Colorado delivers KO against Pirates
Saturday: Pittsburgh at Colorado, 3:10 p.m.
Pitchers: Pirates RHP Mitch Keller (3-6) vs. Rockies RHP Jose Uerena (0-1)
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Sunday: Pittsburgh at Colorado, 3:10
Radio: TOONA 1430-AM & 99.7-FM
The Associated Press
DENVER — Brendan Rodgers homered and drove in four runs, C.J. Cron hit his 21st home run and German Marquez became the second Colorado pitcher to reach 900 career strikeouts as the Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-2 on Friday night.
Elias Diaz had two hits and three RBIs and Charlie Blackmon had three hits and two RBIs as the Rockies extended their winning streak to four games. Blackmon had two singles off Pittsburgh starter Jose Quintana, improving to 8 for 13 against the left-hander in his career.
Marquez (6-7) gave up two runs and six hits in 6ª innings before leaving in the seventh inning after being struck in the back of the right leg by a one-hopper from Kevin Newman.
Marquez recovered to pick up the ball and throw Newman out for the first out of the seventh, but he went to the ground momentarily and was tended to by a member of the training staff. Marquez retired the next batter and was removed after Jake Marisnick’s a two-out double.
Marisnick had two doubles and scored a run, and Jason Delay had a run-scoring single in the fifth for the Pirates, who have lost three in a row after a four-game winning streak. The Pirates are 5-5 on the final leg of a 11-day, 12-game trip that concludes in Denver on Sunday.
Rodgers had a three-run double in the third, Diaz had a two-run single in the fourth and Cron and Rodgers hit back-to-back homers with one out in a five-run seventh. The Rockies have scored 33 runs during their winning streak.
Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz has 16 RBIs since being recalled June 20, tied with Minnesota’s Jose Miranda for the league lead among rookies.
Cruz also has the hardest thrown ball by an infielder this season as measured by Statcast, a 97.8 mph throw to retire Luke Williams in the third inning of a 3-2 loss at Miami on Thursday. Statcast has been tracking throws since 2015.
Notes: Pirates CF Bryan Reynolds (oblique) has not begun baseball activities and will not return before the All-Star break, manager Derek Shelton said. … C Tyler Heineman was activated from the medical emergency list and C Michael Perez was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. … The Pirates recalled OF Cal Mitchell from Indianapolis and optioned OF Jack Suwinski.