Jaso's pinch-hit homer powers Pirates by Rockies 5-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) The first two months of the season were a mess for Andrew McCutchen and John Jaso, a mish-mash of strikeouts and missed opportunities.

A change of scenery appears to have done more than a bit of good for both. The rest of the Pittsburgh Pirates, too.

Jaso drilled a pinch-hit two-run homer off Colorado's Adam Ottavino (0-1) in the seventh inning to break a tie and the resurgent McCutchen went deep twice as the Pirates pulled away from the Rockies late in a 5-2 victory Tuesday night.

''I know that nerves can get in there and adrenaline, so just keep that calm and it becomes another at-bat like you started the game,'' said Jaso, who is now primarily coming off the bench after splitting time between first base and the outfield earlier in the year.

Jaso improved to 6 of 9 with two home runs and seven RBIs in his last nine appearances as a pinch-hitter when he took a 1-0 pitch from Ottavino and bounced it off the fence in center field to put the Pirates ahead to stay. McCutchen provided some insurance with a two-run shot off Jordan Lyles in the eighth for his second home run of the game and the 13th multi-homer game of his career.

''I'm not trying to hit home runs, just put a good swing on the ball,'' McCutchen said.

McCutchen is hitting .396 with four home runs and 13 RBIs since being dropped from third to sixth in the batting order on May 26 to raise his batting average from .206 to .255. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has no immediate plans on returning McCutchen to his customary spot in the three-hole.

''I don't have any concept on why we would move him right now based on the way he's swinging right now,'' Hurdle said. ''Just leave him alone. ''

Gerrit Cole (4-6) broke out of a funk to allow just one run in seven strong innings . Pittsburgh's ace came in with an 8.84 ERA in his previous four starts but allowed just three hits, striking out three and walking three. The Pirates have won a season-high four straight following a four-game losing streak that dropped them to last in the NL Central.

Tony Wolters had two hits and an RBI for the Rockies. Trevor Story drove in a run and scored for Colorado. The NL West-leading Rockies have dropped three consecutive games for the first time this season. Colorado arrived in Pittsburgh with the most road victories in the majors (24) but their offense has gone quiet at PNC Park while managing three runs combined in back-to-back losses.

''It was kind of tough tonight,'' Story said. ''(Cole) has electric stuff. You know it's gonna be a battle against guys like that.''

Tyler Chatwood matched Cole for six innings, his lone mistake a pitch McCutchen sent into the left field stands in the fourth. Chatwood allowed six hits, struck out five and walked one and has a 1.00 ERA in his last four road starts.

LORD STANLEY VISITS

Captain Sidney Crosby and several other members of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins stopped by PNC Park before the game and they brought the Cup with them. The Penguins set up the Cup in the Pirates clubhouse before the first pitch while players from both teams grabbed a quick celebratory photo.

The Penguins, including Crosby, Phil Kessel, Marc-Andre Fleury, Patric Hornqvist and Jake Guentzel, were saluted by the crowd before Crosby threw out the first pitch, a strike to teammate Ron Hainsey.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: LF Gerardo Parra's strained right quadriceps is worse than the team originally thought. Manager Bud Black said Parra, who went on the DL on June 7, will be out longer than anticipated. ... RHP Tyler Anderson (left knee inflammation) threw 52 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday. The team will wait until Wednesday before making a decision on when and where Anderson will make a rehab start. ... RHP Jon Gray (stress fracture left foot) will make a rehab start for Class-A Asheville on Wednesday.

Pirates: Cs Francisco Cervelli (concussion) and Chris Stewart (strained left hamstring) both threw and hit on Tuesday. Cervelli is eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Rockies: German Marquez (4-3, 4.44 ERA) will try to bounce back from his shortest start of the season when he faces the Pirates for the first time in his career on Wednesday. Marquez went just three innings against the Chicago Cubs last Friday, though Colorado rallied to win 5-3.

Pirates: Chad Kuhl (1-5, 5.63) looks for his first win in over two months on Wednesday. Kuhl hasn't gone longer than five innings in any of his last nine starts.

