Suppan pitched a four-hitter as the Pirates rolled to a 9-0 victory over the
Suppan (6-7) was the first Pirate to toss a complete game in 171 contests, dating to June 16, 2002. Before the righthander went the distance, lefthander
- now a member of Cincinnati - was the last Pirate to toss a complete game.
Suppan ended a personal four-game losing streak with his first complete game of the season and 13th career. He struck out six and walked two in an 129-pitch outing.
Suppan rarely encountered trouble on the way to his fourth career shutout. With the Pirates leading, 1-0, he issued a pair of walks to load the bases but regrouped and fanned slugger
"I haven't been there in the ninth inning too often," said Suppan, whose last complete game was September 23 for Kansas City. "When I was getting a little excited, I stepped back on the mound and regrouped. I think you see Mac (manager
) going to the bullpen because he brings guys in that are fresh. Today as the game went on, I was getting a little better location. Maybe as I got tired, I wasn't overthrowing."
"Suppan was just outstanding on the mound," McClendon said. "He followed the scouting report to a T. It was a picture-perfect outing for him."
The oldest pitcher in Pittsburgh's rotation, Suppan tossed the team's first shutout since
on May 29, 2002.
The span between complete games doesn't necessarily have to do with effectiveness, but more with Pittsburgh's young arms.
"I have no concerns about complete games," McClendon said. "That's overrated. We've got a young staff. You're asking for trouble if you leave a young pitcher out there for 120-125 pitches. That's not going happen on my watch."
After Helton's strikeout, the Rockies mustered just three baserunners and hit into a pair of double plays.
"We did not do enough good things," Colorado manager
said. "They beat us with the bats. That's the most effective game we've had pitched against us all year."
En route to his first win in nearly a month, Suppan was backed by a four-run third inning against Colorado starter
. The frame was highlighted by
' three-run homer that put Pittsburgh ahead, 5-0.
Chacon (11-4), the only 11-game winner in the National League, was tagged for six runs and six hits in four innings.
"Just a bad day," Chacon said. "I made a lot of mistakes. The game was just one big mistake. One big hit was all it took for us to lose this game. I think without the four-run inning we would have been in the game."
While Stairs' sixth homer served as the big blow, the Pirates received a spark at the top of the order from
. They reached base in three of the first four innings as Lofton singled, doubled and drew a walk and Kendall had three of his four hits.
"I'm just trying to get on anyway I can," Lofton said. "Kendall put the ball in play in different spots today."
The Pirates went ahead for good when Lofton singled and scored on
's groundout in the first.
Two innings later, Lofton doubled and Kendall singled. After
was retired, Kendall stole second and took third when catcher
's throw sailed into center field, allowing Lofton to race home.
After Chacon plunked Ramirez, Stairs deposited Chacon's 2-1 offering over the center field fence.
Pittsburgh tacked on a run against Chacon in the fourth when
's double scored Lofton.
The Pirates capped their biggest victory in a month with three runs in the seventh off
. Kendall scored on Ramirez's sacrifice fly, Stairs drove in Giles with a double and Suppan plated the final run with a base hit up the middle.