Taillon, Pirates beat Bettis, Rockies 10-2

DENVER (AP) It was Jameson Taillon for Pittsburgh and Chad Bettis for Colorado on Tuesday night at Coors Field.

An intersection with special significance.

Taillon beat Bettis in a matchup of pitchers who battled testicular cancer last year, and the Pirates hit three homers in a 10-2 victory over the Rockies.

''I'm not going to sit here and say we're best friends and we talk on the phone all the time but we've both gone through something that is extremely similar and we both go through something similar starting pitching in the major leagues,'' Taillon said. ''There's an understood bond there, something we'll share for life.''

Taillon (9-8) allowed 10 hits in his second complete game of the season. The 26-year-old right-hander struck out three and walked one, helping the Pirates stop a three-game slide.

He became the first visiting pitcher to toss a nine-inning complete game in Denver since Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw shut out the Rockies on July 2, 2013.

''I've watched 1,300, 1,400 ballgames here, you don't see a lot of complete games,'' said Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle, who managed the Rockies over eight seasons. ''He finished strong.''

Taillon threw 107 pitches, 70 for strikes. He needed just 15 to get the final three outs in his second career complete game.

''You always hear closing out games is tough, weird things happen in the ninth so I told myself it's a 0-0 game, let's close out this inning,'' Taillon said.

Starling Marte hit a solo drive in the first and Jordy Mercer connected for a three-run shot against Bettis (5-2) with two out in the fourth. Josh Harrison capped Pittsburgh's five-run fifth with a two-run homer off Jake McGee.

Bettis allowed nine runs and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings in his first start after missing five weeks with a blister on his right middle finger.

''The problem was those two walks in the fourth and the home run by Mercer,'' Bettis said. ''It really came down to those three at-bats where I didn't really execute the pitches like I wanted to.''

Taillon was diagnosed with cancer last year and missed six weeks after surgery last May.

Bettis was diagnosed in November 2016. He was cleared to report to spring training before tests revealed he had cancer in his lymph nodes and he underwent treatment. He made his season debut on Aug. 14 and started nine games last year.

Colorado made it 10-2 on Carlos Gonzalez's two-run double with one out in the sixth.

REMEMBERING DON

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of former Rockies manager Don Baylor. Baylor was Colorado's first manager and held that position for six seasons. He gave Hurdle his first job on a major league staff.

''I'm forever grateful,'' Hurdle said. ''There's times during the season or other times I'll remember things he did or things he said that resonate, that have meaning. There's still enough people within the game that I'll see from time to time that we were connected. His spirit lives.''

ARRIVAL

Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria joined the Pirates in time for Tuesday's win. His plane landed at Denver International Airport at around 5 p.m. local time and made it to Coors Field 25 minutes before the first pitch.

He was acquired Monday in a trade with Tampa Bay.

CENTURY MARK

Rockies star Charlie Blackmon singled in the sixth inning for his 1,000th career hit. He received a short standing ovation from the crowd.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: INF Sean Rodriguez was placed on the 10-day DL - retroactive to Monday - with a strain to the left abdomen.

UP NEXT

Pittsburgh right-hander Chris Archer (3-5, 4.40 ERA) will make his second start since he was acquired in a trade with the Rays. He will face Rockies right-hander German Marquez (9-8, 4.70 ERA) in the series finale on Wednesday.

