homered in the fourth inning and delivered an RBI single in a three-run fifth as the
held on for a 5-3 win over the Rockies.
Stairs broke a 1-1 deadlock with one out in the fourth, belting a 3-1 pitch from Jennings (7-6) over the right-center field wall for his fifth home run.
"Just got into trouble, falling behind in the counts," Jennings said. "Got to 3-1 on
, didn't want to walk him. Threw a fastball to a fastball hitter."
Jennings had a personal four-game winning streak stopped. The reigning National League Rookie of the Year also won five straight last season from August 1-23.
The Pirates still had a one-run lead in the fifth with one out and a runner on first when
reached on an error by first baseman
"Every time I don't make a play, it hurts the team," Helton said of his seventh error. "I think we should be a little bit ahead of where we are right now. This is one we should have won - if I had brought my glove with me."
Pittsburgh loaded the bases with two out before
walked, Stairs reached on an infield hit and
singled in another run to make it 5-1.
Jennings struggled with his control, issuing a season-high five walks. The righthander allowed five runs - just two earned - and six hits in five innings with a strikeout.
"I was just trying to be too fine early in the count," Jennings said. "I threw a lot of soft pitches for balls. It was not an aggressive approach. We're in a big series against a team playing pretty good right now."
Jennings' winning streak last season started with a 3-0 triumph at PNC Park in a game in which he had a no-hitter for 6 2/3 innings.
"Jennings didn't find his rhythm," Rockies manager
said. "He threw too many pitches, fell behind in too many counts. Their defensive lapses hurt us again."
(4-3) improved to 3-1 in six starts since returning from the disabled list. The righthander allowed two runs and scattered nine hits in 5 2/3 innings with a walk and three strikeouts.
"I gave up a bunch of hits, but the defense played strong behind me," Fogg said. "I wasn't very efficient, there were a lot of three-ball counts tonight. (Left fielder Brian) Giles made a great catch and Lofton made a couple to get me through an inning."
The Pirates were trailing, 1-0, in the third with a runner on first and one out when Giles made a sliding catch along the left field line to rob
of an extra-base hit.
"It was one of those balls that if you don't get to it, you're in trouble," Giles said. "You have to keep your concentration. I wanted to take the right track. Fortunately, I guessed right."
Three relievers got the game to the ninth and
retired all three batters he faced for his 21st save in 24 chances.
hit his ninth homer, but the Rockies lost their second straight after winning four in a row.