After Neagle allowed two runs in six innings, Jimenez preserved the lead by escaping a ninth-inning jam as the
posted a 5-4 triumph over the
Neagle (2-1) allowed six hits and struck out five.
Neagle struggled in the first inning, allowing one run and throwing 33 pitches. He loaded the bases by walking
, but got
to fly out to left field.
"Neagle was very efficient from the second inning on," Rockies manager
said. "What impressed me the most was he kept his composure. He slowed himself down and he just started making pitches. After that 33-pitch first inning, he threw only 60 the next five. That was really impressive."
"There is no question tonight, I couldn't let the game get out of hand in the first inning," Neagle said. "It's not like we're at Coors Field and we're going to put up nine, 10 runs. My mind-set was, I need to make a pitch and get out of here. After that I settled in."
singled in the fourth inning to plate
and put the Rockies ahead 4-1. He moved to second on a single by Ronnie Beliard, took third on a wild pitch by Pirates starter
(5-8) and scored on an error by third baseman
After failing to put a man on base in the eighth, Pittsburgh got to Jimenez in the ninth. Lofton singled with one out but Kendall fouled out. Giles singled to center, putting runners at the corners, but Jimenez earned his 19th save by getting Ramirez to ground out.
extended his hitting streak to 13 games with an RBI double in the third inning and teammate
had two hits, a double and two RBI.
Benson gave up five runs - just one earned - and six hits, but had his winless streak to four games.
"I felt good the first couple of innings," Benson said. "Actually, pretty good the entire game. They hit some ground balls that were just out of a players' reach. Maybe a couple of doubles, but mostly it was the singles that really hurt me. For the most part, it was one of those games."
Giles finished with three hits, a run and an RBI for Pittsburgh, which lost for the third time in five games.