Rockies quiet Pirates 5-1 to end 3-game losing streak

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Colorado Rockies, road warriors?

Believe it.

Ian Desmond hit his fourth home run of the season and rookie German Marquez pitched effectively into the sixth inning as the surprising Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Marquez (5-3) gave up one run and four hits in five-plus innings as Colorado avoided being swept for the first time this season. Raimel Tapia went 4 for 4 and scored three times for the Rockies. Jake McGee bailed Colorado out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the seventh.

The Rockies have won a major-league best 25 games on the road.

''They persevere, they stay at it,'' manager Bud Black said. ''There's sort of a quiet tenacity to our group.''

The Pirates managed just one extra-base hit and left eight men on as their season-high four-game winning streak came to an end.

Chad Kuhl (1-6) remained winless since April 8. He gave up three runs in five innings and his ERA sits at 5.61 through 12 starts, though he's improved of late. Kuhl's ERA is 3.60 over his last three appearances. Manager Clint Hurdle plans on keeping Kuhl in the rotation for now.

''As far as the battle, the fight, it was there,'' Hurdle said. ''Talking about 3-0 (when Kuhl exits). Yeah it's not what you're looking for leaving the clubhouse, then again it's not like he got barreled up.''

The Rockies are one of the biggest surprises in the majors, fueled by a starting rotation dotted with rookies and a newfound competence away from Coors Field. The 22-year-old Marquez is helping lead the way. He improved to 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA on the road after keeping the surging Pirates in check then relying on the bullpen to do the rest.

''He was a little erratic at times, but the stuff was good and he made some pitches when he needed to,'' Black said.

Marquez bounced back from the shortest outing of his brief career (three innings in a loss to the Chicago Cubs last Friday) to work into the sixth. By then the Rockies already had a 3-0 lead.

Desmond sent a pitch from Kuhl just over the reach of left fielder John Jaso with one out in the second to put Colorado up. The Rockies added two more in the fifth. Desmond led off with a walk and scored on Trevor Story's RBI-single. Tapia then darted home when Pittsburgh first baseman Josh Bell couldn't field Marquez's sacrifice bunt.

The Pirates had a chance to get back in it in the seventh, loading the bases with one out. McGee came on and got Adam Frazier to fly out to center then struck out Josh Harrison on three pitches.

''Five, six and seven we're out there,'' Hurdle said. ''If we get one of those innings to click, it's a different game.''

Pittsburgh didn't threaten again as Colorado won for just the third time in its last 14 games at PNC Park.

HOT HEADS

The benches cleared briefly in the fifth after Marquez hit Pittsburgh catcher Francisco Cervelli in the left arm with a pitch. Cervelli, activated off the 10-day DL earlier in the day after recovering from a concussion, exchanged words with Colorado catcher Tony Wolters. Players and coaches made their way onto the field but quickly dispersed.

''When you get hit at 98 you get scared man,'' Cervelli said. ''As a catcher, your job is avoid the fight and not just be talking and looking for fights, that's it.''

CARGO BENCHED

Black is giving struggling outfielder Carlos Gonzalez a break hoping it will help him break out of an extended funk. Gonzalez, a three-time All-Star, is hitting just .215 this season and is 0 for 24 over his last seven games.

''You can look at the numbers and they're not good right now,'' Black said. ''But he's going to come out of it.''

TRADE COMPLETED

The Pirates shipped minor-league pitcher Matt Frawley to the New York Yankees to complete the April 17 trade that sent reliever Johnny Barbato to Pittsburgh. The 21-year-old Frawley was 3-1 with three saves and a 1.62 ERA for Pittsburgh's Class-A affiliate West Virginia.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: LHP Antonino Bastardo (left squad strain) will stay in Triple-A for the time being as he works his way back. Bastardo, out since mid-May, has allowed three runs in 7 1/3 innings across seven appearances for the Indians.

UP NEXT

Rockies: Begin a seven-game homestand on Thursday against San Francisco. Colorado rookie Jeff Hoffman (4-0, 2.33) will look for his fifth straight victory. Matt Moore (2-7, 5.28) starts for the Giants.

Pirates: Are off Thursday and open a three-game home set with the Cubs on Friday. Trevor Williams (3-3, 5.13 ERA) faces Eddie Butler (3-2, 4.03) in the opener.

