DENVER, CO - JULY 14: Jeremy Guthrie #15 of the Colorado Rockies pitches in the first inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field on July 14, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Pirates Vs. Rockies: Colorado Blows Early Lead In 9-6 Loss

The pitching staff couldn't hold an early lead as the Rockies lost 9-6 to the Pirates on Wednesday.

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Pirates Vs. Rockets Final Score: Colorado Loses 9-6

The Colorado Rockies lost 9-6 to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday afternoon in a game that saw all 15 runs cross the plate before the end of the fifth inning. Through the first five frames, fans were treated to an absolute slugfest, but both teams saw their bullpens tighten things up near the end.

The Rockies jumped out to an early lead, scoring the first three runs of the game before ultimately taking a 5-1 lead after two innings. Colorado starter Jeremy Guthrie promptly blew that lead, giving up five runs in the third inning, before the Rockies tied the game back up, 6-6, in the fourth inning.

Home runs would ultimately end the Rockies' bid to take the three-game series, though, as reliever Matt Reynolds allowed homers to Casey McGehee and Rod Barajas in the fifth inning. Those homers would prove to provide the margin of victory, as the Pirates would hold on for the 9-6 win.

Andrew Brown had an impressive day while batting clean up, notching three hits and two RBI to lead the Rockies offense. Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez both went deep for Colorado, as well.

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Pirates Vs. Rockies Score Update: Colorado Trails 6-5 Early

After taking an early lead, the Colorado Rockies are now trailing 6-5 to the Pittsburgh Pirates through three innings of play at Coors Field on Wednesday afternoon. The wheels have come off for Rockies starter Jeremy Guthrie once again, as he didn't even make it out of the third inning.

The Rockies actually scored the first three runs of the game en route to a 5-1 lead through two innings, but Guthrie proceeded to blow that lead fairly quickly. After getting two outs following a lead-off single in the third frame, Guthrie simply fell apart, facing six consecutive hitters without recording a single out.

A three-run homer by Pittsburgh's Garrett Jones proved to be particularly damaging, especially after the subsequent two hitters both got on base despite failing to hit the ball out of the infield. Guthrie just looked lost by the end, eventually being replaced by Matt Reynolds, who struck out Pirates pitcher James McDonald to end the inning.

Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez have led Colorado's offense so far on Wednesday, as each outfielder has contributed a homer and a walk, respectively. Jordan Pacheco has added a pair of singles, although his error in the top of the third inning proved to be costly.

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Pirates Vs. Rockies: Colorado Sends Jeremy Guthrie To Mound Looking For Series Win

The Colorado Rockies received a disappointing performance by rookie pitcher Christian Friedrich on Tuesday night, but are still in position for a series win against the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates.

Colorado sends Jeremy Guthrie (3-9, 6.14) to the mound in this afternoon showdown. The veteran righthander has had his share of struggles this season, but has a respectable 4.32 ERA in July since returning to the rotation.

The Pirates send young pitcher James McDonald (9-3, 2.59) looking to regain some momentum. Pittsburgh current;y finds themselves fighting for a playoff berth, and owe much of their success to success stories like McDonald who is enjoying a career best season. He struggled in his first post All Star Break start, an appearance against the Milwaukee Brewers that lasted less than five innings.

TV/RADIO: ROOT, 850 KOA

TIME: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 1:10pm MT

LOCATION: Coors Field, Denver, CO

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Pirates Vs. Rockies Final Score: Colorado's Comeback Falls Short In 6-2 Loss

The Colorado Rockies loaded the bases in the ninth inning, but Tyler Colvin was out on a dropped third strike as the Pittsburgh Pirates earned a 6-2 victory on Tuesday night at Coors Field. The loss drops Colorado to 35-55, while Pittsburgh continues its surprising season by moving to 50-40.

Colorado held a 2-1 lead until Pittsburgh broke the game open by scoring four runs in the fifth. Pirates All-Star Andrew McCutchen finished with two hits and two runs including a solo homer in the fourth inning, his 22nd of the year.

Rockies starter Christian Friedrich allowed six hits and five runs over 4.2 innings to fall to 5-7 on the campaign. Erik Bedard picked up the win for the Pirates to improve to 5-10, while Joel Hanrahan nailed down his 25th save of the season to seal the victory.

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Johnny Herrera Injury: DL Stint For Infielder Caused By Wrist Infection

Chris Nelson and Juan Nicasio were both sent to the disabled list by the Colorado Rockies in recent days because of known injuries. Nelson had a heart condition and Nicasio was sidelined for the rest of the year becuase of bone chips in his knee. The Rockies had also sent shortstop and second baseman Johnny Herrera to the DL, but the reasons for that one were unknown.

Troy Renck finally tweeted the reason on Tuesday, and it's a bit more interesting a problem than most people were likely expecting to hear. Herrera apparently has been sidelined because of a wrist infection caused by a watch:

There's no word on how long Herrera is expected to be out because of the odd 'injury'. No word on how exactly a watch could get his wrist infected, either.

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Pirates Vs. Rockies Lineups: Eric Young Leading Off For Colorado

The Colorado Rockies go for a second consecutive win over the Pittsburgh Pirates when the two teams meet on Tuesday night. Christian Friedrich will get the start for the Rockies on the mound, and Eric Young is back in the lineup for the first time in a couple of weeks. The full lineups are listed below.

Colorado:

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Pittsburgh:

1. Alex Presley (LF)
2. Drew Sutton (RF)
3. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
4. Casey McGehee (1B)
5. Neil Walker (2B)
6. Pedro Alvarez (3B)
7. Michael McKenry (C)
8. Clint Barmes (SS)
9. Erik Bedard (SP)

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Rockies Transactions: Chris Nelson, Jonathan Herrera Placed On Disabled List

The Colorado Rockies have placed Chris Nelson and Jonathan Herrera on the disabled list. Nelson was admitted to the hospital on Monday to address an irregular heartbeat. He remains hospitalized for the time being.

