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SF@PIT: McDonald holds Giants to one run, fans 10

They say home is where the heart is, and that there's no place quite like it. Neither has been true for Rockies right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, who's toiled through a dreadful series of starts at Coors Field this season.

Guthrie has made eight appearances at home this season, six as the starting pitcher. His record in a home uniform is 1-5, and his ERA is 9.23. He has also served up 12 long balls in the thin Colorado air, far more than any other Rockies pitcher.

In his last start at Coors Field, Guthrie allowed four runs to Philadelphia in the first inning. But he held the Phillies scoreless over his remaining 3 2/3 innings, which gave the righty something to be optimistic about.

"I got the longest scoreless streak of my career at Coors, so there are a lot of positives to build on," said Guthrie, who finished the first half with two solid road starts. "You've got to take what you can."

Guthrie lost his only career start against the Pirates, giving up six runs -- five earned --while throwing 6 1/3 innings in June 2011. On Wednesday, he'll pitch against the Bucs' James McDonald, a starter many thought deserved an All-Star bid.

On the year, McDonald is 9-3 with a 2.59 ERA, averaging eight strikeouts per nine innings. The righty struggled in his last start, though, which resulted in a no-decision against Milwaukee. Facing the Brewers on July 13, McDonald surrendered five runs -- four earned -- over 4 2/3 innings of work. He walked five and struck out two.

"[Pitching coach Ray Searage] said if we could have hooked an electrical cord to him, we could have lit up the stadium," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "[He was] just amped up and ready to go."

Pirates: McCutchen keeps on slugging away
• Andrew McCutchen's performance in the Home Run Derby was not overly impressive, but his moonshot against the Rockies on Tuesday most certainly was. The bomb went an estimated 442 feet, landing near a small eatery past the left-field bleachers in Coors Field.

The big fly was McCutchen's 22nd of the year. He has gone deep six times in his last six games. In the National League, only the Brewers' Ryan Braun has more home runs -- he has 26.

• Neil Walker went 2-for-3 against the Rockies on Tuesday, successfully extending his hitting streak to 17 games with a single in the fifth inning. It is the second-longest active streak in baseball, behind only the 20-game hitting streak belonging to the Yankees' Robinson Cano.

Rockies: Herrera admitted to hospital with infection
• Jonathan Herrera became concerned about an infection on his left wrist early Tuesday morning and was admitted to a local hospital for treatment. The infection came from Herrera's wrist watch, Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. Herrera, a utility infielder, was added to the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 16.

• Chris Nelson underwent a successful procedure to shock his heart back into rhythm Tuesday at a local hospital. He was admitted a day earlier after telling Rockies officials he "felt funny." Nelson was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, and after waiting most of Tuesday out to see if his heart would return to a regular rhythm on its own, doctors were forced to shock it.

Worth Noting
• Pittsburgh is 3-2 against the Rockies this season. The Pirates won on Tuesday, 6-2.

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