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Pirates fall meekly to Marquez

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steven Brault allowed five runs but only really made two bad pitches.

After walking the first batter of the game in temperatures barely above freezing and in front of a crowd perhaps numbering in the hundreds, the next batter, Chris Ianetta, lined a double off the center field wall. A wild pitch and a ground ball later, the Rockies held a 2-0 lead they’d never relinquish.

Rebounding to retire ten batters in a raw, with one out in the fourth Brault walked Ian Desmond, Carlos Gonzalez grounded a single up the middle and Trevor Story launched a ball into the left field seats for a three-runs homer, putting Colorado up 5-0.

Meanwhile German Marquez only allowed two hits in six innings - both triples. With one out in the bottom of the fifth Francisco Cervelli hit a looper to right. Carlos Gonzalez attempted a diving catch to preserve the no-hitter, but the ball rolled behind him as Cervelli chugged to third, to be driven in on a Colin Moran sac fly. In the next inning Gregory Polanco walked with two outs and scored when Starling Marte lined a ball to the notch in left-center for another triple - but 5-2 was as close as the Pirates would get.

Tyler Glasnow pitched two credible innings, allowing a solo homer to Charlie Blackmon while Kyle Crick worked the ninth, but Pirates batters appeared totally baffled by the movement on the balls thrown home by Chris Rusin and Adam Ottavino.

The Bucs will try to regroup Tuesday evening behind Trevor Williams.