Related: Pirates Vs. Rockies: Christian Friedrich Out For Personal, Team Winning Streaks

In place of Nelson and Herrera, Colorado has added DJ LeMahieu and Andrew Brown to its big league roster.

LeMahieu has appeared in 19 games for the Rockies this season. Brown has spent the entire season up to this point in triple-A.

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Pirates Vs. Rockies: Christian Friedrich Out For Personal, Team Winning Streaks

The Colorado Rockies have started off their first two post-All-Star Break series on the right foot with victories against the Philadelphia Phillies and the Pittsburgh Pirates, but against the former the series went downhill after that, losing both games. On Monday, the Rockies escaped with a 5-4 walkoff victory after surrendering a 4-1 lead in the top half of the inning. Can they start a winning streak?

The Rockies turn to Christian Friedrich (5-6, 5.60 ERA), who is looking to win back-to-back games since he won three straight over late May and early June. On July 13, Friedrich picked up his fifth win of the season when he helped defeat the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-2. He allowed one run in six innings and struck out seven batters.

Erik Bedard (4-10, 4.80 ERA) has lost three straight games entering this game. He has allowed at least four runs each time and has lasted fewer innings each time. In his last start, Bedard allowed five runs in 3.2 innings to the San Francisco Giants.

This game can be seen on ROOT Sports and head on 850 KOA at 6:40 p.m. MT.

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Pirates Vs. Rockies Final Score: Colorado Wins On Dexter Fowler's 9th Inning Sacrifice Fly

A brief rain delay in the ninth inning followed by a three-run rally by the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates in the top half of the final frame couldn't stop the Colorado Rockies, who scored a 5-4 victory at Coors Field on Monday night. Dexter Fowler's sacrifice fly to center field to score catcher Willin Rosario gave the Rockies the victory, and moved the team to 35-54. The loss drops Pittsburgh to 49-40.

The Pirates tied the game in the ninth when Pedro Alvarez clubbed a three-run homer, his 18th bomb of the year. Jason Rutledge, Eric Young Jr. and Marco Scutaro each drove in runs in the fifth for Colorado.

Rockies starter Jeff Francis six hits and one earned run over five innings. He was pulled after 72 pitches.

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Pirates Vs. Rockies Score Update: Colorado Leads 4-1 After 5 Innings

After a big fifth inning, the Colorado Rockies will take a 4-1 lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday at Coors Field. The game has been characterized by rainy conditions, but there are still no signals of the contest being delayed or shortened.

All of the game's runs were scored in fifth inning. Pittsburgh got on the board first when pitcher Jeff Karstens helped his own cause by singling to right and driving in Pablo Alvarez. Shortstop Josh Rutledge would single in Tyler Colvin for the Rockies to tie the game in the bottom half of the frame. Eric Young Jr. added two more runs for Colorado when he doubled to deep right to score Rutledge and Wilin Rosario. Marco Scutaro would later score Young Jr. with an RBI single.

Starter Jeff Francis has allowed six hits and one earned run over five innings and 72 pitches for the Rockies.

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Chris Nelson Hospitalized, Undergoing Tests For Irregular Heartbeat

The Colorado Rockies announced Monday that outfielder Chris Nelson has checked into a hospital and is undergoing tests for an irregular heartbeat. No additional details have been released by the team at this point.

Related: Juan Nicasio Injury: Rockies RHP Out For The Season After Undergoing Microfracture Surgery On Left Knee

Nelson has appeared in 58 games for the Rockies in 2012 and is hitting .256/.324/.411 with nine doubles, five home runs and 23 RBI. This is his third major league season with Colorado.

UPDATE: Nelson will remain hospitalized overnight.

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Juan Nicasio Injury: Rockies RHP Out For The Season After Undergoing Microfracture Surgery On Left Knee

Colorado Rockies starter Juan Nicasio had microfracture surgery on his left knee Monday and will miss the rest of the 2012 season.

Related: Know Your Foe #30: McCutchen, Pirates Continue Race Toward Postseason in Denver

Nicasio was scratched from a rehab start on July 5 because of the knee trouble, which is what eventually led to Monday's procedure. He's been on the disabled list since the first week of June.

Nicasio finishes the season with a 2-3 record in 11 starts and a 5.28 ERA; he struck out 54 and walked 22 in 58 innings of work. His final appearance of the season came against the Dodgers on June 2.

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Pirates Vs. Rockies Lineups: Carlos Gonzalez Batting 4th On Monday

The Colorado Rockies open a three-game series against Pittsburgh on Monday night with outfielder Carlos Gonzalez hitting in the No. 4 spot for the first time in 2012. The full lineups are listed below.

Colorado:

1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
2. Marco Scutaro (R) 2B
3. Jordan Pacheco (R) 3B
4. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
5. Michael Cuddyer (R) 1B
6. Tyler Colvin (L) RF
7. Wilin Rosario (R) C
8. Josh Rutledge (R) SS
9. Jeff Francis (L) P

Related: Know Your Foe #30: McCutchen, Pirates Continue Race Toward Postseason in Denver

Pittsburgh:

1. Alex Presley (L) LF
2. Josh Harrison (R) RF
3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
4. Casey McGehee (R) 1B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
7. Rod Barajas (R) C
8. Clint Barmes (R) SS
9. Jeff Karstens (R) P

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage of this series, visit Rockies blog Purple Row and Pittsburgh Pirates blog Bucs Dugout. And for more from around MLB, head over to Baseball Nation.

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Rockies Vs. Pirates: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Rockies will look to bounce back against the Pirates on Monday night with Jeff Francis on the mound.

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