DENVER – It was a strange afternoon for Rockies starter German Marquez who surrendered seven hits and three runs in the first three innings. He was getting hit hard and often but also still piling up the swings and misses.

He pitched only the 86th immaculate inning in MLB history, striking out three batters on nine pitches in the fourth. It was the second in Rockies franchise history, the only other came courtesy of Rex Brothers on June 14, 2014 in San Francisco.

What looked early to be a short afternoon for Marquez turned into a quality start in which he tied his career high in strikeouts with 10.

Ultimately, he and the Rockies pitching staff were barely outdueled by Chris Archer and the Pittsburgh Pirates who edged out a 4-3 win.

The Pirates didn’t waste any time picking up where they left off in the second game, finding the green with solid line drives against Marquez beginning with a one-single from Starling Marte. Gregory Polanco followed by smashing a double off the wall in deep left center, scoring the first run of the game.

Marquez then committed a throwing error on a pickoff attempt, allowing Polanco to reach third. He struck out the next batter but surrendered a two-out single to Colin Moran, plating another run.

They added one in the third on a single through the shift from Moran and a double to right by Adam Frazier. The run came in on a groundout to second off the bat of Josh Bell.

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Drew Creasman

Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of   Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition.   Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization.   A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts.   Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series.   The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.   One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close.   Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party.   The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.