Rockies rout Pirates 13-2, extend win streak to 4 games

by | Jul 16, 2022 | Sports

DENVER — Brendan Rodgers homered and drove in four runs, C.J. Cron hit his 21st home run and German Marquez became the second Colorado pitcher to reach 900 career strikeouts as the Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-2 on Friday night.Elias Diaz had two hits and three RBIs and Charlie Blackmon had three hits and two RBIs as the Rockies extended their winning streak to four games. Blackmon had two singles off Pittsburgh starter Jose Quintana, improving to 8 for 13 against the left-hander in his career.The Rockies have won seven of nine and have scored 33 runs in their four-game streak.“We came out swinging tonight,” said Rodgers, whose two-out, three-run double in the third inning gave the Rockies a 4-1 lead. “We’re feeling good. The (All-Star) break is coming, but we are trying not to think too far in advance. We have two more games left to win, and that’s our goal.”Marquez (6-7) gave up two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings before leaving in the seventh inning after being struck in the back of the right leg by a one-hopper from Kevin Newman.Marquez recovered to pick up the ball and throw Newman out for the first out of the seventh, but he went to the ground momentarily and was tended to by a member of the training staff. Marquez retired th …

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