Díaz’s HR, Freeland’s arm key Rockies’ win over Pirates

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Pittsburgh Pirates' Colin Moran reacts after taking a pitch to the hand from Colorado Rockies starter Kyle Freeland in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 28, 2021, in Denver.

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Colin Moran reacts after taking a pitch to the hand from Colorado Rockies starter Kyle Freeland in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 28, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Kyle Freeland pitched five scoreless innings before leaving with an apparent leg injury suffered while running the bases, Elías Díaz homered and the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0.

Yonathan Daza had an RBI triple and an over-the-shoulder catch of Erik Gonzalez’s deep flyball to the center field warning track.

The game was dubbed “Opening Day 2.0” after the lifting of all pandemic-induced attendance restrictions at 50,000-seat Coors Field.

The Pirates had six hits, all singles. Freeland (1-2) allowed three hits and struck out seven in his seventh start of the season. Daniel Bard got the save.

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