DENVER (AP) — Kevin Correia pitched effectively into the seventh inning and Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones each homered, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Colorado Rockies 3-0 in the snow Friday night.
Correia (4-2) allowed three hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out four and walked one in becoming the first Pirates pitcher to win four games in April since Jeff Suppan in 2003.
The victory against a Rockies team that came in tied with Cleveland and Philadelphia for the most wins (16) in the majors sweetened the homecoming for first-year Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle. He spent 15 years with the Colorado organization, including eight seasons as manager, and guided the Rockies to their only World Series appearance in 2007.
“That flag they got waving in left field (2007 NL Champions), that’s really humbling,” Hurdle said before the game. “But it’s time to make new memories. I’m from the ‘Burg now. They’ve got a good thing going on here and I’m just trying to figure out a way to beat ’em.”
Correia was at the center of that equation, quieting a Colorado offense that was shut out for the first time this season.
The Rockies were limited to five singles and the heart of their batting order — Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton — were a combined 1 for 12 during a game that was played in intermittent snow over the final couple of innings. Gonzalez bunted his way on in the ninth to break an 0-for-25 skid before Joel Hanrahan retired the next three batters for his eighth save in eight chances.
Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin (3-2) went seven innings and allowed three runs on six hits, including two homers.
Chacin, who had eight strikeouts and no walks, had not allowed a run over 16 innings in winning his previous two starts at home before giving up a solo homer in the third. McCutchen drove his 2-1 offering over the center-field wall for his fourth home run of the season.
The Pirates made it 2-0 in the sixth as Jones connected for his fifth home run, a two-out drive off Chacin that sailed into the right-field seats.
In the seventh, Pedro Alvarez had a two-out single and Ronny Cedeno followed with an RBI triple to the left-center gap.
NOTES: Prior to the game, the Rockies recalled INF Alfredo Amezaga from Colorado Springs and optioned RHP Clayton Mortensen to their Triple-A affiliate. In a separate move, the Rockies designated RHP Alan Johnson for assignment. … Cedeno’s triple was the first by a Pirates player this season. The Pirates were the last team in the majors to hit a triple. … With one game remaining in April, the Rockies are one win shy of the team record for most wins in the month. The 1997 Rockies, under Hurdle, had 17 wins during April.
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