Pirates avoid sweep, pound Rockies 10-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) David Freese stressed the need of a culture change inside the Pittsburgh Pirates clubhouse during spring training, one that focused more on creating a greater sense of urgency and accountability when things go awry.

Given a rare start with his club facing the prospect of getting swept by Colorado, Freese backed up his words with his bat. The veteran third baseman worked a two-out walk in the fourth to start a rally and added a two-run double as the Pirates had little trouble with the Rockies in a 10-2 win on Wednesday.

Pirates manager gave regulars Corey Dickerson, Gregory Polanco and Colin Moran the day off. Their replacements - Freese, left fielder Sean Rodriguez and second baseman Max Moroff - drove in five of Pittsburgh's 10 runs as the Pirates improved to 8-0 in day games.

''You have your everyday guys getting a little breather, you want to take pride in stepping up and make it seem like a seamless transition when your everyday guys get a break,'' Freese said. ''Me, Sean and Max got in there and today was a day we kind of showed up and kept it going.''

Josh Bell drove in three runs and Adam Frazier had three of Pittsburgh's 13 hits as the NL Central leaders broke out after being limited to just two runs in their previous two games against the Rockies.

''It breeds confidence on the bench,'' Bell said. ''It breeds confidence with guys coming in in different situations.''

Chad Kuhl (2-1) surrendered Chris Iannetta's solo home run in the third but otherwise kept Colorado's struggling offense in check. He labored at times through the first five innings but finished with a flourish, retiring the Rockies in order in the sixth to cap his longest start of the season.

''I looked up and saw I had 87 pitches (after five),'' Kuhl said. ''All I focused on was make these (final pitches) count.''

Kyle Freeland (0-3) cruised through the first three innings but ran into trouble in the fourth. Freese worked a two-out walk off and Rodriguez followed with a shot that just cleared the wall in left field for his second home run this season. Max Moroff added an RBI double two batters later to put the Pirates up 3-1.

Freeland was pulled in favor of Scott Oberg after giving up singles to Frazier and Jordy Mercer starting the fifth. Oberg couldn't get out of the jam, surrendering an RBI single to Bell. Freese followed with a double to the gap in left-center.

Freeland was charged with five runs, six hits and two walks in four-plus innings, needing 91 pitches to get 12 outs.

''I wasn't getting ahead of hitters and I didn't have a good feel for my fastball, especially the sinker,'' Freeland said. ''It just wasn't there.''

OFFENSIVE WOES

Colorado went 5-2 on a swing through Washington and Pittsburgh, thanks in large part to its pitching. The offense has struggled while third baseman Nolan Arenado served a five-game suspension for his role in a brawl with San Diego earlier this month. Colorado entered last in the NL in batting (.215) and didn't improve against Kuhl and two relievers.

The Rockies had just two extra base hits on Wednesday, or one more than newly acquired Pittsburgh reliever Enny Romero, who doubled in the eighth in his second big league at-bat.

CARGO EXITS

Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez tweaked his right hamstring in the fourth while making a diving catch on a sinking liner by Pittsburgh's Starling Marte. Gerardo Parra replaced Gonzalez in the fifth. Manager Bud Black called the move precautionary. Gonzalez said it was the first time in years he's felt pain in his hamstring and isn't certain if he'll be available when the Rockies begin a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove is expected to throw 25-30 pitches during a bullpen session on Thursday as he works his way back from a strained right shoulder. If Musgrove gets through the session without any issues, he may throw another session over the weekend then do a simulated game before the team considers sending him out for rehab starts in the minors.

UP NEXT

Rockies: Jon Gray (1-3, 6.23 ERA) will start for Colorado on Friday against Chicago's Kyle Hendricks (0-1, 3.71).

Pirates: Head to Philadelphia for a four-game series with the Phillies starting Thursday. Jameson Taillon (2-0, 0.89) faces Jake Arrieta (1-0, 3.38).

