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Rockies 6, Pirates 2: Offense keeps humming as Rockies win a cold one

The Colorado Rockies are hitting on the road. They are doing so against quality teams, or at least teams that are off to good starts this season. The offense kept producing on Monday night as the team defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 on a snowy, cold night.

Germán Márquez pitches well, doesn’t start any fights

The young right-handed starter was not alone in dealing with some early season struggles. Having had his last start shortened by a little dust-up with the San Diego Padres in which he threw stuff at people—baseballs and towels, accidentally and intentionally—Márquez came out sharp on Monday. He took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and went six solid innings while allowing just two runs. A welcome sight indeed.

Not quite taco’s, but still good

The offense struck early and throughout this one. Trevor Story blasted a three-run home run, joining Márquez as another guy we really want to see get on track. Charlie Blackmon had two hits and two driven in, including a home run to add insurance late. He’s good and thankfully it looks like he’s healthy.

Adam Ottavino strikeout tracker

The good news for the Pirates was that the Rockies didn’t even use their bullpen A-team to close out the final innings of this one. The bad news is they still had to face Adam Ottavino. He recorded two more strikeouts in the final inning, moving his total to 22 strikeouts on 34 batters faced this season.

Looking ahead

The Rockies, now 10-8 on the season, will try to keep it going Tuesday night in Pittsburgh with Chad Bettis starting opposite Trevor Williams.