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August 10, 2013

Rosario’s 4 RBIs help Rockies end skid

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DENVER —

It was the first relief appearance of Harrison’s career and marked the first time a Pirates position player had been used in a relief role since infielder Abraham Nunez got one out during a 12-1 Pittsburgh loss to the Chicago Cubs on May 30, 2004.
“Why bring any other pitcher in?” said Hurdle, also a former Rockies manager. “I’ve got a little experience here. You bring in another pitcher and he might end up facing four or five. We told him to keep it low and don’t get hurt. He said he didn’t get to work his cutter in. It’s a hard at-bat for the other guy. We wanted to preserve our pen for the two games we have left to play.”
Jorge De La Rosa (11-6) went five innings, shaking off a blow near his pitching shoulder from Jordy Mercer’s comebacker and keeping the Pirates in check by working out of two bases-loaded jams early.
Pittsburgh, one of only three major league teams with at least 70 wins this season, lost for the first time in six games.
The Rockies had averaged just over a run per game during their skid, which included a 5-2 loss a week ago at PNC Park in which Liriano got the win with seven scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 2.02. It increased to 2.83 after the second-chance shelling by the Rockies.
“I felt like the guys attacked the big part of the field and certainly didn’t go up there and try to pull them,” Weiss said. “He’s got a great changeup and we made some adjustments, let the ball travel a little bit and attacked the big part of the field.”
The Pirates opened the game with four consecutive singles off De La Rosa but failed to score. Leadoff man Starling Marte was picked off first base by De La Rosa after singling. Jordy Mercer, Andrew McCutchen and Russell Martin hit successive singles to load the bases but De La Rosa fanned Pedro Alvarez and got Gaby Sanchez on a groundout to end the inning.

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