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PIT12-6
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  • W: C. Kuhl (2-1)L: K. Freeland (0-3)
  • HR: COL - C. Iannetta (2), PIT - S. Rodriguez (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. LeMahieu 2B40200111.308.393.577.9702.5
C. Iannetta C51111014.264.350.434.7845.5
C. Blackmon CF30000010.293.379.7071.0860.5
C. Gonzalez RF20100000.235.264.426.6901.0
a- G. Parra PH-RF21100002.213.284.295.5793.0
I. Desmond 1B40010001.162.194.353.5471.0
T. Story SS30100101.222.309.431.7392.0
R. McMahon 3B30100121.118.211.118.3281.0
M. Tauchman LF40000014.050.095.050.145-0.5
K. Freeland P20000010.143.143.143.286-0.5
S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- P. Valaika PH10000010.057.108.086.194-0.5
A. Senzatela P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- T. Wolters PH10000010.136.240.136.376-0.5
  • a-grounded out for C. Gonzalez in the 5th
  • b-struck out (wild pitch) for Oberg in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Dunn in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier RF52310010.263.300.368.6685.5
J. Mercer SS41110011.259.333.352.6852.5
S. Marte CF41000113.290.388.536.9241.5
J. Bell 1B51230010.278.338.389.7266.5
D. Freese 3B41120111.250.333.542.8755.5
S. Rodriguez LF21121201.174.296.435.7319.0
E. Diaz C41200012.438.471.6251.0962.5
M. Moroff 2B40110022.200.200.400.6002.0
C. Kuhl P20000001.000.000.000.0000.0
a- C. Moran PH11100000.313.370.438.8083.0
K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
E. Romero P111000001.0001.0002.0003.0003.0
  • a-doubled for Kuhl in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Parra (2)
  • HR - C. Iannetta (2)
  • RBI - C. Iannetta (7), I. Desmond (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Iannetta (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bell (5), D. Freese, M. Moroff, C. Moran (3), E. Romero
  • HR - S. Rodriguez (2)
  • SF - J. Mercer (2)
  • RBI - A. Frazier (3), J. Mercer (4), J. Bell 3 (13), D. Freese 2 (5), S. Rodriguez 2 (5), M. Moroff
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bell 2 (5), S. Rodriguez 2 (2), M. Moroff
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (L, 0-3)4.06552215.851.55-5.0
S. Oberg2.04220303.121.271.5
A. Senzatela1.00001107.711.502.5
M. Dunn1.03331207.942.12-3.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (L, 0-3)4.0
S. Oberg2.0
A. Senzatela1.0
M. Dunn1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kuhl (W, 2-1)6.04113414.571.6222.0
K. Crick1.00000200.000.674.0
E. Romero2.03110309.002.253.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Kuhl (W, 2-1)6.0
K. Crick1.0
E. Romero2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 91-56, S. Oberg 44-31, A. Senzatela 22-13, M. Dunn 32-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 4-6, A. Senzatela 2-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 20, S. Oberg 10, A. Senzatela 4, M. Dunn 7
PITCHING
  • WP - K. Crick, E. Romero
  • HBP - C. Kuhl (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kuhl 98-58, K. Crick 16-11, E. Romero 26-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kuhl 6-7, K. Crick 2-0, E. Romero 1-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Kuhl 25, K. Crick 4, E. Romero 9
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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COL11-9
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PIT12-6
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. LeMahieu 2B40200111.308.393.577.9702.5
C. Iannetta C51111014.264.350.434.7845.5
C. Blackmon CF30000010.293.379.7071.0860.5
C. Gonzalez RF20100000.235.264.426.6901.0
a- G. Parra PH-RF21100002.213.284.295.5793.0
I. Desmond 1B40010001.162.194.353.5471.0
T. Story SS30100101.222.309.431.7392.0
R. McMahon 3B30100121.118.211.118.3281.0
M. Tauchman LF40000014.050.095.050.145-0.5
K. Freeland P20000010.143.143.143.286-0.5
S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- P. Valaika PH10000010.057.108.086.194-0.5
A. Senzatela P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- T. Wolters PH10000010.136.240.136.376-0.5
Total3427213914-----
  • a-grounded out for C. Gonzalez in the 5th
  • b-struck out (wild pitch) for Oberg in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Dunn in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier RF52310010.263.300.368.6685.5
J. Mercer SS41110011.259.333.352.6852.5
S. Marte CF41000113.290.388.536.9241.5
J. Bell 1B51230010.278.338.389.7266.5
D. Freese 3B41120111.250.333.542.8755.5
S. Rodriguez LF21121201.174.296.435.7319.0
E. Diaz C41200012.438.471.6251.0962.5
M. Moroff 2B40110022.200.200.400.6002.0
C. Kuhl P20000001.000.000.000.0000.0
a- C. Moran PH11100000.313.370.438.8083.0
K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
E. Romero P111000001.0001.0002.0003.0003.0
Total3610131014811-----
  • a-doubled for Kuhl in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Parra (2)
  • HR - C. Iannetta (2)
  • RBI - C. Iannetta (7), I. Desmond (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Iannetta (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bell (5), D. Freese, M. Moroff, C. Moran (3), E. Romero
  • HR - S. Rodriguez (2)
  • SF - J. Mercer (2)
  • RBI - A. Frazier (3), J. Mercer (4), J. Bell 3 (13), D. Freese 2 (5), S. Rodriguez 2 (5), M. Moroff
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bell 2 (5), S. Rodriguez 2 (2), M. Moroff
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (L, 0-3)4.06552215.851.55-5.0
S. Oberg2.04220303.121.271.5
A. Senzatela1.00001107.711.502.5
M. Dunn1.03331207.942.12-3.0
Total8.0131010481---
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (L, 0-3)4.0
S. Oberg2.0
A. Senzatela1.0
M. Dunn1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kuhl (W, 2-1)6.04113414.571.6222.0
K. Crick1.00000200.000.674.0
E. Romero2.03110309.002.253.5
Total9.0722391---
PITCHERSIP
C. Kuhl (W, 2-1)6.0
K. Crick1.0
E. Romero2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 91-56, S. Oberg 44-31, A. Senzatela 22-13, M. Dunn 32-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 4-6, A. Senzatela 2-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 20, S. Oberg 10, A. Senzatela 4, M. Dunn 7
PITCHING
  • WP - K. Crick, E. Romero
  • HBP - C. Kuhl (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kuhl 98-58, K. Crick 16-11, E. Romero 26-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kuhl 6-7, K. Crick 2-0, E. Romero 1-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Kuhl 25, K. Crick 4, E. Romero 9
  • 8TH INNING
    Bell doubled to deep right center, Frazier and Marte scored210
    Mercer hit sacrifice fly to center, Romero scored28
    Desmond grounded out to shortstop, Parra scored27
  • 6TH INNING
    Frazier singled to center, Moran scored17
  • 5TH INNING
