After giving up two quick runs to the Pirates in the sixth inning Saturday night Rockies starter Juan Nicasio was visibly frustrated as he walked off the mound.

Pounding his glove in frustration he certainly didn't look like he had just finished one of the more encouraging outings of his inconsistent season.

But after early exits in his last two starts because of excessive pitch counts Nicasio was much more efficient Saturday allowing the Rockies to rally for a 6-4 victory after his departure.

Nicasio took a no-decision giving up three runs on six hits in 5 innings. He cruised through his first five innings allowing one run on three hits.

More importantly Nicasio made the most of the Rockies' 100-pitch limit for starters. He threw 102 pitches nearly identical to his pitch count against Pittsburgh last weekend — but he stuck around 2 innings longer this time.