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Pirates get offense, complete game from Jameson Taillon in win

| Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, 11:45 p.m.
Pittsburgh Pirates' Gregory Polanco (25) slides safely into home plate as Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta waits for the throw during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Pittsburgh Pirates' Gregory Polanco (25) slides safely into home plate as Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta waits for the throw during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Harrison (5) celebrates a two-run home run with Francisco Cervelli (29) during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Harrison (5) celebrates a two-run home run with Francisco Cervelli (29) during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon hugs catcher Francisco Cervelli after the team's baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Denver. Taillon threw a complete game and the Pirates defeated the Rockies 10-2. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon hugs catcher Francisco Cervelli after the team's baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Denver. Taillon threw a complete game and the Pirates defeated the Rockies 10-2. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

DENVER — First he beat cancer. Then he beat the guy who beat cancer.

Jameson Taillon defeated Chad Bettis in a matchup of pitchers who battled testicular cancer last year, and the Pittsburgh Pirates hit three homers in a 10-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Taillon (9-8) allowed 10 hits in his second complete game of the season. The 26-year-old right-hander struck out three and walked one, helping the Pirates stop a three-game slide.

Starling Marte hit a solo drive in the first, and Jordy Mercer connected for a three-run shot against Bettis (5-2) with two out in the fourth.

Josh Harrison capped the Pirates’ five-run fifth with a two-run homer off Jake McGee.

Bettis allowed nine runs and eight hits over 4 2 3 innings in his first start after missing five weeks with a blister on his right middle finger.

Taillon was diagnosed with cancer last year and missed six weeks after surgery last May.

Bettis was diagnosed in November 2016. He was cleared to report to spring training before tests revealed he had cancer in his lymph nodes, and he underwent treatment. He made his season debut Aug. 14 and started nine games last year.

Colorado made it 10-2 on Carlos Gonzalez’s two-run double with one out in the sixth.

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