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Pittsburgh2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4110
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  W: C. Archer (1-0)   L: G. Márquez (9-9)   S: F. Vázquez (26)
12:10 PM PT1:10 PM MT2:10 PM CT3:10 PM ET15:10 ET19:10 GMT3:10 12:10 PM MST2:10 PM EST2:40 PM VEN23:10 UAE2:10 PM CT, August 8, 2018
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 35,702

Pirates' Archer trying for better outing against Rockies

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Pittsburgh Pirates at Colorado Rockies

  1. The Rockies took two of three at Pittsburgh in April and have won three of the last four matchups in Colorado. The Rockies, however, have not had a winning record against the Pirates in a single season since 2013, when they went 4-2.
  2. Pirate pitchers are allowing opponents to hit .342 with a .944 OPS in four August games after opponents had a .225 average and .658 OPS in their final four July games. Righty Joe Musgrove, who'll make his first career appearance against Colorado in the opener, has yielded two runs or fewer in four of five starts.
  3. Josh Harrison is batting an MLB-best .377 with men on and .172 with none on for baseball's largest drop-off at .205 (min. 275 PAs) - Cubs' Jason Heyward is second at .139. The largest drop-off by an MLB qualifier in the last 40 years was the Cubs' Steve Buechele at .157 in the 1994 strike-shortened season.
  4. The Rockies return to Denver following a 2-5 road trip. They went 12-2 at Coors Field in July with their starting pitchers posting a 1.71 ERA. That marks the franchise's lowest ERA by its starters at home over a calendar month (min. 10 games), besting the old mark by more than a run -- 2.80 in May 2006.
  5. Kyle Freeland has gone 6-2 with a 2.45 ERA in nine starts at Coors Field this season. His ERA is the lowest by a Colorado pitcher over his first nine home starts of a season.
  6. Nolan Arenado has a 1.376 OPS against lefties but a .786 OPS versus righties, a difference of .590 that is easily the largest in MLB (Cubs' Kris Bryant ranks second at .442). In the last 40 years, only Arenado and Jeff Bagwell have a lefty/right OPS difference of at least .590. Bagwell's was .594 in his 1994 MVP season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/6/2018 thru 8/8/2018

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 MLB.com. "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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