    Freese doubled to left center, Mercer and Bell scored16
    Bell singled to right, Frazier scored, Mercer to third14
  • 4TH INNING
    Moroff doubled to deep center, Diaz scored13
    Rodriguez homered to left, Freese scored12
  • 3RD INNING
    Iannetta homered to left center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • E. Romero Pitching:
    • M. Tauchman: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Tauchman struck out swinging
    • Tony Wolters hit for Mike Dunn
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu singled to shallow center
    • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Ball, Iannetta fouled out to right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Enny Romero relieved Kyle Crick
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon flied out to center
    • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Parra doubled to deep right center
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Parra to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Desmond grounded out to shortstop, Parra scored
    • T. Story: Story reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, McMahon struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Mike Dunn relieved Antonio Senzatela
    • M. Moroff: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Moroff struck out on foul tip
    • E. Romero: Ball, Strike looking, Romero doubled to deep right center
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Frazier singled to left, Romero to third
    • J. Mercer: Foul, Mercer hit sacrifice fly to center, Romero scored
    • S. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Marte walked, Frazier to second
    • J. Bell: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bell doubled to deep right center, Frazier and Marte scored
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Freese struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Kyle Crick pitching
    • M. Tauchman: Strike looking, Ball, Tauchman grounded out to second
    • Pat Valaika hit for Scott Oberg
    • P. Valaika: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Valaika struck out, reached on wild pitch
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Foul, Iannetta grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Antonio Senzatela pitching
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Freese grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rodriguez walked
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Desmond grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike looking, Story grounded out to third
    • R. McMahon: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Oberg Pitching:
    • M. Moroff: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Moroff struck out on foul tip
    • Colin Moran hit for Chad Kuhl
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Moran doubled to deep right
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier singled to center, Moran scored
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Marte popped out to second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • K. Freeland: Ball, Ball, Freeland flied out to left
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu singled to center
    • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Iannetta struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon hit by pitch, LeMahieu to second
    • Gerardo Parra hit for Carlos Gonzalez
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Parra grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier singled to center
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Mercer singled to center, Frazier to second
    • Scott Oberg relieved Kyle Freeland
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Marte flied out to right
    • J. Bell: Foul, Bell singled to right, Frazier scored, Mercer to third
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Freese doubled to left center, Mercer and Bell scored
    • S. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rodriguez flied out to center
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to deep left
    • I. Desmond: Desmond grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Story walked
    • R. McMahon: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, McMahon singled to left, Story to second
    • M. Tauchman: Ball, Tauchman grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte lined out to right
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bell flied out to center
    • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Freese walked
    • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Foul, Rodriguez homered to left, Freese scored
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Diaz singled to left
    • M. Moroff: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moroff doubled to deep center, Diaz scored
    • C. Kuhl: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kuhl lined out to center
    • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeland struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Ball, LeMahieu lined out to right
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Iannetta homered to left center
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Blackmon struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • C. Kuhl: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kuhl grounded out to second
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier grounded out to first
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mercer grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez singled to right
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Desmond flied out to deep center
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Story popped out to second
    • R. McMahon: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, McMahon walked, Gonzalez to second
    • M. Tauchman: Tauchman flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bell popped out to second
    • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Freese grounded out to third
    • S. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rodriguez walked
    • E. Diaz: Diaz singled to center, Rodriguez to second
    • M. Moroff: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Moroff flied out to left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu walked
    • C. Iannetta: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Iannetta grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, LeMahieu out at second
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Blackmon flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Mercer flied out to deep right
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Marte struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)