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RHP Jordan Lyles (broken left hand) is scheduled to throw about 60 pitches Saturday for High Class A Modesto against Inland Empire. On a tag play at the plate June 4, Lyles suffered a broken left third metacarpal fracture. He was originally on course to return to the Rockies rotation Monday at Chicago. However, he was moved to the 60-day disabled list July 13 after an X-ray revealed the fracture was healing more slowly. Barring a setback, Lyles, who is 5-1 with a 3.52 ERA in 12 starts for the Rockies this season, will make his second rehab start on Thursday. Lyles is eligible to be activated on Aug. 4, which is an off day for the Rockies, but he could return to their rotation the following day and start against the Chicago Cubs.
RHP Christian Bergman (broken left hand) threw 50 pitches in live batting practice and is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment and throw about 60 pitches in a start Tuesday for Double-A Tulsa. Bergman is on the 60-day disabled list and not eligible to activated until Aug. 20. He suffered a broken left trapezium bone when he was struck with a line drive off the bat of Milwaukee's Aramis Ramirez on June 20 in his third career start.
Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run homer to cap a seven-run seventh. It was his 10th homer of the season and second against the Pirates -- the other was July 19 at Pittsburgh off Charlie Morton. He is the sixth Rockies player with at least 10 homers this season -- the others are Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, Justin Morneau, Drew Stubbs and Troy Tulowitzki -- tied with Milwaukee and Toronto for the most players in the majors with at least 10 homers.
1B Ben Paulsen went 2-for-3 with a double and one run scored. He reached base safely at least twice in each of his first four career games and has three multi-hit games in that span. The only Rockies player to do that was Todd Helton in 1997. With seven hits in his first four career games, Paulsen is tied for the most in franchise history with Helton and Derrick Gibson (1998).