Pirates Lose To Rockies, 6-3

Zach Duke faces Jason Hammel and the Rockies tonight at 7:05.

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Rockies Win Despite Pedro Alvarez's Dramatic Homer

Sports Network | August 6, 2010

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Carlos Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBI and two runs scored as the Colorado Rockies took a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second of a four-game set.

Troy Tulowitzki went 3-for-5 with an RBI while Dexter Fowler scored twice and drove in a run for the Rockies, who have won six of their last eight. Jason Hammel (8-6) went six innings and was charged with three runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Pedro Alvarez clubbed a three-run home run to account for the offense for the Pirates, who have lost seven of their last nine. Zach Duke was tagged for three runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts over six innings in the start. Chan Ho Park (0-1), in his Pittsburgh debut, was handed the loss for giving up the go-ahead run in the seventh.

The Rockies got on the board in the first inning when Gonzalez clubbed a 1-1 pitch over the wall in dead center for a 1-0 lead.

Colorado tacked on two more runs in the third to make it a 3-0 game. Clint Barmes led off with a single and later moved to second on a balk. Fowler followed with an RBI double and then came home when Todd Helton belted a single to right.

Pittsburgh put runners on first and second with one out in the third, but Jose Tabata hit into a double play to kill the threat.

The Pirates finally got on the board in the sixth inning. Tabata hit a one-out single and Neil Walker was then hit by a pitch. After Garrett Jones struck out, Alvarez deposited a pitch into the right field seats to tie the game.

Colorado, though, grabbed the lead back in the seventh. With two outs, Gonzalez kept the inning alive with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Tulowitzki then dumped a single into left field to score Gonzalez for a 4-3 lead.

Matt Belisle, who worked the seventh, gave up a leadoff single to Tabata to start the eighth, but then picked him off. After striking out Walker, Joe Biemel came on and got Jones to ground out and end the frame.

Fowler led off the ninth with a blast to deep center that went off the top of the wall and was initially ruled a home run. The umpires, though, reviewed the play and Fowler was awarded a triple. After Helton walked, Gonzalez lofted a sacrifice fly to plate Fowler. Tulowitzki followed with a single and Jason Giambi punched a pinch-hit single up the middle to score Helton for a 6-3 lead.

Huston Street worked around a one-out single in the ninth to pick up his seventh save of the season.

Hammel was 0-3 in his previous four starts…Pittsburgh has won three of the five games against Colorado this season…Hammel is 1-1 in three career games against the Pirates…Colorado left 10 men on base…Game time was 3:19…Before the game, Pittsburgh optioned pitcher Justin Thomas to Triple-A Indianapolis.


Pirates Try To Continue Momentum Against Rockies

Sports Network | August 6, 2010


(Sports Network) - The Colorado Rockies aim for a return to winning - and to maintain feasible contention in the National League playoff chase - when they resume a four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates with game two tonight at PNC Park.

The Rockies entered Thursday's opener having won five of six games and had climbed within 4 1/2 games of the existing wild card lead in the NL, but missed a chance to close the gap even further with a 5-1 loss to the Pirates.

James McDonald (1-1) twirled six shutout innings for Pittsburgh and gave up just four hits and a walk with a season-high eight strikeouts for his first win of the season for the Pirates, who had dropped six of seven. Ronny Cedeno clubbed a two-run home run while Garret Jones added a solo shot.

Troy Tulowitzki went 3-for-4 with an RBI while Jeff Francis (4-4) was touched for five runs on nine hits with five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings for the Rockies.

Colorado is third in the NL West, 7 1/2 games behind division-leading San Diego and 4 1/2 in back of the San Francisco Giants, who lead the wild card chase.

Taking the mound for the visitors tonight will be righty Jason Hammel, who's been stuck on seven wins since downing the Padres, 4-2, in July 10.

A former pick of the Tampa Bay, Hammel improved to 7-3 on the season with that victory but is 0-3 in four starts since - though he's pitched seven innings or more in three of those outings.

He tossed 7 1/3 innings and allowed four runs in his most recent start while picking up a no-decision in Colorado's 6-5 defeat of the Chicago Cubs on July 31.

Hammel is 0-1 in two career meetings with the Pirates and is 1-5 in eight starts away from home this season. His lone road win came on June 29 at San Diego.

For Pittsburgh, lefty Zach Duke goes for a second win over the Rockies in 10 days. The Texas-born 27-year-old was a 4-2 winner in a July 27 matchup between the teams at Coors Field after allowing three hits and two runs in six innings.

The triumph raised his career mark against Colorado to 4-2 in six starts and lowered his earned run average against the Rockies to 6.25.

Duke was shelled for seven hits and six runs in five innings of one subsequent start on Aug. 1, dropping a 9-1 verdict to the Cardinals.

He is 2-5 in 10 starts in Pittsburgh.

Though the Pirates took two of three in Colorado from July 27-29, the Rockies have still won six of the last 10 meetings overall.

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