PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ke’Bryan Hayes tied three with three hits in the eighth inning Yoshi Tsutsugo’s infield hit Monday night when the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1.
Hayes took the lead in the eighth with a hit against Tyler Kinley (1-1), and Daniel Vogelbach stole second and advanced to third with a touchout. Tsutsugo then knocked out a slow bouncer to second base for Hayes to score.
David Bednar (1-0) escaped the first and second jams in the 8th to keep the score at 1. He went on to scoreless in the ninth.
Josh VanMeter added two hits to the Pirates, who are on a three-game losing streak. Connor Joe had two hits for the Rockies.
The Pirates’ starting pitcher JT Brubaker had 5 hits and 1 runless run in 6.2 innings, but he hasn’t conceded a score in 9 games this season. He struck out four and walked two.
A pitching mistake by Brubaker caused the Rockies to score in four innings in Randal Grichuk’s double play, making it 1-all.
Rockies starter Chad Kool pitched 4 2/3 innings but allowed only one run in his first start against the previous team. He took four walks and one strikeout while allowing 103 pitches and five hits.
Kuhl spent his first five seasons with the Pirates before their release last November.
Pirates scored quickly for the first run of the game when Ben Gamel took the leadoff walk, caught second from a rough pitch and scored a double in Hayes’ right field corner.
The Rockies have lost 10 of their last 11 matches against the Pirates and 8 of their last 12.
Perez wants a comeback
Pirates catcher Roberto Perez returns to the team after undergoing end-of-season surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left hamstring. Perez will become a free agent at the end of the season and would like to return to Pittsburgh.
“I feel like I owe them another year,” said Perez, who signed a one-year, $5 million deal in the offseason. “It’s great here. Great organization. They treat me well. I love the coaching staff. I love the people around them, the players and the front office.”
The Pirates picked RHP Yerry De Los Santos to sign for Triple-A Indianapolis and RHP Bryse Wilson to the same club.
Wilson started the season in the starting rotation. He walked 14 in 28.2 innings with a 0-3 ERA of 7.53 in eight games, including five starts.
“It comes down to the fact that he has to put the ball in play,” said Pirates manager Derek Shelton. “It was our message to him. He’s been on the ball and throwing strikes all his career, but he’s not as consistent as he needs to be right now.”
Rockies: LF Kris Bryant (low back) scratched late. … RHP Robert Stephenson has been placed on the COVID-19 injured list and RHP Ashton Goudeau has been recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque. … RHP Antonio Senzatela (low back pain) is due to begin rehab on Friday in Albuquerque for the first time since an injury. … RHP Peter Lambert (right forearm inflammation) pitched two scoreless innings for Albuquerque on Sunday’s rehab mission.
Pirates: DH Daniel Vogelbach (lower injury) returns to the lineup after missing three games. … SS Kevin Newman (left groin sprain/left hamstring sprain) was moved from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day IL to free De Los Santos’ 40-man roster. Newman cannot be activated until June 27th.
to the next
Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (1-4, 4.85 ERA) starts Tuesday night with a losing streak.
Pirates: RHP Roansy Contreras (1-0, 3.52) has been recalled from Indianapolis and is expected to start as a starter after receiving three reliefs in Pittsburgh earlier this season.
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