Freeland's arm, Rockies' bats key 13-3 win over Pirates

DENVER (AP) A two-week stretch between starts didn't seem to bother rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland.

Freeland pitched six strong innings in his first start since taking a no-hitter into the ninth the day before the All-Star break, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-3 on Sunday.

Trevor Story, pinch-hitter Pat Valaika and Mark Reynolds backed him by hitting two-run homers during a seven-run sixth. Reynolds connected for a second homer in the eighth, his second multihomer game of the season and 25th of his career.

Freeland (10-7), whose July 9 no-hit bid against the Chicago White Sox was broken up by Melky Cabrera's one-out single in the ninth, allowed two runs on six hits while striking out three and walking two. He moved into a tie with teammate Antonio Senzatela for most wins among major league rookies this season.

''I felt like I could just jump right back in. I felt like I hadn't missed a beat,'' said Freeland, who threw three hitless innings between starts in his first career relief appearance July 15 against the New York Mets.

Freeland pounded the low zone with his sinker, fastball and slider and induced one groundout after another from Pirates batters, who didn't have a hit reach the outfield until Josh Harrison's double leading off the fourth.

''He kept the ball down,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''Even with his misses, he kept attacking and he didn't try to change his plan.

''If you keep hitting the ball to (All-Star third baseman Nolan) Arenado, that's usually not a recipe for success.''

Indeed, in Freeland's final inning, after giving up a leadoff homer to David Freese and walking Josh Bell, he retired three consecutive batters on grounders to Arenado.

''He creates top-hit action because his stuff is lively down in the zone,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''He has the ability to pitch up and in at times and he's got to do that to keep them honest. But his bread and butter is down, and we saw that today.''

Freeland also benefited from a surging Colorado offense that has averaged 10.6 runs over the last seven games.

''Our offense came out banging today,'' Freeland said. ''We got runs early and then we opened up the flood gates. They didn't stop.''

Charlie Blackmon also homered among his three hits and Arenado had a pair of hits and three RBIs in helping the Rockies take two of three for their first series win against Pittsburgh in three years.

Bell and Starling Marte had run-scoring singles for the Pirates.

Leading 5-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Rockies put together their second-biggest inning of the season -they scored eight runs on two occasions - by sending 11 men to the plate and pounding out six of their 15 hits in the game.

Carlos Gonzalez had two hits in the inning, including a leadoff single. Story followed with a home run that chased Ivan Nova (10-7). Reliever Wade LeBlanc then walked Ryan Hannigan before Valaika drove the first pitch he saw into the left-field bleachers for his eighth home run.

Arenado hit a one-out RBI single ahead of Reynolds' homer, his 21st of the season that pushed the Rockies' lead to 10 runs.

Nova went five-plus innings and allowed a season-high seven runs on nine hits. He dropped to 0-3 with a 9.45 ERA in four career starts against Colorado.

''I missed a lot of pitches today up in the zone, in the middle of the plate and you can't do that against a lineup like this,'' Nova said. ''But you have to able to turn the page.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: OF Gerardo Parra was held out of the starting lineup for a second consecutive game after aggravating a bruised right calf when he fouled a pitch off his lower leg Wednesday against San Diego. ... RHP Tyler Chatwood (right calf strain) is slated to pitch a simulated game Monday in St. Louis, where the team opens a three-game set.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Gerrit Cole (7-7, 4.18 ERA) is 4-1 with a 3.05 ERA over his last seven starts. His only loss in that span was June 30 to San Francisco, where he's slated to pitch Monday's opener of a three-game set.

Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (10-3, 4.67 ERA) will try to move back ahead of Freeland for the rookie wins lead and will be going for his second against the Cardinals in Monday's series opener at St. Louis. He pitched eight shutout innings in his previous outing against the Cardinals on May 26.

