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Coors Field, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 35,702

Pirates' Archer trying for better outing against Rockies

The ovations from approving fans during right-hander Chris Archer's debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates are in the rearview mirror.

His second start since his trade from Tampa Bay won't be in front of the welcoming home crowd Wednesday as he faces the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Archer (3-5, 4.40 ERA) will face Rockies righty German Marquez (9-8, 4.70 ERA) looking for his first win with the Pirates.

Friday against St. Louis, Archer wasn't overly sharp and did not get a decision. Matt Carpenter homered on Archer's third pitch, and he allowed five runs (three earned) in 4 1/3 innings in a game Pittsburgh nailed down later, 7-6.

"I think you got to get a glimpse of everything," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "I have no idea what that man had to compartmentalize and work through -- adrenaline, emotion, all of it. At the end of the day, he went out and competed, and that's the thing he's always done. He gave us everything he had.

"I'm not going to overcook this one. He's pitched one game. We won the game that he started."

It left Archer eager to get back on the mound.

"I can say this: I'll be able to slow the game down a lot better next outing," he said.

Coming from the American League, Archer doesn't have much experience against Colorado -- just one game, but it was memorable. In a start July 20, 2016, he struck out 11 and allowed two runs in six innings in an 11-3 win.

Pittsburgh could use that kind of performance Wednesday to clinch the series.

The Pirates (58-56) and Rockies (60-53) are on the outside but in the hunt for a National League wild-card spot. Pittsburgh moved within 2 1/2 games of Colorado with a 10-2 win Tuesday on Jameson Taillon's complete game to end a three-game losing streak, including being shut out in the series opener 2-0.

First baseman Josh Bell (oblique) is likely to return from the disabled list Wednesday for Pittsburgh, but teammate Corey Dickerson left Tuesday's game after fouling a ball off his foot.

For Colorado, Marquez is 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA over his past six starts and has pitched at least seven innings in each of his past two.

Friday at Milwaukee, he struck out nine and gave up two runs in seven innings but ended up without a decision when the Brewers won 5-3 on Eric Thames' walkoff homer.

Marquez had a couple pitches singing that game. Of his breaking ball, he said, "I used it quite a bit because it was working for me. I had good command of that pitch -- the break, the depth -- it was pretty good."

Thames was 0-for-3 with a strikeout against Marquez.

"He was locating that fastball, changing speeds from 91 to 97 (mph) and had a good slider," Thames said, according to "He was locating it pretty well. He did a good job."

Marquez has been strong against Pittsburgh, winning each of his three career starts with a 2.50 ERA. That includes a win April 16 this season when he gave up two runs and two hits in six innings.

Updated August 7, 2018

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