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August 3, 2013

Pirates’ offense fails to produce in loss to Rockies

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PITTSBURGH —

Pittsburgh has been outscored 17-2 in losing its past two after taking over the best record in the NL with four straight wins over the St. Louis Cardinals this week.
The Pirates scored in the ninth with consecutive one-out doubles by Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez off temporary closer Rex Brothers. But Russell Martin flied out to deep center and pinch-hitter Gaby Sanchez lined out to right to end it, earning Brothers his eighth save in nine opportunities.
“The scoreboard dictated the situation and what I was throwing,” Brothers said. “We had a three-run lead so I threw a lot of fastballs so they could put it in play.”
Pirates rookie Gerrit Cole (5-5) needed 102 pitches to make it through 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Cole dropped to 1-5 since winning his first four major league starts.
“He came out of the chute good — then at times it seemed that he couldn’t put away the hitters because all the foul balls extended innings,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “He ran a lot of deeper counts that extended his pitch count. He didn’t allow much damage to be done, though.”
Chacin is 7-2 with a 2.24 ERA since June 11 — the same day as Cole’s debut.
Chacin retired the final 14 he faced — the last nine coming after Marte’s line drive deflected off his forearm to shortstop Tulowitzki, who threw to first to complete the putout.
Chacin grimaced and shook his arm, but appeared to tell catcher Wilin Rosario, manager Walt Weiss and a member of the training staff that he was fine. Chacin retreated from the dugout into the tunnel after the inning ended but returned for the bottom of the sixth following a lengthy wait because his team sent eight men to the plate and scored three runs in the top half.
“That thing hit him square, and I thought he might be done,” Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. “And he goes out there and gives us three more innings. Really an impressive showing.
“This year, we gave him the responsibility of being a top-of-the-rotation guy, and he’s taken it and he’s run with it.”

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