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Pirates top Rockies in opener

Ronny Cedeno belted a two-run homer in leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-1 win over the Colorado Rockies Thursday night in the series-opener at PNC Park.

The Pirates won the game as +148 underdogs, while the teams played UNDER the posted over/under (8.5) set by sportsbooks.

James McDonald pitched six scoreless innings to earn the victory, allowing just four hits with eight strikeouts for the Pirates.

Jeff Francis was chased in the loss, giving up nine hits and five runs over his 5 2-3 innings for the Rockies.