- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Colorado Rockies got 10 hits off Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole in seven innings but managed only one run.

“Just couldn’t get the timely hit,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.

Starling Marte and John Jaso had two hits each and made fine defensive plays to help Cole navigate through seven shaky innings as the Pirates beat the Rockies 2-1 on Friday night, handing Colorado its third straight loss.

Cole (5-3) gave up a walk and did not record a strikeout as he won his second straight start. He allowed only one run after pitching eight scoreless innings last Sunday to beat the Cubs at Chicago.

“We made him work,” Weiss said. “We strung some good at-bats together. I thought our approach was really sound and he had to earn every out.”

However, the Rockies stranded nine runners and had another thrown out at the plate in a play that proved to be pivotal.

After David Freese snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-out single in the sixth inning, Marte preserved the 2-1 lead in the seventh by throwing out Dustin Garneau at home to end the inning as he tried to score from second base on Charlie Blackmon’s single to left.

It was Marte’s sixth outfield assist, tying for the National League lead with San Diego’s Matt Kemp. He led the NL with 16 last season.

Garneau said he knew he was taking a risk by running on Marte.

“We all know that these guys can throw in the outfield and Marte’s got a special arm so I tried to get as far as I could of a lead at second base and get a good read,” Garneau said. “The ball one-hopped him and he’s got a freaking cannon. So, besides plowing (catcher Francisco) Cervelli, I really had no shot.”

Mark Melancon worked around two singles in a scoreless ninth for his 14th save in 15 opportunities to help the Pirates win for the fifth time in six games.

Jaso, playing first base, twice robbed DJ LeMahieu of potential extra-base hits by snaring line drives and started an inning-ending double play after catching one in the second.

Jaso grabbed Gerardo Parra’s one-out slow roller in the fourth inning and threw home for the forceout. Cole then ended the inning by getting LeMahieu to ground out.

Jaso led off the first inning and scored the game’s first run on Gregory Polanco’s groundout. Jaso is 9 for 18 in the first five games of a 10-game homestand.

Nolan Arenado hit his 14th home run in the sixth inning and was one of three Rockies with three hits along with Blackmon and Mark Reynolds.

Eddie Butler (2-2) allowed two runs - one earned - and seven hits in six innings with no walks and one strikeout.

“Did a good job attacking the zone,” Butler said. “We had a pretty good plan. Two pitches in the first, bad sliders that were over the plate, ended up getting us in a little bit of trouble there. We were able to limit it.”

Weiss was pleased.

“He did a nice job,” Weiss said. “He made some big pitches in key times and certainly did his part.”


Rockies: LF Carlos Gonzalez went 0 for 3 and is hitless in his last 15 at-bats and is on a 2-for-31 slide. … SS Trevor Story’s seven-game hitting streak ended as he went 0 for 4.

Pirates: SS Jordy Mercer ran his hitting streak to six games with a triple in the fifth inning.


Rockies: RHP Christian Bergman (strained left oblique) was placed on the 15-day DL after being injured Thursday night in the Rockies’ 13-7 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.


The Rockies recalled RHPs Miguel Castro and Jordan Lyles from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned RHP Andrew Oberg to that club.

Castro pitched one scoreless inning Friday after making six relief appearances and posted a 1.50 ERA for the Rockies earlier in the season. Lyles began the year in Colorado’s rotation and was 1-1 with a 7.64 ERA in four starts but will be used in long relief.


Rockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood (5-3, 3.20 ERA) will start Saturday. He has won all four road starts with a major league-best 0.33 ERA.

Pirates: LHP Jon Niese (4-2, 5.48) will make his ninth start. The Pirates are 6-2 when he pitches.

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