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  • W: J. Taillon (9-8)L: C. Bettis (5-2)
  • HR: PIT - J. Mercer (6), J. Harrison (7), S. Marte (17)
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C. Moran 3B40100011.264.332.384.7170.5
F. Cervelli C32110101.255.384.459.8436.0
J. Harrison 2B31131010.252.295.369.6647.5
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Blackmon CF41200011.279.349.483.8322.5
    D. LeMahieu 2B41100002.273.320.417.7372.0
    C. Gonzalez RF40120001.287.338.497.8354.0
    N. Arenado 3B30100011.306.389.588.9771.5
    P. Valaika 3B10000001.152.219.248.4670.0
    T. Story SS40100002.288.348.548.8961.0
    D. Dahl LF40100012.283.321.485.8060.5
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    C. Iannetta C40100004.214.323.357.6801.0
    C. Bettis P00000000.100.156.100.2560.0
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    • a-flied out for McGee in the 6th
    • b-lined out for Shaw in the 7th
    • c-flied out for Almonte in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - F. Cervelli (9)
    • HR - S. Marte (17), J. Harrison (7), J. Mercer (6)
    • SF - D. Freese (3), J. Harrison (5)
    • RBI - S. Marte (55), G. Polanco (63), D. Freese (37), F. Cervelli (42), J. Harrison 3 (32), J. Mercer 3 (35)
    • 2-Out RBI - F. Cervelli (31), J. Harrison 2 (15), J. Mercer 3 (14)
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Gonzalez (22), N. Arenado (24)
    • SH - C. Bettis (3)
    • RBI - C. Gonzalez 2 (51)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Taillon-Harrison-Freese; Moran-Harrison-Freese)
    FIELDING
    • E - D. LeMahieu (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Taillon (W, 9-8)9.010221303.631.2225.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Taillon (W, 9-8)9.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Bettis (L, 5-2)4.28992325.671.43-10.5
    J. McGee1.11110116.631.471.5
    B. Shaw1.01000106.601.832.5
    Y. Almonte2.00000401.001.118.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Bettis (L, 5-2)4.2
    J. McGee1.1
    B. Shaw1.0
    Y. Almonte2.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 107-70
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 11-11
    • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 36
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bettis 70-46, J. McGee 25-18, B. Shaw 14-9, Y. Almonte 35-25
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bettis 5-6, J. McGee 2-1, B. Shaw 1-1, Y. Almonte 2-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Bettis 24, J. McGee 5, B. Shaw 4, Y. Almonte 6
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    J. Luplow LF00000000.167.239.357.5960.0
    S. Marte CF52211001.284.330.484.8148.0
    G. Polanco RF42110110.245.337.499.8364.5
    D. Freese 1B31110010.284.342.457.7992.5
    C. Moran 3B40100011.264.332.384.7170.5
    F. Cervelli C32110101.255.384.459.8436.0
    J. Harrison 2B31131010.252.295.369.6647.5
    J. Mercer SS41231010.260.328.398.7268.5
    J. Taillon P40000021.073.095.098.193-1.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Blackmon CF41200011.279.349.483.8322.5
      D. LeMahieu 2B41100002.273.320.417.7372.0
      C. Gonzalez RF40120001.287.338.497.8354.0
      N. Arenado 3B30100011.306.389.588.9771.5
      P. Valaika 3B10000001.152.219.248.4670.0
      T. Story SS40100002.288.348.548.8961.0
      D. Dahl LF40100012.283.321.485.8060.5
      R. McMahon 1B30200101.231.311.359.6703.0
      C. Iannetta C40100004.214.323.357.6801.0
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      Y. Almonte P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      c- T. Wolters PH10000002.157.280.260.5400.0
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      • a-flied out for McGee in the 6th
      • b-lined out for Shaw in the 7th
      • c-flied out for Almonte in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Cervelli (9)
      • HR - S. Marte (17), J. Harrison (7), J. Mercer (6)
      • SF - D. Freese (3), J. Harrison (5)
      • RBI - S. Marte (55), G. Polanco (63), D. Freese (37), F. Cervelli (42), J. Harrison 3 (32), J. Mercer 3 (35)
      • 2-Out RBI - F. Cervelli (31), J. Harrison 2 (15), J. Mercer 3 (14)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Gonzalez (22), N. Arenado (24)
      • SH - C. Bettis (3)
      • RBI - C. Gonzalez 2 (51)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Taillon-Harrison-Freese; Moran-Harrison-Freese)
      FIELDING
      • E - D. LeMahieu (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Taillon (W, 9-8)9.010221303.631.2225.5
      Total9.01022130---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Taillon (W, 9-8)9.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Bettis (L, 5-2)4.28992325.671.43-10.5
      J. McGee1.11110116.631.471.5
      B. Shaw1.01000106.601.832.5
      Y. Almonte2.00000401.001.118.0
      Total9.0101010293---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Bettis (L, 5-2)4.2
      J. McGee1.1
      B. Shaw1.0
      Y. Almonte2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 107-70
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 11-11
      • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 36
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bettis 70-46, J. McGee 25-18, B. Shaw 14-9, Y. Almonte 35-25
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bettis 5-6, J. McGee 2-1, B. Shaw 1-1, Y. Almonte 2-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Bettis 24, J. McGee 5, B. Shaw 4, Y. Almonte 6
      • 6TH INNING
        Gonzalez doubled to right center, Blackmon and LeMahieu scored102
      • 5TH INNING
        Harrison homered to right center, Cervelli scored100
        Cervelli doubled to shallow left, Polanco scored, Cervelli to third80
        Freese hit sacrifice fly to right, Marte scored70
        Polanco singled to right, Dickerson scored, Marte to third60
      • 4TH INNING
        Mercer homered to center, Freese and Cervelli scored50
        Harrison hit sacrifice fly to left, Polanco scored20
      • 1ST INNING
        Marte homered to center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Y. Almonte Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
        • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte grounded out to third
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jordan Luplow in left field
        • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Ball, Story singled to center
