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Rockies Roll Over Pirates, 13-3

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Colorado Rockies Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Bucs’ recent six-game winning streak felt miles away this afternoon, after their pitching staff was bludgeoned from pillar to post by the Rockies’ offense.

Starter Ivan Nova struck out five batters and only walked one, but he allowed eleven men to reach base during his five-plus innings of work. Four of them scored during the third inning, a death-by-a-thousand-cuts frame that included four singles, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch on a fastball that caught D.J. LeMahieu right in the letters. A fifth came around during Nova’s final inning, via a home run by Charlie Blackmon.

Nova remained in the game for the start of the sixth inning, but was chased without retiring an out when Trevor Story hit a two-run homer. Clint Hurdle then inserted long man Wade LeBlanc via a double switch, intending to have him soak up some innings, but LeBlanc only ensured that the game was fully out of reach. He walked two batters and surrendered four hits, including home runs by Pat Valaika and Mark Reynolds, as the Rockies batted around their order. Hurdle was eventually forced to relent and turn to Daniel Hudson, who retired Story on a groundout to staunch the bleeding with the score sitting at 12-2. Both teams took advantage of the margin to get their stars some rest, and the Rockies seemed to take their foot off the gas pedal a bit, though Reynolds did hit another home run against Jhan Marinez in the eighth.

The Pirates, for their part, compiled eleven hits on the day, but had trouble converting those baserunners into runs. Rockies starter Kyle Freeland did a good job of keeping the ball down, as only three of the Bucs’ hits went for extra bases: a double to deep center for Josh Harrison in the fourth, a home run to even deeper center for David Freese in the sixth, and a two-out double from Adam Frazier in the seventh. Harrison and Freese scored the Pirates’ first two runs, and Starling Marte brought home Jose Osuna for the third with a single in the eighth inning, after the game was well out of reach.

Harrison was the Pirates’ top performer for the day, going 3-for-5 at bat and saving a run with a leaping grab on a line drive. Francisco Cervelli also provided a few moments of levity by stealing Clint Hurdle’s sunglasses during a mound visit. All in all, however, it was a day to forget, and an ignominious end to the Pirates’ time in Colorado. They will head west tomorrow to begin a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants, and try to recapture their winning ways.