Story’s homer lifts Rockies past Pirates
PITTSBURGH — Trevor Story drilled a three-run home run, German Marquez pitched six effective innings and the Colorado Rockies kept their road surge going with a 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.
Story bounced back from a miserable series in Washington by going 2 for 3 and driving in three runs, all of them coming when he sent a pitch from Steven Brault into the bleachers in left field with one out in the fourth at frigid and blustery PNC Park to break open a close game.
Charlie Blackmon added his team-leading seventh home run of the season for Colorado. The Rockies have won five of six overall and are 8-2 in their last Colorado’s Trevor Story rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run against Pittsburgh during Monday’s game.
10 games away from Coors Field.
Marquez (1-1) held the Pirates without a hit until a one-out triple by Francisco Cervelli in the fifth. He left after six innings, giving up two runs, two hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
Brault (2-1) met his first serious bump since being thrust into the rotation as
a stop-gap while Joe Musgrove deals with a strained right shoulder. The Rockies touched him for two runs in the first and he ran into trouble in the fourth after walking Ian Desmond and having Carlos Gonzalez line a single up the middle through the shift.
Enter Story, who came in hitting just .177, including 1 for 15 with 10 strikeouts during a series in Washington. Colorado put the runners in motion on a 2-2 count, but Story allowed his teammates to trot home after turning on Brault’s slider.
Brault pitched a season-high six innings, allowing five runs, five hits and two walks with a strikeout.
BLUE JAYS-ROYALS POSTPONED DUE TO FALLING ICE: The Toronto Blue Jays postponed their series opener against Kansas City because of chunks of ice crashing down from the nearby CN Tower following a weekend of freezing rain. The teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday. A weekend ice storm resulted in power outages, canceled flights and road collisions across Ontario. More than 120,000 customers remain without power.