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Gallagher steps up

DENVER — Sean Gallagher stepped up at the right time for the Pirates, tossing three hitless, scoreless innings last night after Ross Ohlendorf was struck on the head by a line drive. That gave the offense time to build a 5-1 lead en route to a 6-2 victory.

Gallagher walked three and struck out four. It was his longest outing with the Pirates, the second-longest of his 21 appearances this season. He made two relief outings of 3 1/3 innings each while with San Diego.

“It was good to get out there and execute pitches like I know I’m able to,” said Gallagher, who notched his first victory since being traded to the Pirates on July 7. “My location was good, everything. I felt like I had a better idea where everything was going to end up. In my other outings, it was kind of like, who knows? My command was a lot better today.”

In his previous outing Saturday, Gallagher did not retire any of the four hitters he faced and was charged with four runs.

“He’s starting to get into a rhythm,” manager John Russell said. “He’s finding his comfort level.”

»»» MLB ‘s tentative 2011 schedule has the season starting sooner (April 1) so the World Series does not spill over into November. The plan would likely trim a couple of days from spring training.

“It’s a good thing,” manager John Russell said. “Keeping baseball in October is good. The weather gets a little iffy when you start getting into November. Spring training is long enough.”

Lineups for this afternoo’s game:

Pirates (36-64) – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Delwyn Young rf, 3. Neil Walker 2b, 4. Garrett Jones 1b, 5. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 6. Ryan Church lf, Bobby Crosby ss, 8. Jason Jaramillo c, 9. Paul Maholm (6-8, 4.13) lhp

Rockies (51-50) – TBA. Ubaldo Jimenez (15-2, 2.75) rhp

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