DENVER -- The Rockies got two hits apiece from their third and fourth hitters -- Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez -- in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Pirates.
But for the first time since July 4, their leadoff hitter did not get on base. Eric Young Jr. went 0-for-5 Tuesday with a strikeout.
Fowler leads the National League in batting average from the leadoff spot (.353) and he was back in his familiar spot Wednesday. Gonzalez hit third after two games in the No. 4 hole.
"Because of the way we're structured today, you don't want the game to end with CarGo standing on the on-deck circle," manager Jim Tracy said. "If the game is hanging in the balance and there's one more at-bat to be taken, you'd feel a lot better that it's [Gonzalez] in that situation."
Andrew Brown, called up Tuesday to replace Jonathan Herrera (15-day disabled list, left wrist infection) hit fourth.
Brown went 0-for-1 with a flyout to right Tuesday night as a pinch-hitter. In 86 games with Triple-A Colorado Springs, Brown hit .317 with 20 homers and 84 RBIs.
"Wherever I can get plugged in, I'll do my job best as I can, try to hit the ball as hard as I can," said Brown, who was claimed off waivers from St. Louis last October.