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  • HR: COL - I. Desmond (4)
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  • b-hit a sacrifice fly (foul territory) for McGee in the 9th
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  • a-grounded out for Kuhl in the 5th
  • b-walked for Hudson in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Marinez in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Tapia (2)
  • HR - I. Desmond (4)
  • SF - P. Valaika
  • SH - T. Wolters, G. Marquez (4)
  • RBI - I. Desmond (20), T. Story (25), G. Marquez (4), A. Amarista (15), P. Valaika (11)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Frazier (8)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - R. Tapia
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Frazier (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - T. Story, C. Rusin, M. Reynolds, G. Marquez
FIELDING
  • E - J. Bell (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Marquez (W, 5-3)5.04111204.191.4017.0
C. Rusin (H, 5)1.01000002.250.942.0
A. Ottavino (H, 17)0.11001103.091.46-1.5
J. McGee (H, 8)1.20001101.320.802.5
G. Holland1.00000101.090.853.5
PITCHERSIP
G. Marquez (W, 5-3)5.0
C. Rusin (H, 5)1.0
A. Ottavino (H, 17)0.1
J. McGee (H, 8)1.2
G. Holland1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kuhl (L, 1-6)5.04331315.611.533.5
E. Santana1.12111205.402.400.0
D. Hudson0.20000105.201.450.5
T. Watson1.00000204.301.504.0
J. Marinez1.02110004.221.720.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Kuhl (L, 1-6)5.0
E. Santana1.1
D. Hudson0.2
T. Watson1.0
J. Marinez1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - G. Marquez (3)
  • HBP - G. Marquez (3), A. Ottavino (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 82-53, C. Rusin 11-7, A. Ottavino 18-7, J. McGee 20-12, G. Holland 11-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 4-8, C. Rusin 2-0, J. McGee 1-3
  • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 20, C. Rusin 3, A. Ottavino 4, J. McGee 6, G. Holland 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kuhl 75-51, E. Santana 23-16, D. Hudson 8-5, T. Watson 12-9, J. Marinez 18-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kuhl 9-3, E. Santana 1-1, J. Marinez 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Kuhl 20, E. Santana 7, D. Hudson 2, T. Watson 3, J. Marinez 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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N. Arenado 3B40000010.280.338.533.870-0.5
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  • a-singled for Rusin in the 7th
  • b-hit a sacrifice fly (foul territory) for McGee in the 9th
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J. Harrison 3B40100014.305.374.469.8430.5
G. Polanco RF40000012.244.313.356.669-0.5
J. Jaso LF40100001.246.338.423.7611.0
J. Bell 1B30000101.233.316.443.7591.0
A. McCutchen CF40100011.255.331.456.7870.5
F. Cervelli C30100000.253.346.392.7392.0
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  • a-grounded out for Kuhl in the 5th
  • b-walked for Hudson in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Marinez in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Tapia (2)
  • HR - I. Desmond (4)
  • SF - P. Valaika
  • SH - T. Wolters, G. Marquez (4)
  • RBI - I. Desmond (20), T. Story (25), G. Marquez (4), A. Amarista (15), P. Valaika (11)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Frazier (8)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - R. Tapia
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Frazier (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - T. Story, C. Rusin, M. Reynolds, G. Marquez
FIELDING
  • E - J. Bell (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Marquez (W, 5-3)5.04111204.191.4017.0
C. Rusin (H, 5)1.01000002.250.942.0
A. Ottavino (H, 17)0.11001103.091.46-1.5
J. McGee (H, 8)1.20001101.320.802.5
G. Holland1.00000101.090.853.5
Total9.0611350---
PITCHERSIP
G. Marquez (W, 5-3)5.0
C. Rusin (H, 5)1.0
A. Ottavino (H, 17)0.1
J. McGee (H, 8)1.2
G. Holland1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kuhl (L, 1-6)5.04331315.611.533.5
E. Santana1.12111205.402.400.0
D. Hudson0.20000105.201.450.5
T. Watson1.00000204.301.504.0
J. Marinez1.02110004.221.720.0
Total9.0855281---
PITCHERSIP
C. Kuhl (L, 1-6)5.0
E. Santana1.1
D. Hudson0.2
T. Watson1.0
J. Marinez1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - G. Marquez (3)
  • HBP - G. Marquez (3), A. Ottavino (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 82-53, C. Rusin 11-7, A. Ottavino 18-7, J. McGee 20-12, G. Holland 11-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 4-8, C. Rusin 2-0, J. McGee 1-3
  • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 20, C. Rusin 3, A. Ottavino 4, J. McGee 6, G. Holland 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kuhl 75-51, E. Santana 23-16, D. Hudson 8-5, T. Watson 12-9, J. Marinez 18-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kuhl 9-3, E. Santana 1-1, J. Marinez 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Kuhl 20, E. Santana 7, D. Hudson 2, T. Watson 3, J. Marinez 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Valaika hit sacrifice fly to left, Tapia scored51
  • 7TH INNING
    Amarista singled to right, Tapia scored, Wolters to third41
  • 6TH INNING
    Harrison grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Frazier scored, Harrison out at second31
  • 5TH INNING
    Marquez safe at first on 1st baseman Bell fielding error, Tapia scored, Wolters to second30
    Story singled to left, Desmond scored, Tapia to second20
  • 2ND INNING
    Desmond homered to left10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jhan Marinez relieved Tony Watson
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Tapia reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Story reached on an infield single to third, Tapia to second
