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Saturday, July 19 (All times Eastern)

Colorado Rockies (40-56) at Pittsburgh Pirates (50-46), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Brett Anderson (0-3, 4.95) Pittsburgh - Charlie Morton (5-9, 3.32)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Charlie Morton aims to win his fourth straight home start when the Pittsburgh Pirates resume their three-game series against the Colorado Rockies tonight.

The 30-year-old right-hander hasn't lost at PNC Park since May 11 against St. Louis. Overall, he's 1-0 in his last three starts, but is coming off a pair of no-decisions at St. Louis on July 7 and at Cincinnati last Saturday.

Morton is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three starts this year versus NL West teams. Against Colorado, he's 2-0 with a 3.33 ERA in four career starts.

Brett Anderson counters for the Rockies and will be facing the Pirates for the first time in his career. The lefty makes his second start since coming off the disabled list. Anderson, who was sidelined 81 games due to a broken left index finger, returned Sunday against Minnesota and gave up six runs -- five earned -- on 10 hits with three walks over five innings of a 13-5 loss.

Anderson is aiming for his first win since April 7, 2013 at Houston when he pitched for Oakland.

Last night, pinch-hitter Travis Snider drove in the winning run in the eighth inning to help the Pirates grab a 4-2 victory. Starling Marte drove in two runs, Gaby Sanchez had two hits and an RBI, while Gregory Polanco had two hits and scored once for the Pirates, who had dropped five of seven going into the All-Star break.

Francisco Liriano pitched five innings and gave up just one unearned run on three hits and three walks with eight strikeouts. Tony Watson (6-1) tossed a scoreless eighth for the win.

Corey Dickerson and DJ LeMahieu each drove in a run for the Rockies, who have lost their past three.

Jorge De La Rosa lasted six innings and gave up a run on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Matt Belisle (2-5) was charged with two runs in the eighth inning to get tagged with the loss.

"It's a tough loss today, especially after the way we were playing," De La Rosa said.

With Belisle on the mound, Neil Walker singled and Sanchez followed with a base hit to center. Snider then doubled in Walker and Josh Harrison later added a sacrifice fly for a 4-2 lead.

"One of the things we continue to talk about with all the pinch-hitters is the fact that you don't need to carry the weight of anything up there," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "You have a chance to do good. There's no lose, there's no down side."

Mark Melancon pitched around a leadoff single in the ninth for his 17th save of the season.

Colorado and Pittsburgh are meeting for the first time since the Rockies won four of six matchups last season. The Pirates were 4-2 against the Rockies in 2012.

The Pirates have won 10 of their last 12 home games. A win either tonight or Sunday would give them another home series win over the Rockies. Entering the weekend, the Pirates were 12-2-1 in 15 series against the Rockies all-time at PNC Park.

07/19 10:24:46 ET

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    Wednesday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Pro Bowl

    Tonight at 8:00 on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Half
NCSU 42
ND 30
 
Final
CHI 84
MIA 96
Final
CLE 108
OKC 98
Half
NOP 61
DAL 56
 
Half
ORL 49
IND 51
 
Half
PHO 57
LAC 55
 
Half
ATL 61
MIN 47
 
1st
TOR 16
DET 9
 
1st
SAN 12
MIL 13
 
8:00pm Tonight
GSW
BOS
8:00pm Tonight
DEN
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
LAL
HOU
Final
UCONN 66
SFLA 53
Final
GT 62
BC 64
Final
VT 47
UVA 50
Final
OSU 82
IND 70
Final
UCF 46
CIN 56
Final
WICHS 74
DRAK 40
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
MAR 73
FAIR 67
 
Final
HART 61
MAINE 70
 
Final
MAN 71
MON 64
 
Final
PRIN 96
ROWAN 48
 
Final
SIENA 55
PETE 69
 
Final
RIU 53
BONA 48
Final
BING 54
USB 61
 
Final
MLOWELL 50
VERM 61
 
Final
BUT 77
SHU 57
Final
SALA 55
YALE 72
 
Final
PITT 68
LOU 80
Final
ILLST 53
NIOWA 54
Final
GTDNS 69
UMBC 55
 
Final
IONA 87
NIAG 64
 
1st
TENST 25
BEL 16
 
Half
NCSU 42
ND 30
 
1st
VILL 15
CREI 4
 
7:30pm Tonight
MD
NW
8:30pm Tonight
UTAH
WASH
2nd Intermission
TEAMFOLI 8
TEAMTOEWS 11
 
8:15pm Tonight
CARTER
IRVIN