Gerrit Cole strikes out six as Pirates fall to the Rockies


Aug 2, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

On Friday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates (65-44) hosted the Colorado Rockies (52-59) in game one of the three-game series. The Rockies scored early and often as they took the game 4-2. Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole went 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs off three hits and two walks.

In the top of the second, Rockies short stop Troy Tulowitzki homered to left, giving Colorado the early 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third, Andrew McCutchen singled to right field, scoring Neil Walker from third tying the game at 1-all.

In the top of the sixth, Tulowitzki reached first on an infield single, scoring Dexter Fowler. Later in the inning, Todd Helton singled to center scoring Tulowitzki and Corey Dickerson, giving Colorado the 4-1 advantage.

In the bottom of the ninth, Pedro Alvarez doubled to deep center scoring McCutchen, but the Pirates fell to the final score 4-2.

Notes: Since starting the season 4-0, Gerrit Cole has gone 1-5 in his last six starts.