Sports - Colorado Rockies

Apr 30, 2011 10:58 PM by Jordan Mason

Hammel's arm, Iannetta's bat power Rockies

DENVER (AP) - Jason Hammel shook off a leadoff home run to pitch seven strong innings and Chris Iannetta backed him with a three-run homer Saturday night in the Colorado Rockies' 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Hammel (3-1) allowed six hits, including Andrew McCutchen's eighth career homer to start a game.

But Hammel kept the Pirates in check after that, striking out four and walking two. He also benefited from a Rockies defense that turned three double plays.

Rafael Betancourt pitched a scoreless eighth and Huston Street got the final three outs for his NL-leading 10th save in 10 chances.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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