Rockies' Bettis, 3-relievers shut out Bucs at snowy PNC Park

PITTSBURGH (AP) Chad Bettis found a simple solution to ward off the cold.

''I just concentrated on executing pitches,'' the Colorado Rockies right-hander said.

Bettis pitched into the eighth inning and combined with three relievers on a five-hitter, leading the Rockies over the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on a snowy Tuesday night.

Bettis (3-0) allowed five hits in 7 1/3 innings with three strikeouts and two walks.

''He used his entire arsenal effectively. He pitched,'' Colorado manager Bud Black said. ''It was a very effective outing. He kept them off balance and there weren't a lot of hard-hit balls.''

Bettis worked quickly, contributed to a relatively swift game time of 2 hours, 31 minutes.

''I think you intuitively want to work at a good pace in weather like this,'' Black said. ''Their pitcher was working fast, too.''

Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee followed, and Wade Davis pitched a perfect ninth for his NL-leading eighth save in eight chances.

Colorado improved to 5-1 on a seven-game trip that started in Washington, and the Rockies are 9-4 on the road overall.

The announced attendance was 8,869, but there appeared to be fewer than 2,000 fans at PNC Park. The Pirates offered ticket vouchers for games later in the season to fans who came through the turnstiles.

''Walking in from the bullpen, I was a little concerned because it was really cold,'' Bettis said. ''But I put on some (handwarmers) once I got to the dugout and I was fine.''

Trevor Williams (3-1) threw six innings in short sleeves despite the 34-degree temperature at first pitch. He gave up two runs and four hits, and he has allowed five runs in four starts this season.

Williams grew up in San Diego and played at Arizona State. He had never pitched in snow before.

''I'm hoping that this is going to be the last one,'' Williams said. ''It's tough waking up and seeing a blizzard outside, but it's tough for them, too.''

Bettis has pitched at least five innings and given up two runs or fewer in each of his four starts this season. He has a 1.47 ERA in his past six starts, including his final two outings of 2017.

''He lives on the margins,'' Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. ''He changes speeds. He's got a little quick pitch in there that he ran at us a few times, as well.''

Colorado went ahead in the first when Gerardo Parra drew a one-out walk, took third on Charlie Blackmon's single and scored when Carlos Gonzalez grounded into a forceout. Blackmon has eight RBIs in his last four games.

Rookie Ryan McMahon, who entered hitting .074, singled in a run in the fourth to make it 2-0.

''It definitely felt good,'' McMahon said. ''I've had bad stretches before in the minor leagues, but this is the big leagues and it's not as easy as some guys make it look.''

Pittsburgh did not get a runner past first base until Jordy Mercer doubled leading off the eighth. After Mercer moved to third on pinch-hitter Adam Frazier's groundout, Bettis was replaced by Shaw.

Sean Rodriguez bounced to McMahon, the third baseman, who threw out Mercer at home. McGee induced Gregory Polanco to hit an inning-ending pop out.

Mercer had two hits as the Pirates lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

Corey Dickerson popped out for the final out, ending his 11-game hitting streak.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: 2B Josh Harrison (broken left pinky) rejoined the team a day after being placed on the disabled list. Harrison has broken the same finger two seasons in a row when hit by pitches. ''The odds of that have to be infinity-to-1,'' Harrison said. ... RHP Joe Musgrove (strained right shoulder) is scheduled to throw off the mound Thursday for the first time since going on the DL. He is scheduled to throw three bullpens before beginning a rehab assignment in the minor leagues.

UP NEXT

Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (0-2, 4.50 ERA) is scheduled to face RHP Chad Kuhl (1-1, 5.74) on Wednesday. Freeland is 1-1 with a 4.63 ERA in two career starts. Kuhl has lost both career starts against Colorado with a 5.73 ERA.