        • D. Dahl: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
        • R. McMahon: Strike looking, McMahon singled to left, Story to second
        • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Ball, Iannetta popped out to first
        • Tony Wolters hit for Yency Almonte
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Wolters flied out to left
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Pat Valaika at third base
        • Yency Almonte pitching
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
        • J. Mercer: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
        • J. Taillon: Taillon grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Blackmon singled to shallow right
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Blackmon out at second
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez flied out to left
        • P. Valaika: Valaika grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, LeMahieu out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Bryan Shaw pitching
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Polanco flied out to deep center
        • D. Freese: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
        • C. Moran: Strike swinging, Moran singled to shallow right
        • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Cervelli grounded into fielder's choice to second, Moran out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Dahl singled to right
        • R. McMahon: Strike swinging, Ball, McMahon singled to left, Dahl to second
        • C. Iannetta: Iannetta grounded into double play third to second to first, Dahl to third, McMahon out at second
        • Ian Desmond hit for Bryan Shaw
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Desmond lined out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. McGee Pitching:
        • J. Taillon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Taillon lined out to left
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Dickerson struck out on foul tip
        • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Marte grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Gerardo Parra hit for Jake McGee
        • G. Parra: Ball, Parra flied out to deep left
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon singled to shallow right
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike looking, LeMahieu singled to center, Blackmon to second
        • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez doubled to right center, Blackmon and LeMahieu scored
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado grounded out to third
        • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Ball, Story lined out to right
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Bettis Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Dickerson singled to shallow right, Dickerson to second on 2nd baseman LeMahieu fielding error
        • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte singled to center, Dickerson to third
        • G. Polanco: Polanco singled to right, Dickerson scored, Marte to third
        • D. Freese: Pickoff attempt to first, Freese hit sacrifice fly to right, Marte scored
        • C. Moran: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
        • F. Cervelli: Foul, Cervelli doubled to shallow left, Polanco scored, Cervelli to third
        • Jake McGee relieved Chad Bettis
        • J. Harrison: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Harrison homered to right center, Cervelli scored
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Mercer grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • D. Dahl: Dahl lined out to center
        • R. McMahon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McMahon walked
        • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Iannetta grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, McMahon out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Bettis Pitching:
        • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked
        • D. Freese: Freese singled to shallow left, Polanco to second
        • C. Moran: Strike looking, Moran grounded out to second, Polanco to third, Freese to second
        • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cervelli walked
        • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Harrison hit sacrifice fly to left, Polanco scored
        • J. Mercer: Mercer homered to center, Freese and Cervelli scored
        • J. Taillon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Taillon struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
        • T. Story: Ball, Story grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Bettis Pitching:
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Mercer singled to left
        • J. Taillon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Taillon struck out looking
        • C. Dickerson: Dickerson flied out to center
        • S. Marte: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Marte lined out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • C. Iannetta: Ball, Iannetta singled to left
        • C. Bettis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bettis hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Iannetta to second
        • C. Blackmon: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu flied out to center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Bettis Pitching:
        • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Moran lined out to pitcher
        • F. Cervelli: Foul, Cervelli grounded out to third
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Harrison flied out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Foul, Arenado doubled to shallow left
        • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Story lined out to left
        • D. Dahl: Dahl grounded out to shortstop, Arenado to third
        • R. McMahon: Strike swinging, Foul, McMahon lined out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Bettis Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Dickerson grounded out to second
        • S. Marte: Marte homered to center
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Polanco lined out to left
        • D. Freese: Strike looking, Foul, Freese grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Blackmon grounded out to second
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to left
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)