Bell's splash HR not enough; Rockies cruise past Pirates 9-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) Another feat of strength from Josh Bell didn't do the Pittsburgh Pirates much good Wednesday night.

For the second time in two weeks, the switch-hitting slugger homered into the Allegheny River on the fly. Before then, only three balls had splashed into the river without bouncing since PNC Park opened in 2001.

The 454-foot drive with an exit velocity of 116 mph sent a buzz through the crowd, but netted just one run in the second inning of a 9-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies. It was reminiscent of May 8, when Bell hit a ball 472 feet into the water during a 9-6 loss to Texas.

''I was selling out over there tonight,'' Bell said. ''I figured (Rockies starter Jon Gray) would kind of attack that way. It worked out in my favor.''

Bell hit his 15th homer in 46 games after finishing with 12 last season, but Daniel Murphy and Tony Wolters outdid him with three-run shots in the first three innings for Colorado.

''Contributions from everybody,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''Sixteen hits, nine runs. On the attack all night.''

Murphy's homer put Colorado ahead 3-0 in the first inning before Bell's titanic drive and a double from Kevin Newman cut it to 3-2 in the second. That ended the only sustained pressure against Gray (4-4), who went seven innings for the second time in 10 starts this year. He gave up three runs and seven hits with seven strikeouts.

Gray struck out Bell on three pitches in their second matchup, getting him to chase a curveball dipping out of the zone with an awkward swing leading off the fourth.

''It was another at-bat in another inning until I got to two strikes,'' Gray said. ''Then I was kind of like, I'm going to pitch you away. I'm not going to make any mistakes here. So get ready to hit the best thing I got.''

Montana DuRapau (0-1), serving as the Pirates' opener for the second time in five days, allowed Murphy's homer and lasted two outs. Nick Kingham entered and gave up six runs on nine hits in four innings.

''There's work to be done (with Kingham),'' Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. ''We've seen better. We haven't seen as good lately. ... It's at a point now where he wants better, too.''

Wolters broke the game open with his three-run homer with two outs in the third, extending the lead to 6-2. It was his first long ball since Aug. 27 last year.

''I'm just trying to have good at-bats,'' Wolters said. ''I think the main thing is staying in my zone, not going out of my zone.''

Brendan Rodgers doubled, and Charlie Blackmon and Raimel Tapia each singled to help tack on another three runs in the fifth.

Pittsburgh got a third run when Bryan Reynolds grounded into a fielder's choice to score Gregory Polanco in the sixth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: RHP Jairo Diaz was selected from Triple-A Albuquerque. ... RHP Wade Davis was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain. ... LHP Tyler Anderson was recalled from Triple-A and placed on the 60-day IL with a left knee chondral defect.

Pirates: RHP Keone Kela threw 21 pitches, mixing his fastball and curve, during a simulated game, Hurdle said. Kela hasn't pitched since May 4 because of shoulder inflammation. ... Polanco returned to the lineup after missing Pittsburgh's 5-0 loss Tuesday with finger discomfort in his left hand sustained against San Diego on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (3-3, 4.89 ERA) will try to pitch Colorado to a series sweep Thursday. He's lasted more than five innings once in his past four starts, but allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings of a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia last time out.

Pirates: RHP Jordan Lyles (4-1, 1.97) has permitted one run or fewer in six of his first eight starts this season, including each of his past three.

