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Daniel Descalso

Marte, Pirates beat Rockies 6-3 to close in on playoff spot

The Pirates chose sleep over a potential chance to celebrate another trip to the postseason.

The party would have been put on hold anyway.

Starling Marte drove in two runs and Pittsburgh closed in on its third straight playoff berth by beating the Colorado Rockies 6-3 Tuesday night.

The Pirates reduced their magic number to one for securing at least an NL wild card, but didn't wait around at Coors Field to watch San Francisco's game at San Diego. A loss by the Giants would have put Pittsburgh in the postseason.

Instead of rooting on the Padres, players showered and dressed in a subdued Pirates clubhouse while the Giants built a late lead during their 4-2...