National League Game Summary - Colorado at Pittsburgh
(Friday, August 2nd)
Final Score: Colorado 4, Pittsburgh 2
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Jhoulys Chacin pitched eight strong innings
and Troy Tulowitzki homered in Colorado's 4-2 win over the NL Central-leading
Chacin (10-5), who retired the final 14 batters he faced, gave up six hits, a
run and had three strikeouts.
"He was outstanding. exactly what we needed. We need to save the pen," Rockies
manager Walt Weiss said.
Tulowitzki and Todd Helton each drove in two runs for the Rockies, who snapped
a four-game skid.
Gerrit Cole (5-5) allowed three hits and three runs over 5 1/3 innings. The
rookie right-hander also had six strikeouts, but lost for the fifth time in
his last six starts.
Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez each knocked in a run for the Pirates, who
took four of five games from the Cardinals earlier this week to take over
first place in their division. The Bucs were throttled, 13-0, in the finale of
that series Thursday night.
Alvarez lined out to leave a runner at third in the opening inning, and the
Cardinals went ahead in the second on Tulowitzki's leadoff blast to left, his
20th homer of the year.
Starling Marte had an infield single and Neil Walker doubled to set up
McCutchen's RBI base hit to right field in the third. Alvarez, though, again
couldn't come through in the clutch as his double-play grounder ended the
Colorado, which failed with two runners in scoring position in the fourth,
went ahead for good in the sixth. Dexter Fowler walked and Corey Dickerson
singled to put runners on the corners with one out. Justin Wilson relieved
Cole, but Tulowitzki hit a high chopper between the mound and first base to
leg out a hit for a 2-1 edge. A wild pitch advanced the runners, who both
scored on Helton's line single to center.
Russell Martin's single to start the bottom of the fourth was the last hit
given up by Chacin.
"He just dotted the ball up for eight innings, kept the ball down," Pirates
manager Clint Hurdle said of Chacin.
Carlos Gonzalez flied out to left to strand a pair of runners in scoring
position in the top of the ninth, and Rex Brothers ran into trouble in the
bottom portion. McCutchen and Alvarez hit back-to-back doubles with one out,
but Martin flied out to center. Pinch-hitter Gaby Sanchez flied out to right
to end the game and gave Brothers his eighth save of the year.
The Pirates activated pitcher Jared Hughes from the 15-day disabled list and
optioned pitcher Vic Black to Triple-A Indianapolis ... The Pirates have
recorded at least one extra-base hit in each of their last 49 games ... Cole
has gone 0-4 in his last four home starts after winning each of his first
08/02 22:33:39 ET
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