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PIT24-22
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  • W: J. Gray (4-4)L: M. DuRapau (0-1)
  • HR: COL - D. Murphy (3), T. Wolters (1), PIT - J. Bell (15)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Story SS31100312.266.336.490.8263.5
R. Tapia LF41110112.290.333.540.8743.5
N. Arenado 3B41200104.312.361.571.9324.0
D. Murphy 1B51231002.190.253.380.6339.0
I. Desmond CF51200023.230.305.437.7423.0
B. Rodgers 2B51310022.308.308.385.6925.0
T. Wolters C52231002.294.345.431.77710.0
J. Gray P20100110.095.136.095.2321.5
B. Shaw P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- D. Dahl PH-RF10100000.293.342.481.8242.0
  • a-doubled for Shaw in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B40100001.249.306.343.6491.0
S. Marte CF40000021.238.265.388.653-1.0
G. Polanco RF31100111.282.351.506.8572.5
J. Bell 1B41211011.329.398.6941.0926.5
B. Reynolds LF30010101.313.375.525.9002.0
C. Moran 3B20100010.239.306.385.6910.5
C. Holmes P10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Feliz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Cabrera PH10000001.336.373.463.8360.0
E. Diaz C41200002.259.283.276.5593.0
K. Newman SS30110011.333.393.451.8443.5
M. DuRapau P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
N. Kingham P10000001.000.200.000.2000.0
J. Elmore 3B30000013.063.063.063.125-0.5
  • a-lined out for Feliz in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - I. Desmond (9), B. Rodgers, D. Dahl (12)
  • HR - D. Murphy (3), T. Wolters
  • SH - J. Gray (3)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (31), R. Tapia (19), D. Murphy 3 (17), B. Rodgers (2), T. Wolters 3 (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon (14), R. Tapia (10), D. Murphy 3 (5), T. Wolters 3 (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Blackmon, T. Story 2 (2), R. Tapia, N. Arenado 2 (2), D. Murphy, B. Rodgers 2 (2), T. Wolters 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Newman (4)
  • HR - J. Bell (15)
  • RBI - J. Bell (45), B. Reynolds (9), K. Newman (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Newman (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier, C. Holmes, E. Diaz, N. Kingham, J. Elmore 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - T. Story (3)
  • Picked Off - B. Rodgers
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Story-Murphy; Rodgers-Story-Murphy)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 4-4)7.07331714.621.3423.5
B. Shaw1.01000002.701.032.0
J. Diaz1.00001000.001.002.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 4-4)7.0
B. Shaw1.0
J. Diaz1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. DuRapau (L, 0-1)0.23331114.911.36-11.5
N. Kingham4.09664318.761.99-5.5
C. Holmes3.13001403.681.647.0
M. Feliz1.01000204.631.373.0
PITCHERSIP
M. DuRapau (L, 0-1)0.2
N. Kingham4.0
C. Holmes3.1
M. Feliz1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Diaz
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 105-72, B. Shaw 7-4, J. Diaz 25-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 8-5, B. Shaw 2-0, J. Diaz 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 28, B. Shaw 3, J. Diaz 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. DuRapau 27-16, N. Kingham 89-50, C. Holmes 45-33, M. Feliz 18-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Kingham 4-3, C. Holmes 3-3
  • Batters Faced - M. DuRapau 6, N. Kingham 23, C. Holmes 14, M. Feliz 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Blackmon RF61110033.298.355.566.9201.5
J. Diaz P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Story SS31100312.266.336.490.8263.5
R. Tapia LF41110112.290.333.540.8743.5
N. Arenado 3B41200104.312.361.571.9324.0
D. Murphy 1B51231002.190.253.380.6339.0
I. Desmond CF51200023.230.305.437.7423.0
B. Rodgers 2B51310022.308.308.385.6925.0
T. Wolters C52231002.294.345.431.77710.0
J. Gray P20100110.095.136.095.2321.5
B. Shaw P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- D. Dahl PH-RF10100000.293.342.481.8242.0
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  • a-doubled for Shaw in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B40100001.249.306.343.6491.0
S. Marte CF40000021.238.265.388.653-1.0
G. Polanco RF31100111.282.351.506.8572.5
J. Bell 1B41211011.329.398.6941.0926.5
B. Reynolds LF30010101.313.375.525.9002.0
C. Moran 3B20100010.239.306.385.6910.5
C. Holmes P10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Feliz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Cabrera PH10000001.336.373.463.8360.0
E. Diaz C41200002.259.283.276.5593.0
K. Newman SS30110011.333.393.451.8443.5
M. DuRapau P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
N. Kingham P10000001.000.200.000.2000.0
J. Elmore 3B30000013.063.063.063.125-0.5
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  • a-lined out for Feliz in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - I. Desmond (9), B. Rodgers, D. Dahl (12)
  • HR - D. Murphy (3), T. Wolters
  • SH - J. Gray (3)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (31), R. Tapia (19), D. Murphy 3 (17), B. Rodgers (2), T. Wolters 3 (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon (14), R. Tapia (10), D. Murphy 3 (5), T. Wolters 3 (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Blackmon, T. Story 2 (2), R. Tapia, N. Arenado 2 (2), D. Murphy, B. Rodgers 2 (2), T. Wolters 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Newman (4)
  • HR - J. Bell (15)
  • RBI - J. Bell (45), B. Reynolds (9), K. Newman (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Newman (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier, C. Holmes, E. Diaz, N. Kingham, J. Elmore 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - T. Story (3)
  • Picked Off - B. Rodgers
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Story-Murphy; Rodgers-Story-Murphy)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 4-4)7.07331714.621.3423.5
B. Shaw1.01000002.701.032.0
J. Diaz1.00001000.001.002.0
Total9.0833271---
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 4-4)7.0
B. Shaw1.0
J. Diaz1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. DuRapau (L, 0-1)0.23331114.911.36-11.5
N. Kingham4.09664318.761.99-5.5
C. Holmes3.13001403.681.647.0
M. Feliz1.01000204.631.373.0
Total9.016996102---
PITCHERSIP
M. DuRapau (L, 0-1)0.2
N. Kingham4.0
C. Holmes3.1
M. Feliz1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Diaz
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 105-72, B. Shaw 7-4, J. Diaz 25-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 8-5, B. Shaw 2-0, J. Diaz 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 28, B. Shaw 3, J. Diaz 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. DuRapau 27-16, N. Kingham 89-50, C. Holmes 45-33, M. Feliz 18-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Kingham 4-3, C. Holmes 3-3
  • Batters Faced - M. DuRapau 6, N. Kingham 23, C. Holmes 14, M. Feliz 4
  • 6TH INNING
    Reynolds reached on fielder's choice to second, Polanco scored, Bell out at second93
