Story’s homer lifts Rock­ies past Pi­rates

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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.

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