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    BATTING
    • 2B - D. LeMahieu (6), T. Story (3)
    • RBI - C. Gonzalez (11), R. McMahon (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. McMahon
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Mercer (5)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Story (4)
    • CS - C. Gonzalez
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - G. Parra (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Bettis (W, 3-0)7.15002301.441.0825.5
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    C. Bettis (W, 3-0)7.1
    B. Shaw (H, 4)0.1
    J. McGee (H, 5)0.1
    W. Davis (S, 8)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Williams (L, 3-1)6.04223401.931.209.0
    E. Santana2.00001106.001.005.5
    R. Rodriguez1.01000200.001.003.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Williams (L, 3-1)6.0
    E. Santana2.0
    R. Rodriguez1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bettis 85-55, B. Shaw 6-3, J. McGee 3-2, W. Davis 13-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bettis 11-6, B. Shaw 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Bettis 27, B. Shaw, J. McGee, W. Davis 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 97-56, E. Santana 22-13, R. Rodriguez 19-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 7-6, E. Santana 2-3
    • Batters Faced - T. Williams 24, E. Santana 7, R. Rodriguez 4
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    C. Blackmon CF40100012.309.387.7451.1330.5
    C. Gonzalez RF30010102.227.257.424.6811.0
    I. Desmond 1B31000111.172.206.375.5811.5
    T. Story SS40200010.217.299.435.7334.5
    R. McMahon 3B40110021.097.176.097.2731.0
    T. Wolters C40000003.143.250.143.3930.0
    C. Bettis P30000020.100.100.100.200-1.0
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      • a-grounded out for Santana in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. LeMahieu (6), T. Story (3)
      • RBI - C. Gonzalez (11), R. McMahon (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. McMahon
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Mercer (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Story (4)
      • CS - C. Gonzalez
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - G. Parra (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Bettis (W, 3-0)7.15002301.441.0825.5
      B. Shaw (H, 4)0.10000003.721.450.0
      J. McGee (H, 5)0.10000002.160.600.0
      W. Davis (S, 8)1.00000102.160.7210.5
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      PITCHERSIP
      C. Bettis (W, 3-0)7.1
      B. Shaw (H, 4)0.1
      J. McGee (H, 5)0.1
      W. Davis (S, 8)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Williams (L, 3-1)6.04223401.931.209.0
      E. Santana2.00001106.001.005.5
      R. Rodriguez1.01000200.001.003.0
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      PITCHERSIP
      T. Williams (L, 3-1)6.0
      E. Santana2.0
      R. Rodriguez1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bettis 85-55, B. Shaw 6-3, J. McGee 3-2, W. Davis 13-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bettis 11-6, B. Shaw 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Bettis 27, B. Shaw, J. McGee, W. Davis 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 97-56, E. Santana 22-13, R. Rodriguez 19-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 7-6, E. Santana 2-3
      • Batters Faced - T. Williams 24, E. Santana 7, R. Rodriguez 4
      • 4TH INNING
        McMahon singled to left, Desmond scored, Story to third20
      • 1ST INNING
        Gonzalez reached on fielder's choice to second, Parra scored, Blackmon out at second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Richard Rodriguez pitching
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Story singled to left
        • R. McMahon: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
        • T. Wolters: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Story stole second, Wolters flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Wade Davis relieved Jake McGee
        • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Marte fouled out to first
        • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dickerson popped out to second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu walked
        • G. Parra: Parra popped out to shortstop
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Bettis Pitching:
        • J. Mercer: Mercer doubled to left
        • Adam Frazier hit for Edgar Santana
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier grounded out to second, Mercer to third
        • Bryan Shaw relieved Chad Bettis
        • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez reached on fielder's choice to third, Mercer out at home
        • Jake McGee relieved Bryan Shaw
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Polanco popped out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Edgar Santana relieved Trevor Williams
        • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, McMahon flied out to deep center
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Wolters popped out to shortstop
        • C. Bettis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bettis grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Bettis Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Dickerson popped out to second
        • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
        • C. Moran: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez flied out to right
        • I. Desmond: Foul, Ball, Desmond grounded out to third
        • T. Story: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Bettis Pitching:
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked
        • S. Marte: Marte flied out to deep right
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Bell grounded into double play shortstop to first, Polanco out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • C. Bettis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bettis struck out swinging
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu doubled to left
        • G. Parra: Parra popped out to shortstop
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Bettis Pitching:
        • C. Moran: Foul, Moran lined out to left
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Mercer singled to left
        • T. Williams: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Williams fouled out to right
        • S. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Rodriguez grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon flied out to deep right
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Ball, Desmond walked
        • T. Story: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Story doubled to left, Desmond to third
        • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Ball, McMahon singled to left, Desmond scored, Story to third
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Wolters grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Bettis Pitching:
        • S. Marte: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Marte reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Bell: Pickoff attempt, Bell reached on fielder's choice to first, Marte out at second
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Dickerson grounded out to second, Bell to second
        • F. Cervelli: Cervelli grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • C. Bettis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Bettis struck out on foul tip
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to third
        • G. Parra: Foul, Foul, Parra popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Bettis Pitching:
        • T. Williams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Williams reached on an infield single to second
        • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rodriguez flied into double play left to second, Williams out at second
        • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to first, Williams to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • T. Story: Ball, Story flied out to left
        • R. McMahon: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, McMahon struck out looking
        • T. Wolters: Wolters grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Bettis Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Foul, Dickerson grounded out to shortstop
        • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cervelli struck out looking
        • C. Moran: Ball, Foul, Moran singled to center
        • J. Mercer: Mercer grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu lined out to third
        • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Parra walked
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon singled to left center, Parra to third
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez reached on fielder's choice to second, Parra scored, Blackmon out at second
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Bettis Pitching:
        • S. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Rodriguez grounded out to pitcher
        • G. Polanco: Foul, Polanco flied out to deep left
        • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte walked
        • J. Bell: Bell grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)