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  • 29 May
    导出博客文章DENVER - Michael Cuddyer was trying to give his team a chance when he tagged up
    from first on a fly to centre. His hustle put him in scoring position and opened
    the floodgates for the Colorado Rockies. Dexter Fowler had two hits and two RBIs
    and the Rockies rode Cuddyers savvy baserunning to a big sixth inning and a 6-4
    victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night. "He got that inning
    going," manager Walt Weiss said. "Nothing Cuddy does surprises me. Always
    thinking, always looking for an edge." The start of the game was delayed 1 hour,
    48 minutes because of a weather cell that slowly moved into the area before the
    first pitch. Heavy rain and lightning hit Coors Field after the scheduled 6:10
    MDT start. The Pirates have lost two straight after winning 14 of 19, but stayed
    four games ahead of St. Louis in the NL Central. In the seventh inning, leadoff
    man Starling Marte left the game with a left hand injury and manager Clint
    Hurdle was ejected. "X-rays were taken and its a contusion," Hurdle said of
    Marte. Things had started to take a turn for the worse for the Pirates in the
    previous inning. Pittsburgh was leading 3-1 and A.J. Burnett, who beat the
    Rockies with a complete game last Sunday in Pittsburgh, was cruising when the
    Rockies put together a two-out rally. Cuddyer, who led off with a single,
    sparked it when he just beat the throw from centre on Wilin Rosarios fly ball.
    "At that point its 3-1, get into scoring position and get a big hit," Cuddyer
    said. "Obviously I didnt know it was going to lead to a five-run inning." The
    veteran move jump-started the Rockies. Nolan Arenado followed with a double to
    score Cuddyer, Jonathan Herrera walked and pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon doubled
    to tie the game. Fowler laced a two-run single to right to give the Rockies a
    5-3 lead and end Burnetts night. Burnett (5-8) allowed six runs — five earned —
    on eight hits and struck out eight in 5 2-3 innings. "Felt good man," Burnett
    said. "I was making pitches when I needed to with guys on base, getting out of
    jams. I have a tendency to get guys on and work out of the stretch a little bit,
    but you leave balls over the plate, thats what happens." It was a much different
    outing than last weekend when Burnett handcuffed the Rockies in tossing his 23rd
    complete game. He threw 110 pitches last Sunday but needed 99 to get two outs
    into the sixth Saturday. "Burnett commanded everything that day and really
    commanded the ball away to righties," Weiss said. "He still threw the ball
    really well, but our guys made some nice adjustments." Tony Watson came on and
    allowed Corey Dickersons single to left field. Marte threw to Pedro Alvarez at
    third, but Fowler dislodged the ball on his slide and ran home when it rolled
    into foul territory. Alvarez came up shaking his left hand but stayed in the
    game. "He caught a spike right on his index finger on his glove hand, but he was
    able to stay in the game," Hurdle said. "Take some swings and well see how he
    feels tomorrow." Marte wasnt as lucky. He fell to his knees and grabbed his hand
    in pain after being hit by Josh Outmans pitch in the top of the seventh. Marte
    was clearly hurting as the team trainer examined the injured area. Alex Presley
    ran for Marte. During the next at-bat, Neil Walker grounded to short and Troy
    Tulowitzki appeared to miss stepping on second base before throwing to first,
    though the umpires ruled it a double play. "It was a real athletic play to keep
    his foot on the bag there," Weiss said. "It was a heck of a play." Hurdle came
    out and argued heatedly that Tulowitzki failed to touch the bag. He was ejected
    for excessive arguing by second base umpire Adrian Johnson. It was the fifth
    ejection of the season for Hurdle, a former Rockies manager who drew some jeers
    from the crowd as he trudged off the field and into the clubhouse. "I wouldnt
    have gone out there if I didnt think he was safe," Hurdle said. "And when I got
    in I saw Adrian made a good call. He was on the bag. I trust my eyes and my eyes
    were wrong. When I went out there I really felt confident he was off the bag but
    Adrian made the right call." Rex Brothers gave up a run in the top of the ninth
    before striking out Andrew McCutchen and Alvarez to end the game for his ninth
    save. Colorado starter Juan Nicasio kept Pittsburghs offence in check before
    hitting a rough patch in the sixth. With two outs he allowed Martins third hit,
    and Martin scored on Garrett Jones triple to centre. Jose Tabata followed with
    an infield single up the middle to make it 3-1 and chase Nicasio. The righty
    allowed three runs on six hits and struck out four in 5 2-3 innings. Wilton
    Lopez (2-4) got the final out of the inning. NOTES: Marte flew out to start the
    game to end his streak of six straight hits over the previous two games. ...
    Rockies RHP Rafael Betancourt (appendectomy) is scheduled to throw a simulated
    game Monday. The team will decide after that whether to send him on a rehab
    assignment. ... Pittsburgh will send lefty Jeff Locke (9-3) against Colorado
    right-hander Chad Bettis (0-1) in the series finale Sunday.
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    it personally if Saints quarterback Drew Brees targets him frequently in Sundays
    season opener.If anything, Amerson wants it that way and is preparing for it to
    go down just like that. It might be, he said, the only way to stop New Orleans
    nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback.As a corner every play you have to go out there
    like the balls coming your way, Amerson said Wednesday. You cant worry about
    whats going on on the other side of the field. You have to think every play (my
    receiver is) going to get the ball. I just lock in on my guy.The Raiders
    secondary definitely has its hands full facing Brees and the Saints after
    undergoing a serious makeover in the offseason.In 10 games between the two
    teams, Brees has passed for 19 touchdowns with only four interceptions, a small
    chapter in the future Hall of Famers career.Drew is a great quarterback, a Hall
    of Fame quarterback, Oakland safety Reggie Nelson. He just does a great job of
    leading his group and hes been doing that for a while now.Nelson is in his first
    year with the Raiders after spending the previous six seasons with Cincinnati.
    The veteran safety led the NFL with eight interceptions in 2015 and has squared
    off against the Saints three times previously. Nelson has picked off Brees once,
    in 2010.I just have to be patient, Nelson said. Communication is the number one
    key. When I got here that was my main thing, communicate with me. Guys have been
    doing that. As long as were on the same page nobody can stop us.On paper it
    seems like a complete mismatch in the Saints favor.Brees led the NFL with 4,870
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    Joseph had been taking a majority of reps with the first-team defense in the
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