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PITTSBURGH 1, COLORADO 0
 

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- A sweet pitchers' duel between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies at PNC Park ended in sour fashion for the visitors.

Thanks to a dubious call by first base umpire Tim Welke, the Pirates held on for a 1-0 victory over the Rockies, who lost their fourth straight contest.

Colorado trailed, 1-0, with one out in the ninth inning before Preston Wilson drew a nine-pitch walk from Brian Boehringer and Larry Walker advanced him to third with a single to right, also on the reliever's ninth offering.

Mike Lincoln came on and threw one pitch, which Jay Payton grounded to shortstop Jack Wilson , who flipped the ball to second baseman Abraham Nunez .

"I just wanted to keep the ball from going through," Wilson said. "I knew that it meant a great deal. I was playing for the double play. My main concern was to stop the ball. I knew the game was on the line and I knew we needed to turn the double play."

Payton beat out Nunez's relay throw to first by a half-step, but Welke called out Preston, ending the contest. The Rockies protested the call to no avail.

"It's a judgment play, you just accept the judgment," Nunez said.

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle vehemently disagreed.

"We should still be playing," Hurdle said. "He had the call. That's the killer, where you see the guy is safe and he's called out and they run off the field. What are you going to do? He should have made the right call.

"I don't know know what happens when you see the guy make that bad a call. When that happens to a manager, he gets fired. When players make that kind of mistake, they get sent to Triple-A. I'm not sure what happens to umpires. It's a very bad call in a very bad situation for us."

Lincoln recorded his fourth save for the Pirates, who won for the fourth time in six games and improved to 4-1 against Colorado this year.

The game's sole run came in the bottom of the second. Randall Simon drew a leadoff walk against Jason Jennings , moved to third on Jose Hernandez 's double to right-center field and scored on a one-out groundout by Nunez.

Brian Meadows (2-1) yielded five hits in seven innings to improve to 4-1 in eight lifetime outings against Colorado.

"Both pitchers threw well," Hurdle said. "Meadows always seems to come up strong against us. Maybe other teams ought to call him and see what he does."

Meadows picked up his first career save vs. San Diego on Wednesday.

"I got a little tired tonight," Meadows said. "I know I was coming off three innings a couple days ago. I didn't know how long they'd let me pitch. I know how to prepare myself better for a start but I'll do whatever they want me to do. I thought they might only let me go six innings. I was fine, I was glad to go out for the seventh inning."

Jennings (10-9) gave up just three hits in seven frames. He also lost to Pittsburgh here on June 27, 5-3.

"It's very frustrating when nine guys go out and hustle for nine innings, then you see that one bad call takes the game away from us," Jennings said. "I'm not sure what we can do about it."

Colorado had no extra-base hits and fell to 18-41 away from Coors Field.


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