  • 5TH INNING
    Tapia singled to left, Blackmon scored, Story to second92
    Blackmon singled to shallow left, Wolters scored82
    Rodgers doubled to deep right, Desmond scored72
  • 3RD INNING
    Wolters homered to right, Arenado and Rodgers scored62
  • 2ND INNING
    Newman doubled to deep center, Diaz scored32
    Bell homered to right31
  • 1ST INNING
    Murphy homered to right center, Story and Tapia scored30
  • 9TH INNING
    • Michael Feliz relieved Clay Holmes
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Wolters lined out to center
    • David Dahl hit for Bryan Shaw
    • D. Dahl: Foul, Ball, Dahl doubled to left center
    • C. Blackmon: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • T. Story: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jairo Diaz pitching
    • B. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Reynolds walked
    • Melky Cabrera hit for Michael Feliz
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera lined out to left
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Diaz lined out to center
    • K. Newman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Newman hit by pitch, Reynolds to second
    • J. Elmore: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Elmore grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • C. Holmes Pitching:
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Tapia flied out to deep center
    • N. Arenado: Arenado reached on an infield single to third
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy singled to deep right, Arenado to third
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • B. Rodgers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rodgers struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Bryan Shaw relieved Jon Gray
    • S. Marte: Marte grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Polanco singled to center
    • J. Bell: Ball, Bell grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Polanco out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Holmes Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Wolters flied out to left
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gray walked
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • T. Story: Foul, Story flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Diaz singled to center
    • K. Newman: Foul, Ball, Foul, Newman flied out to deep center
    • J. Elmore: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Elmore flied out to deep center
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier flied out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Holmes Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Murphy grounded out to second
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Desmond grounded out to second
    • B. Rodgers: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rodgers struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco walked
    • J. Bell: Foul, Ball, Bell singled to left center, Polanco to third
    • B. Reynolds: Reynolds reached on fielder's choice to second, Polanco scored, Bell out at second
    • C. Holmes: Strike swinging, Holmes grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • N. Kingham Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Ball, Desmond doubled to deep left
    • B. Rodgers: Rodgers doubled to deep right, Desmond scored
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wolters singled to center, Rodgers to third
    • J. Gray: Foul, Ball, Ball, Gray hit sacrifice bunt to first, Wolters to second
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon singled to shallow left, Wolters scored
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Story walked, Blackmon to second
    • Clay Holmes pitching
    • Jake Elmore at third base
    • R. Tapia: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Tapia singled to left, Blackmon scored, Story to second
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Foul, Ball, Arenado grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Newman struck out looking
    • J. Elmore: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Elmore struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Frazier flied out to deep left
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • N. Kingham Pitching:
    • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Story walked
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Story caught stealing second, catcher to second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Murphy flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Reynolds grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Moran singled to right center
    • E. Diaz: Foul, Diaz lined out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • N. Kingham Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Arenado reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Murphy popped out to shortstop
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
    • B. Rodgers: Ball, Rodgers reached on an infield single to first, Arenado to second
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Wolters homered to right, Arenado and Rodgers scored
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gray singled to center
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Frazier singled to center
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • G. Polanco: Strike swinging, Ball, Polanco grounded into double play shortstop to first, Frazier out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • N. Kingham Pitching:
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Story walked
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Tapia grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Ball, Bell homered to right
    • B. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Reynolds grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Moran struck out looking
    • E. Diaz: Foul, Diaz singled to right
    • K. Newman: Ball, Newman doubled to deep center, Diaz scored
    • N. Kingham: Kingham grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. DuRapau Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • T. Story: Foul, Story singled to center
    • R. Tapia: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Tapia walked, Story to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Arenado fouled out to catcher
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Murphy homered to right center, Story and Tapia scored
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Desmond singled to right
    • Nick Kingham relieved Montana DuRapau
    • B. Rodgers: Foul, Strike looking, Rodgers reached on an infield single to pitcher, Desmond to second
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Strike looking, Wolters grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Frazier grounded out to pitcher
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marte grounded out to second
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)