DENVER (KDKA/AP) — Kevin Correia allowed just three hits and struck out four in the Pirates 3-0 win over the Colorado Rockies.
Correia (4-2, 2.90 ERA) pitched 6 2-3 solid innings and the Buccos’ offensive backed him up.
Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones each it home runs. The Pirates improve to 12-14 – just two games shy of .500.
Correia quieted a Colorado offense that was shut out for the first time this season.
The Rockies were limited to five singles and the heart of their batting order – Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton – were a combined 1 for 12 during a game that was played in intermittent snow over the final couple of innings. Gonzalez bunted his way on in the ninth to break an 0-for-25 skid before Joel Hanrahan retired the next three batters for his eighth save in eight chances.
Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin (3-2) went seven innings and allowed three runs on six hits, including two homers.
Chacin, who had eight strikeouts and no walks, had not allowed a run over 16 innings in winning his previous two starts at home before giving up a solo homer in the third. McCutchen drove his 2-1 offering over the center-field wall for his fourth home run of the season.
The Pirates made it 2-0 in the sixth as Jones connected for his fifth home run, a two-out drive off Chacin that sailed into the right-field seats.
In the seventh, Pedro Alvarez had a two-out single and Ronny Cedeno followed with an RBI triple to the left-center gap.