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COL58-42
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  • W: K. Freeland (10-7)L: I. Nova (10-7)
  • HR: PIT - D. Freese (7), COL - M. Reynolds 2 (22), C. Blackmon (24), T. Story (13), P. Valaika (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Marte LF-CF50210001.272.318.358.6763.0
J. Harrison 2B-3B51300001.277.355.432.7875.0
A. McCutchen CF30000022.292.384.507.891-1.0
a- A. Frazier PH-2B20100003.267.345.365.7102.0
D. Freese 3B31111101.251.385.372.7587.0
J. Marinez P10000010.167.167.333.500-0.5
J. Bell 1B40110113.248.326.484.8102.5
J. Osuna RF51200001.248.290.451.7413.0
F. Cervelli C20000101.271.365.413.7781.0
C. Stewart C00000100.214.276.286.5621.0
J. Mercer SS30100004.262.338.415.7531.0
W. LeBlanc P0000-000.200.200.200.000-
D. Hudson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Jaso LF10000012.221.308.405.713-0.5
I. Nova P10000010.026.026.026.051-0.5
M. Moroff SS20000012.123.227.193.420-0.5
  • a-doubled for A. McCutchen in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF52321000.331.384.6221.00610.0
A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Dunn P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. LeMahieu 2B32100111.311.370.394.7644.5
N. Arenado 3B51230021.314.361.590.9515.0
M. Reynolds 1B52332011.286.375.525.90013.5
I. Desmond LF50110023.286.330.390.7201.0
C. Gonzalez RF51200013.226.302.345.6473.5
T. Story SS32121101.233.313.425.7389.0
R. Hanigan C32100100.257.312.357.6694.0
K. Freeland P20000012.205.225.308.533-0.5
a- P. Valaika PH11121000.256.285.538.8237.0
S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Amarista PH-CF10000000.258.282.383.6660.0
  • a-homered for Freeland in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Oberg in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Harrison (19), A. Frazier (12)
  • HR - D. Freese (7)
  • SH - I. Nova (7)
  • RBI - S. Marte (9), D. Freese (30), J. Bell (54)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte (5), J. Bell (19)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Gonzalez (16)
  • HR - C. Blackmon (24), M. Reynolds 2 (22), T. Story (13), P. Valaika (8)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (69), N. Arenado 3 (86), M. Reynolds 3 (70), I. Desmond (32), T. Story 2 (46), P. Valaika 2 (26)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Reynolds (26)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (L, 10-7)5.09771523.621.16-4.5
W. LeBlanc0.24552124.761.27-10.5
D. Hudson0.10000004.081.390.0
J. Marinez2.02110213.881.604.0
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (L, 10-7)5.0
W. LeBlanc0.2
D. Hudson0.1
J. Marinez2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (W, 10-7)6.06222313.641.3719.5
S. Oberg1.02001105.721.700.5
A. Ottavino1.03111205.661.66-1.0
M. Dunn1.00000104.681.503.5
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (W, 10-7)6.0
S. Oberg1.0
A. Ottavino1.0
M. Dunn1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - I. Nova (4), W. LeBlanc (2)
  • HBP - I. Nova (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 81-56, W. LeBlanc 28-15, D. Hudson 6-3, J. Marinez 24-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 6-3, W. LeBlanc 1-0, D. Hudson 1-0, J. Marinez 2-2
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 25, W. LeBlanc 8, D. Hudson, J. Marinez 8
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 108-63, S. Oberg 23-13, A. Ottavino 30-18, M. Dunn 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 14-1, S. Oberg 2-0, M. Dunn 1-1
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 26, S. Oberg 6, A. Ottavino 7, M. Dunn 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Marte LF-CF50210001.272.318.358.6763.0
J. Harrison 2B-3B51300001.277.355.432.7875.0
A. McCutchen CF30000022.292.384.507.891-1.0
a- A. Frazier PH-2B20100003.267.345.365.7102.0
D. Freese 3B31111101.251.385.372.7587.0
J. Marinez P10000010.167.167.333.500-0.5
J. Bell 1B40110113.248.326.484.8102.5
J. Osuna RF51200001.248.290.451.7413.0
F. Cervelli C20000101.271.365.413.7781.0
C. Stewart C00000100.214.276.286.5621.0
J. Mercer SS30100004.262.338.415.7531.0
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I. Nova P10000010.026.026.026.051-0.5
M. Moroff SS20000012.123.227.193.420-0.5
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  • a-doubled for A. McCutchen in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF52321000.331.384.6221.00610.0
A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Dunn P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. LeMahieu 2B32100111.311.370.394.7644.5
N. Arenado 3B51230021.314.361.590.9515.0
M. Reynolds 1B52332011.286.375.525.90013.5
I. Desmond LF50110023.286.330.390.7201.0
C. Gonzalez RF51200013.226.302.345.6473.5
T. Story SS32121101.233.313.425.7389.0
R. Hanigan C32100100.257.312.357.6694.0
K. Freeland P20000012.205.225.308.533-0.5
a- P. Valaika PH11121000.256.285.538.8237.0
S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Amarista PH-CF10000000.258.282.383.6660.0
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  • a-homered for Freeland in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Oberg in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Harrison (19), A. Frazier (12)
  • HR - D. Freese (7)
  • SH - I. Nova (7)
  • RBI - S. Marte (9), D. Freese (30), J. Bell (54)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte (5), J. Bell (19)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Gonzalez (16)
  • HR - C. Blackmon (24), M. Reynolds 2 (22), T. Story (13), P. Valaika (8)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon 2 (69), N. Arenado 3 (86), M. Reynolds 3 (70), I. Desmond (32), T. Story 2 (46), P. Valaika 2 (26)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Reynolds (26)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (L, 10-7)5.09771523.621.16-4.5
W. LeBlanc0.24552124.761.27-10.5
D. Hudson0.10000004.081.390.0
J. Marinez2.02110213.881.604.0
Total8.0151313385---
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (L, 10-7)5.0
W. LeBlanc0.2
D. Hudson0.1
J. Marinez2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (W, 10-7)6.06222313.641.3719.5
S. Oberg1.02001105.721.700.5
A. Ottavino1.03111205.661.66-1.0
M. Dunn1.00000104.681.503.5
Total9.01133471---
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (W, 10-7)6.0
S. Oberg1.0
A. Ottavino1.0
M. Dunn1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - I. Nova (4), W. LeBlanc (2)
  • HBP - I. Nova (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 81-56, W. LeBlanc 28-15, D. Hudson 6-3, J. Marinez 24-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 6-3, W. LeBlanc 1-0, D. Hudson 1-0, J. Marinez 2-2
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 25, W. LeBlanc 8, D. Hudson, J. Marinez 8
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 108-63, S. Oberg 23-13, A. Ottavino 30-18, M. Dunn 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 14-1, S. Oberg 2-0, M. Dunn 1-1
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 26, S. Oberg 6, A. Ottavino 7, M. Dunn 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Reynolds homered to center313
    Marte singled to center, Osuna scored, Stewart to third312
  • 6TH INNING
    Reynolds homered to right center, Arenado scored212
    Arenado singled to center, LeMahieu scored210
