Kendall singled in the first inning, then scored the game's first run on a double by
. Stairs and
added RBI singles later in the frame to make it 3-0.
After Houston scored on
' RBI single in the second, Kendall got the run back with a single in the bottom of the inning. Stairs homered in the third off Astros starter
(6-9), hitting a blast over the center field fence that bounced into the Allegheny River.
"I wasn't sure how far it had gone," said Stairs of the blast, which was estimated at 461 feet. "Someday I want to hit one in the river, not just have them bounce in."
Stairs has hit two of the 11 homers that have ended up in the river, with the other coming as a member of the
is the only player to hit a ball into the river on a fly, accomplishing the feat on July 6, 2002 as a member of the
Redding lasted just 2 1/3 innings and allowed five runs and seven hits, walking two and striking out one.
"It was just a bad game for me," he said. "I just couldn't find where I wanted to locate my pitches. It's my own fault. I wasn't ready to pitch."
Redding had not pitched since July 13, when he blanked the Pirates for six innings.
"All of the pitchers had that extended period (between starts) because of the All-Star break," Astros manager
said. "That can be a problem for a lot of pitchers this time of year."
Fogg allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out two and walking two to win for the third time in his last five starts. He exacted revenge against the Astros, who handed him his lone loss during that stretch.
"I felt good for five innings, I didn't do a good job in the sixth," Fogg said. "I left a pitch up to Bagwell and then hung a pitch to Kent. Obviously, when you make mistakes, they're going to hit. It doesn't take long and they can get right back in there."
Houston put runners at second and third against
in the ninth inning, but the righthander got out of trouble and picked up his second save in as many days.
"It's two days in a row that Lincoln has gotten the save," Pirates manager
said. "But we're not ready to name anyone the closer this soon."