
      • HBP - K. Freeland (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 97-59, S. Oberg 18-11, C. Rusin 23-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 11-4, S. Oberg 2-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 30, S. Oberg 5, C. Rusin 7
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Taillon (2), J. Marinez (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 82-49, W. LeBlanc 20-14, T. Watson 17-12, E. Santana 18-8, J. Marinez 16-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 5-4, W. LeBlanc 1-1, T. Watson 1-0, E. Santana 1-0, J. Marinez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 21, W. LeBlanc 5, T. Watson 5, E. Santana 4, J. Marinez 4
      • 9TH INNING
        LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop, Valaika scored27
      • 7TH INNING
        Moroff hit sacrifice fly to center, Diaz scored, Mercer to third, Jaso to second17
        Jaso walked, McCutchen scored, Diaz to third, Mercer to second16
      • 6TH INNING
        Polanco singled to left center, Moroff scored, Harrison to third15
        Story singled to left center, Desmond scored14
      • 3RD INNING
        McCutchen singled to left, Freese scored, Osuna to second04
        Freese doubled to right, Harrison scored03
      • 1ST INNING
        Harrison homered to left, Moroff scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jhan Marinez relieved Edgar Santana
        • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Valaika doubled to deep center
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Valaika to third on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop, Valaika scored
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Edgar Santana pitching
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Desmond walked
        • R. Tapia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Tapia walked, Desmond to second
        • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Wolters grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Tapia out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Rusin Pitching:
        • D. Freese: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
        • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Osuna lined out to left
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, McCutchen lined out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Tony Watson pitching
        • P. Valaika: Ball, Ball, Valaika singled to center
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Blackmon grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Valaika out at second
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Arenado singled to right center, LeMahieu to third
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Oberg Pitching:
        • J. Osuna: Osuna singled to center
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, McCutchen reached on fielder's choice to third, Osuna out at second
        • E. Diaz: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Diaz singled to right, McCutchen to second
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mercer walked, McCutchen to third, Diaz to second
        • John Jaso hit for Tony Watson
        • Chris Rusin pitching
        • Raimel Tapia in left
        • J. Jaso: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jaso walked, McCutchen scored, Diaz to third, Mercer to second
        • M. Moroff: Moroff hit sacrifice fly to center, Diaz scored, Mercer to third, Jaso to second
        • J. Harrison: Harrison intentionally walked
        • G. Polanco: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Polanco popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Wade LeBlanc relieved Jameson Taillon
        • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Desmond doubled to shallow right
        • T. Story: Ball, Story singled to left center, Desmond scored
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Wolters flied out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Mercer struck out on foul tip
        • Josh Bell hit for Wade LeBlanc
        • J. Bell: Ball, Bell singled to left center
        • M. Moroff: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Moroff reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bell out at second
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Harrison singled to left center, Moroff to third
        • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Polanco singled to left center, Moroff scored, Harrison to third
        • Patrick Valaika at shortstop
        • Scott Oberg pitching
        • D. Freese: Strike looking, Freese reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Polanco out at second
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Wolters grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Freeland: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeland struck out swinging
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon singled to right center
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, LeMahieu singled to center, Blackmon to second
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Blackmon to third on wild pitch, Arenado flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • D. Freese: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
        • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Osuna grounded out to second
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen walked
        • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado singled to right
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked, Arenado to second
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez popped out to second
        • I. Desmond: Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Desmond struck out on foul tip
        • T. Story: Story popped out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • J. Taillon: Ball, Taillon grounded out to second
        • M. Moroff: Ball, Moroff hit by pitch
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike looking, Harrison lined out to center
        • G. Polanco: Moroff to third on Freeland fielding error, Polanco popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wolters grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Freeland reached on an infield single to third
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon walked, Freeland to second
        • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu grounded into double play third to second to first, Blackmon out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Harrison safe at first on shortstop Story fielding error
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Polanco grounded out to second, Harrison to second
        • D. Freese: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Freese doubled to right, Harrison scored
        • J. Osuna: Ball, Ball, Osuna singled to right, Freese to third
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen singled to left, Freese scored, Osuna to second
        • E. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Diaz reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Osuna out at third, McCutchen to second
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Mercer reached on fielder's choice to third, Diaz out at second
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Desmond grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to second
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Mercer singled to right
        • J. Taillon: Taillon hit sacrifice bunt to first, Mercer to second
        • M. Moroff: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Moroff grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Blackmon struck out looking
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, LeMahieu struck out on foul tip
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Arenado singled to center
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Arenado stole second, Ball, Reynolds lined out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • M. Moroff: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moroff walked
        • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Harrison homered to left, Moroff scored
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Polanco popped out to shortstop
        • D. Freese: Strike looking, Freese singled to center
        • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Ball, Osuna lined out to right
        • A. McCutchen: Strike swinging, McCutchen grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)