PITTSBURGH — German Marquez took a no-hitter into the fifth inning against the Pirates Monday night in the Rockies’ 6-2 victory. On a frigid night at PNC Park, he finished with a six-inning semi-gem, allowing two runs on two hits with six strikeouts and two walks.

To which manager Bud Black said: “I expect that from him. He’s capable of these types of games. There were a couple of two-out walks that I’m going to talk to him about. He’ll learn not to do that. But overall, I thought his curveball was as good as it’s been all year.”

In fact, Marquez’s four-pitch mix was perhaps the best of his young career. His fastball came in at 96 mph, while his curveball dipped to 75 mph. He also mixed in a slider and an effective changeup, a pitch he’s been trying to master.

Here’s a breakdown of Marquez’s performance:

97 pitches, 64 for strikes
43 fastballs
30 curves
15 sliders
nine changeups
Five takeaways from Monday night’s game:

No. 1. Marquez, who struggled in the Rockies’ homer opener at Coors Field on April 6 when it was 27 degrees at first pitch, learned a couple of cold-weather lessons. First, he wore a long-sleeve shirt under his jersey Monday night, a change from the April 6 game when he pitched with bare arms. Second, using hand warmers and a hot towel, he kept his hand warmer, allowing to grip the ball better.

No. 2. When Trevor Story gets hold of a hanging slider, he punishes it. His three-run homer against Steven Brault came off his bat at 111.6 mph, which according to Statcast was the fastest of his career.

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