Aug 6, 2010 12:50 AM

Pirates continue to give Rockies fits

PITTSBURGH (AP) - James McDonald pitched six shutout innings in his Pittsburgh debut and the Pirates sent the Colorado Rockies to their seventh consecutive road loss, 5-1 Thursday night.

Five days after being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers along with a minor leaguer for closer Octavio Dotel, McDonald had eight strikeouts - as many as any Pirates starter had all season. McDonald struck out the side in the first and got six of the first seven Colorado batters on swinging strikeouts.

Garrett Jones and Ronny Cedeno homered for Pittsburgh, which came in having lost six of its past seven.

Troy Tulowitzki had the lone RBI and three of the Rockies' seven hits - all singles. Colorado had won five of its past six since snapping an eight-game losing streak.

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