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Foul, Wolters hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Tapia to third, Story to second
    • Patrick Valaika hit for Jake McGee
    • P. Valaika: Strike swinging, Foul, Valaika hit sacrifice fly to left, Tapia scored
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Blackmon grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Greg Holland pitching
    • F. Cervelli: Strike swinging, Cervelli flied out to right
    • M. Moroff: Ball, Moroff flied out to left
    • Elias Diaz hit for Jhan Marinez
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Tony Watson pitching
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Arenado popped out to second
    • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Reynolds struck out looking
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. McGee Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Strike (foul tip), Polanco flied out to left
    • J. Jaso: Strike looking, Jaso grounded out to second
    • J. Bell: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bell walked
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Foul, Ball, McCutchen flied out to right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • E. Santana Pitching:
    • R. Tapia: Strike (foul tip), Tapia doubled to left
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Story flied out to deep right, Tapia to third
    • T. Wolters: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wolters walked
    • Alexi Amarista hit for Chris Rusin
    • A. Amarista: Strike looking, Foul, Amarista singled to right, Tapia scored, Wolters to third
    • Daniel Hudson relieved Edgar Santana
    • C. Blackmon: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Blackmon popped out to shortstop
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Adam Ottavino pitching
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cervelli singled to center
    • M. Moroff: Strike swinging, Ball, Moroff hit by pitch, Cervelli to second
    • David Freese hit for Daniel Hudson
    • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freese walked, Cervelli to third, Moroff to second
    • Jake McGee relieved Adam Ottavino
    • A. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Frazier flied out to center
    • J. Harrison: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Edgar Santana pitching
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado grounded out to third
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Frazier doubled to left center
    • J. Harrison: In play
    • Harrison grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Frazier scored, Harrison out at second
    • J. Jaso: Strike looking, Ball, Jaso singled to center
    • J. Bell: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Bell grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Desmond walked
    • R. Tapia: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Tapia reached on an infield single to shortstop, Desmond to second
    • T. Story: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Story singled to left, Desmond scored, Tapia to second
    • T. Wolters: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Wolters reached on fielder's choice to second, Tapia to third, Story out at second
    • G. Marquez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Marquez safe at first on 1st baseman Bell fielding error, Tapia scored, Wolters to second
    • C. Blackmon: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Blackmon lined out to right
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Marquez out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Bell fouled out to third
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Foul, McCutchen singled to center
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Cervelli hit by pitch, McCutchen to second
    • M. Moroff: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Moroff lined out to left
    • Jose Osuna hit for Chad Kuhl
    • J. Osuna: Ball, McCutchen to third, Cervelli to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Osuna grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Arenado: Arenado lined out to center
    • M. Reynolds: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Harrison grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco flied out to right
    • J. Jaso: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Jaso flied out to deep center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
    • G. Marquez: Strike looking, Marquez grounded out to second
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon flied out to shallow center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • M. Moroff: Ball, Moroff singled to right
    • C. Kuhl: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Kuhl grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Moroff out at second
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to third
    • I. Desmond: Desmond homered to left
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Ball, Tapia singled to center
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Tapia caught stealing, catcher to second, Story grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Bell grounded out to first
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, McCutchen popped out to third
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Cervelli lined out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon grounded out to shortstop
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, LeMahieu struck out on foul tip
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier walked
    • J. Harrison: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Harrison flied out to deep left
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Frazier stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • J. Jaso: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jaso flied out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)