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Sunday, August 11th (All times Eastern)

Pittsburgh Pirates (70-46) at Colorado Rockies (54-64), 4:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - Jeff Locke (9-3, 2.47) Colorado - Chad Bettis (0-1, 6.30)

(Sports Network) - Ahead of a big NL Central showdown next week, the Pittsburgh Pirates will try to avoid getting swept by the Colorado Rockies in Sunday's finale of a three-game series.

After taking two of three at home from the Rockies last weekend, the Pirates had won seven of the previous 10 encounters but will now try to avoid getting swept in this series for the first time since a three-game set in Colorado from June 19-21, 2009.

The Pirates had won five in a row before getting routed 10-1 in Friday's opener. Things were closer last night, but Pittsburgh could not complete a rally and fell in defeat 6-4.

The Rockies broke the game open with a five-run sixth inning, but the Pirates had the tying runs on base in the ninth after Colorado's Rex Brothers walked Gaby Sanchez prior to a one-out single by Alex Presley. Neil Walker then chased home Sanchez with a single, but Brothers recovered to strike out two of Pittsburgh's best hitters -- Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez -- to secure his ninth save of the season.

"We fight back, scratch back, and we get the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth and Brothers was able to close the door," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing a play at second base.

Pittsburgh also exited the game a bit bruised, with Starling Marte getting hit by a pitch on his left hand in the seventh frame. He left the contest, but Hurdle said X-rays were negative and he is day-to-day with a contusion.

Alvarez, meanwhile, suffered an injury to his left hand in the sixth inning when he attempted to tag Colorado's Dexter Fowler as the outfielder slid into the bag at third.

"He caught a spike on his index finger on his glove hand," Hurdle said, "but he was able to stay in the game. He took some swings and we'll see how he feels tomorrow."

Hurdle could opt to rest both hitters with an off day looming on Monday. Pittsburgh will then visit St. Louis for three games and currently holds a four-game edge over the Cardinals for first place in the NL Central.

For the Rockies, they had lost five in a row ahead of this series and got a tie-breaking, two-run single from Fowler in the fruitful sixth. Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon each added a run-scoring double in the rally.

"We got some clutch hits," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. "Put together a lot of great at-bats tonight against some real good pitching."

Set to make his third career start and first at home, Chad Bettis squares off against the Pirates for the first time.

The Rockies righty, who spent most of the season with Double-A Tulsa, lost his MLB debut on Aug. 1, giving up five runs over five innings at Atlanta. He then faced the New York Mets on Tuesday and yielded just two runs on four hits over five innings of a no-decision.

An encouraging sign for the 22-year-old was that he walked just one in New York after issuing five free passes versus the Braves.

"Chad settled in well. ... He did a nice job giving us a shot to win," Weiss said of his starter.

Pittsburgh's Jeff Locke will face the Rockies for the first time in his career today and brings a 1.83 earned run average on the road to Coors Field.

After giving up two earned runs or fewer in eight straight starts, Locke has yielded seven runs and 19 hits over consecutive no-decisions to St. Louis and Miami. However, Pittsburgh has won both contests.

The left-handed Locke gave up three runs on nine hits and three walks over 5 2/3 frames versus the Marlins on Tuesday. The 25-year-old stands 9-3 with a 2.47 ERA in 22 starts this season.

08/11 10:29:29 ET

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Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
NYR 1
CAR 0
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
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MIA 100
BOS 84
Final
BRK 110
DET 105
Final
SAC 108
LAL 101
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ORL 88
PHI 96
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WAS 92
PHO 104
Final
MIN 96
IND 100
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OKC 99
NOP 101
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UVA 76
HARV 27
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BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
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CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
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NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
Final
UGA 65
SHU 47
Final
ALA 60
APP 59
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KSU 53
NDST 52
 
Final
WASU 82
SJST 53
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UTEP 78
ALCOR 45
 
2nd
SEAT 61
SACST 46
 
Final
DET 1
COL 2
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EDM 5
DAL 6
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BOS 4
BUF 3
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NYR 1
CAR 0
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CHI 4
TOR 0
3rd
WIN 3
PHI 2
 
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
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MIA 37
MIN 35
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NYJ 16
NEP 17
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STL 27
NYG 37
Final
OAK 26
BUF 24
Final
DAL 42
IND 7
4th
ARI 6
SEA 34