    Valaika homered to left, Hanigan scored29
    Story homered to left, Gonzalez scored27
    Freese homered to left center25
  • 5TH INNING
    Blackmon homered to left center15
  • 4TH INNING
    Bell singled to left, Harrison scored14
  • 3RD INNING
    Desmond grounded out to third, LeMahieu scored, Arenado to third, Reynolds to second04
    Arenado singled to left, Hanigan and Blackmon scored, LeMahieu to second03
    Blackmon singled to right, Story scored, Hanigan to third01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Mike Dunn relieved Adam Ottavino
    • J. Marinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Marinez struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Bell popped out to second
    • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Ball, Osuna grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Starling Marte in center
    • Josh Harrison at third
    • Adam Frazier at second
    • Chris Stewart catching
    • John Jaso in left
    • Adam Ottavino pitching
    • Alexi Amarista in center
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Osuna singled to left
    • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Stewart walked, Osuna to second
    • J. Jaso: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Jaso struck out looking
    • M. Moroff: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moroff struck out swinging
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Marte singled to center, Osuna scored, Stewart to third
    • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Harrison reached on an infield single to pitcher, Marte to second
    • A. Frazier: Foul, Frazier lined out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Marinez Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reynolds homered to center
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Desmond singled to right
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Scott Oberg pitching
    • M. Moroff: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Moroff grounded out to second
    • S. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Marte grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Harrison singled to left center
    • Adam Frazier hit for Andrew McCutchen
    • A. Frazier: Frazier doubled to left center, Harrison to third
    • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freese walked
    • J. Bell: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Bell struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jhan Marinez relieved David Freese
    • R. Hanigan: Strike looking, Ball, Hanigan flied out to center
    • Alexi Amarista hit for Scott Oberg
    • A. Amarista: Amarista grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon lined out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Freese homered to left center
    • J. Bell: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bell walked
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Osuna grounded out to third, Bell to second
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cervelli grounded out to third
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mercer grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez singled to right center
    • T. Story: Ball, Story homered to left, Gonzalez scored
    • Wade LeBlanc pitching
    • Max Moroff at shortstop
    • R. Hanigan: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hanigan walked
    • Pat Valaika hit for Kyle Freeland
    • P. Valaika: Valaika homered to left, Hanigan scored
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to first
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu walked
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu to second on wild pitch, Arenado singled to center, LeMahieu scored
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Ball, Reynolds homered to right center, Arenado scored
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Gonzalez doubled to deep left
    • Daniel Hudson relieved Wade LeBlanc
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Story grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (7 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • I. Nova: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Marte struck out on foul tip
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte reached on an infield single to second
    • J. Harrison: Foul, Harrison popped out to shortstop
    • A. McCutchen: McCutchen grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Blackmon homered to left center
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu singled to center
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu to second on wild pitch, Arenado lined out to center
    • M. Reynolds: Foul, Reynolds grounded out to third
    • I. Desmond: Desmond lined out to second
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Harrison doubled to deep center
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Freese grounded out to second, Harrison to third
    • J. Bell: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bell singled to left, Harrison scored
    • J. Osuna: Strike (foul tip), Osuna singled to right, Bell to second
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cervelli walked, Bell to third, Osuna to second
    • J. Mercer: Foul, Ball, Mercer grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Story grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Hanigan: Ball, Hanigan grounded out to first
    • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeland struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Cervelli grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Mercer reached on an infield single to second
    • I. Nova: Nova hit sacrifice bunt to first, Mercer to second
    • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Marte grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • T. Story: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Story walked
    • R. Hanigan: Strike looking, Ball, Hanigan singled to right, Story to second
    • K. Freeland: Freeland grounded out to first, Story to third, Hanigan to second
    • C. Blackmon: Foul, Blackmon singled to right, Story scored, Hanigan to third
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu hit by pitch, Blackmon to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Arenado singled to left, Hanigan and Blackmon scored, LeMahieu to second
    • M. Reynolds: Reynolds singled to left, LeMahieu to third, Arenado to second
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Desmond grounded out to third, LeMahieu scored, Arenado to third, Reynolds to second
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Ball, Freese grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bell grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Osuna grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike (foul tip), Gonzalez flied out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Harrison grounded out to third
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon singled to right
    • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, LeMahieu grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Blackmon out at second
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)