DENVER (AP) – Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer, Jeff Locke threw six scoreless innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 6-1 on Monday night in a game that was briefly delayed by rain.
Locke (1-2) allowed five hits as he bounced back from a clunker in his last outing. He struck out a season-high eight, including five on called third strikes.
That drew the ire of the Rockies, who weren’t too pleased with home-plate umpire Lance Barrett’s low strike zone. Manager Walt Weiss was ejected after the fourth for arguing and outfielder Ryan Raburn followed in the six.
Chad Bettis (2-1) had his start moved up a day with Jorge De La Rosa under the weather. Bettis gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings.
A.J. Schugel picked up his first major league save by pitching 2 1/3 innings.
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