Rockies Vs. Pirates: Jose Veras Gives Up Game-Winning Double As Pirates Lose

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Rockies Vs. Pirates: Ty Wigginton's Double Gives Rockies 6-3 Win

The Pirates lost 6-4 on Saturday thanks to a bases-clearing double by Ty Wigginton off Jose Veras in the eighth, but the Pirates only had to depend on their bullpen for one inning, allowing their relievers to reset after the bullpen worked 11-plus innings Friday night.

Charlie Morton worked seven innings for the Pirates and mostly kept runs off the board thanks to another outing filled with ground balls, but he walked five batters and gave up a run in the first when he walked the first two men on and Carlos Gonzalez grounded into a run-scoring double play. Ryan Doumit hit a two-run homer in the second inning, but the Rockies tied the game with an RBI single by Gonzalez in the third. Seth Smith hit a solo homer for the Rockies, but Matt Diaz hit an RBI single to tie the game at 3-3

At that point, the walks hurt the Pirates again, as reliever Jose Veras allowed a walk and a single. He then struck out two straight batters with curveballs, but hit Jose Lopez and allowed Ty Wigginton to hit a bases-clearing double to give the Rockies a 6-3 lead. Jose Tabata hit a solo homer in the eighth, but that was it for the Bucs.

The Pirates promoted reliever Daniel McCutchen to take the roster spot of injured starter Ross Ohlendorf, and McCutchen worked a third of an inning tonight. Kevin Correia, who is scheduled to start on Tuesday, pitched a scoreless ninth to get the Pirates bullpen a rest.

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Rockies Vs. Pirates: Charlie Morton Looks To Build On Strong First Start

Charlie Morton will look to build on his strong first start Saturday night against the Colorado Rockies at 7:05 PM at PNC Park.

Morton walked five batters in his 2011 debut against the Cardinals, but he racked up one ground ball out after another thanks to a new approach that included lots of pitches thrown inside and a repertoire that weighted heavily toward fastballs and sinkers. Overall, he posted a quality start, with one run and three hits allowed in six innings. After a 2010 season in which he posted a 7.57 ERA, his 2011 debut was a breath of fresh air for Pirates fans. A deep run tonight would be a boon to the Pirates, who used all their available relievers last night in their 14-inning marathon.

The Rockies' starter will be Greg Reynolds, who is starting because Ubaldo Jimenez recently went to the disabled list. Reynolds was the second overall pick in the 2006 draft, but his climb through the minors was slowed by injuries and ineffectiveness. His game revolves around keeping runners off the bases by limiting walks, but he's very hittable, and the Pirates have a decent chance of getting to him.

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