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  • W: G. Cole (4-6)L: A. Ottavino (0-1)
  • HR: PIT - A. McCutchen 2 (11), J. Jaso (4)
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D. LeMahieu 2B40100010.283.347.370.7170.5
N. Arenado 3B40000002.284.343.541.8840.0
M. Reynolds 1B31000111.305.388.571.9581.5
C. Gonzalez RF40000011.215.292.336.629-0.5
I. Desmond LF30000111.278.311.380.6910.5
T. Story SS21110200.209.310.401.7115.0
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Wolters in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Chatwood in the 7th
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J. Harrison 2B40000031.305.375.473.848-1.5
G. Polanco RF40100010.250.320.364.6830.5
D. Freese 3B40200011.271.372.419.7911.5
J. Bell 1B31100102.236.317.449.7663.0
A. McCutchen CF42232002.255.332.460.79213.0
E. Diaz C40000001.333.404.500.9040.0
J. Mercer SS21200100.278.359.408.7675.0
G. Cole P10000002.091.091.091.1820.0
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  • a-homered for Cole in the 7th
BATTING
  • SH - T. Chatwood (5)
  • RBI - T. Story (24), T. Wolters (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Story (10), T. Wolters (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Mercer (10)
  • HR - A. McCutchen 2 (11), J. Jaso (4)
  • SH - G. Cole (4)
  • RBI - A. McCutchen 3 (35), J. Jaso 2 (17)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. McCutchen 3 (13)
FIELDING
  • E - G. Cole 2 (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Chatwood6.06111514.161.2815.5
A. Ottavino (L, 0-1)1.02220213.131.39-5.0
J. Lyles1.01221117.061.40-0.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Chatwood6.0
A. Ottavino (L, 0-1)1.0
J. Lyles1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Cole (W, 4-6)7.03113304.541.3025.5
J. Nicasio (H, 13)1.00000201.231.064.0
F. Rivero1.01111100.780.720.5
PITCHERSIP
G. Cole (W, 4-6)7.0
J. Nicasio (H, 13)1.0
F. Rivero1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - T. Chatwood
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Chatwood 79-51, A. Ottavino 19-12, J. Lyles 17-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Chatwood 7-5, A. Ottavino 1-0, J. Lyles 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Chatwood 24, A. Ottavino 5, J. Lyles 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 100-60, J. Nicasio 17-14, F. Rivero 20-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 10-8, F. Rivero 2-0
  • Batters Faced - G. Cole 27, J. Nicasio 3, F. Rivero 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. LeMahieu 2B40100010.283.347.370.7170.5
N. Arenado 3B40000002.284.343.541.8840.0
M. Reynolds 1B31000111.305.388.571.9581.5
C. Gonzalez RF40000011.215.292.336.629-0.5
I. Desmond LF30000111.278.311.380.6910.5
T. Story SS21110200.209.310.401.7115.0
T. Wolters C30210002.301.403.366.7693.0
a- P. Valaika PH10000000.239.271.507.7790.0
T. Chatwood P10000001.208.208.250.4580.0
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Wolters in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Chatwood in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier LF40000031.288.358.400.758-1.5
J. Harrison 2B40000031.305.375.473.848-1.5
G. Polanco RF40100010.250.320.364.6830.5
D. Freese 3B40200011.271.372.419.7911.5
J. Bell 1B31100102.236.317.449.7663.0
A. McCutchen CF42232002.255.332.460.79213.0
E. Diaz C40000001.333.404.500.9040.0
J. Mercer SS21200100.278.359.408.7675.0
G. Cole P10000002.091.091.091.1820.0
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  • a-homered for Cole in the 7th
BATTING
  • SH - T. Chatwood (5)
  • RBI - T. Story (24), T. Wolters (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Story (10), T. Wolters (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Mercer (10)
  • HR - A. McCutchen 2 (11), J. Jaso (4)
  • SH - G. Cole (4)
  • RBI - A. McCutchen 3 (35), J. Jaso 2 (17)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. McCutchen 3 (13)
FIELDING
  • E - G. Cole 2 (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Chatwood6.06111514.161.2815.5
A. Ottavino (L, 0-1)1.02220213.131.39-5.0
J. Lyles1.01221117.061.40-0.5
Total8.0955283---
PITCHERSIP
T. Chatwood6.0
A. Ottavino (L, 0-1)1.0
J. Lyles1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Cole (W, 4-6)7.03113304.541.3025.5
J. Nicasio (H, 13)1.00000201.231.064.0
F. Rivero1.01111100.780.720.5
Total9.0422460---
PITCHERSIP
G. Cole (W, 4-6)7.0
J. Nicasio (H, 13)1.0
F. Rivero1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - T. Chatwood
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Chatwood 79-51, A. Ottavino 19-12, J. Lyles 17-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Chatwood 7-5, A. Ottavino 1-0, J. Lyles 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Chatwood 24, A. Ottavino 5, J. Lyles 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 100-60, J. Nicasio 17-14, F. Rivero 20-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 10-8, F. Rivero 2-0
  • Batters Faced - G. Cole 27, J. Nicasio 3, F. Rivero 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Story singled to center, Reynolds scored25
  • 8TH INNING
    McCutchen homered to left, Bell scored15
  • 7TH INNING
    Jaso homered to center, Mercer scored13
  • 5TH INNING
