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De La Rosa dazzles with four perfect frames

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DENVER -- Jorge De La Rosa struggled to pitch consistently this season as a starter, but since his demotion to the bullpen, he's returned to form.

De La Rosa had his best outing of the season in Thursday's 11-5 win over the Pirates, earning the win by pitching four perfect innings -- a career high in relief -- while striking out five on just 47 pitches.

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DENVER -- Jorge De La Rosa struggled to pitch consistently this season as a starter, but since his demotion to the bullpen, he's returned to form.

De La Rosa had his best outing of the season in Thursday's 11-5 win over the Pirates, earning the win by pitching four perfect innings -- a career high in relief -- while striking out five on just 47 pitches.

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Through six starts, De La Rosa had a 11.41 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP. In three relief outings, the Rockies left-hander has a 1.13 ERA and a 0.38 WHIP.

"He looks like himself again," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He's done a really nice job. It's a tough pill to swallow for a guy that's been the best pitcher in franchise history really. He's handled it well, gone back to the drawing board and he's in a good place."

De La Rosa, who leads the franchise in wins and strikeouts, has only made three appearances in the 15 days since taking on the long-relief role, in part to help ease his transition. Coaches are pleased with his progress in making adjustments.

"I got a lot of good feedback from [bullpen coach] Darren Holmes and [pitching coach] Steve Foster about De La's side [sessions], the way he's talking, the way he's operating," Weiss said. "The curveball is back in play. He's got a lot of confidence in it. It was a really big pitch for him today. He's using his fastball more. These are things we've talked about after we took him out of the rotation, and he's embraced it."

Video: PIT@COL: De La Rosa drives in Story on a sac bunt

De La Rosa, who also picked up an RBI when he dropped down a sac bunt with the bases loaded, has turned his season around, but even with struggles with the team's young rotation -- in which none of the five starters have pitched a full season -- Weiss has no immediate plans to move him back into the rotation.

"There's always a big-picture plan," Weiss said. "It's a matter of when the time is right. Those are conversations we'll continue to have."

Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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