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Jared Jones dazzles, Jack Suwinski delivers walk-off single as Pirates beat Rockies 1-0 – The Durango Herald

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jared Jones delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Pittsburgh, Saturday, May 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pinch-hitter Jack Suwinski singled to Connor Joe with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.

Joe led off the ninth against Nick Mears (0-3) with a single and eventually moved to third base on walks to Jared Triolo and Oneil Cruz. Suwinski followed with a single to left as the Pirates snapped a five-game losing streak.

Jared Jones, Colin Holderman and David Bednar (2-2) combined for a one-hitter as the Pirates won for the fourth time in their last 18 games. The Rockies scored only one baserunner, a double by Elias Diaz led off the fifth.

The 22-year-old Jones has been a revelation in the opening weeks of the season, dominating opponents with a fastball that can reach triple figures, offset by a slider and changeups that can keep opponents guessing.

The right-hander confused the Rockies, retiring the first twelve batters he faced before Díaz belted a clean double into the leftfield corner. After a strikeout and a few balls that later didn’t leave the infield, Jones jogged back to the dugout.

The Pirates have been cautious with Jones in hopes of protecting his right arm. Manager Derek Shelton raised eyebrows when he lifted Jones after five innings and 59 pitches (50 of which were strikes) against the New York Mets last month.

There was no early exit this time. Moving back to seventh for the first time in his career, Jones navigated the middle of Colorado’s lineup with ease, receiving a loud ovation as he retired the Rockies in order and headed to the dugout after throwing of 96 pitches on the season. Jones struck out ten without a walk.

Colorado starter Austin Gomber wasn’t as dazzling, but matched Jones as he pitched six scoreless innings, allowing four hits against two walks and three strikeouts.

Not a single runner from either team reached third base through the first eight innings, a byproduct of two pitchers getting it done and offenses struggling to produce much of anything.

Pittsburgh’s best chance against Gomber came in the sixth, when Ke’Bryan Hayes doubled with one out and Joe hit a falling line drive to left that looked like it was going to fall until Jordan Beck made a diving catch that forced Hayes to rush back to the base.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: OF Nolan Jones (lower back pain) did some running and throwing on the field at PNC Park on Saturday. There is no timetable yet for a return for Jones, who was placed on the 10-day injured list on April 29. …1B Kris Bryant (lower back problems) is doing some “baseball stuff,” according to manager Bud Black, although Black did not provide details. Bryant has been out since April 13.

NEXT ONE

The series concludes on Sunday. Bailey Falter (2-2, 4.22 ERA) starts for Pittsburgh against Colorado’s Ryan Feltner (1-2, 5.13).

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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jared Jones delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Pittsburgh, Saturday, May 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Yasmani Grandal walks out of the bullpen after warming up starting pitcher Jared Jones before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Pittsburgh, Saturday, May 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Austin Gomber delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Saturday, May 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Austin Gomber delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Saturday, May 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Colorado Rockies shortstop Ezequiel Tovar, right, tags out Connor Joe (2) of the Pittsburgh Pirates who tried to convert a single into a double during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, May 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J .Puskar)

Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black stands in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Saturday, May 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)