    Wolters singled to center, Story scored, Wolters to second11
  • 4TH INNING
    McCutchen homered to left01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Felipe Rivero relieved Juan Nicasio
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Desmond grounded out to pitcher, Reynolds to second
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Story singled to center, Reynolds scored
    • Patrick Valaika hit for Tony Wolters
    • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Valaika reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Story out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Juan Nicasio pitching
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, LeMahieu struck out on foul tip
    • N. Arenado: Arenado flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jordan Lyles relieved Adam Ottavino
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Polanco lined out to center
    • D. Freese: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bell walked
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen homered to left, Bell scored
    • E. Diaz: Diaz grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Desmond walked
    • T. Story: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Story walked, Desmond to second
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Wolters grounded out to first, Desmond to third, Story to second
    • Alexi Amarista hit for Tyler Chatwood
    • A. Amarista: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Amarista struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Adam Ottavino pitching
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz grounded out to first
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Mercer singled to shallow left
    • John Jaso hit for Gerrit Cole
    • J. Jaso: Ball, Jaso homered to center, Mercer scored
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon flied out to deep left
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu safe at first on Cole fielding error, LeMahieu to second
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Arenado flied out to deep right, LeMahieu to third
    • M. Reynolds: Reynolds popped out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • D. Freese: Foul, Strike looking, Freese reached on an infield single to second
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bell grounded out to first, Freese to second
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, McCutchen lined out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez lined out to left
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Ball, Desmond grounded out to pitcher
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Story walked
    • T. Wolters: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Wolters singled to center, Story scored, Wolters to second
    • T. Chatwood: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Chatwood grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mercer doubled to left
    • G. Cole: Cole hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Mercer to third
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
    • J. Harrison: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Harrison struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu lined out to right
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Arenado grounded out to third
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Foul, Freese singled to right
    • J. Bell: Bell grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Freese out at second
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, McCutchen homered to left
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Story lined out to second
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wolters singled to center
    • T. Chatwood: Chatwood hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Wolters to second
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon lined out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Harrison flied out to deep right
    • G. Polanco: Polanco popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reynolds grounded out to third
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Ball, Foul, Bell singled to shallow left center
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, McCutchen grounded out to pitcher, Bell to second
    • E. Diaz: Diaz lined out to center
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Mercer intentionally walked
    • G. Cole: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cole grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon flied out to left
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu singled to right
    • N. Arenado: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Arenado grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, LeMahieu out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Frazier lined out to left
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Harrison struck out on foul tip
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Polanco singled to right center
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Freese grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)