PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Jeff D'Amico was trying to avoid becoming the National League's first 16-game loser.
helped make sure he would not have to try too hard.
Stairs homered for the second time in three days as the
built a big early lead, then held on for an 8-5 victory over the
put Pittsburgh ahead for good in the bottom of the first, plating
with a triple to right field off
(2-4) and scoring on an errant relay throw from second baseman D'Angelo Jimenez.
Pittsburgh had a 4-1 advantage in the sixth when
rapped an RBI triple off fellow rookie
and Stairs followed with his 19th home run. He just missed hitting the ball into the Allegheny River, a feat he accomplished in Monday's series opener.
"It was nice to get a 7-1 lead," Stairs said. "Cincinnati battles back all the time. D'Amico hasn't had a lot of run support. He's worked with two, three runs. That's what lately had been beating him."
The Reds got the tying run to the plate against
with one out in the ninth, but the reliever got
to hit into a double play and recorded his ninth save.
One of three NL pitchers with 15 losses, D'Amico (9-15) was charged with four runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked three.
"D'Amico did a great job for us," Pirates manager
said. "He just tired in the eighth inning, having thrown a lot of pitches. He's done a remarkable job for us - when you consider that he's never had more than 23 starts and this was his 28th."
"I felt I had good control," D'Amico said. "I threw the ball where I wanted well. I was consistent until that eighth inning. I ran out of gas a little bit. It's good to get something positive from an outing."
The Pirates managed three triples in a game for the first time since July 7, 1996 against St. Louis at Three Rivers Stadium.
Etherton left after one inning due to a strained right forearm. Pirates left fielder
exited after the top of the first with a strained left oblique muscle.
replaced Etherton and gave up three runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He was pulled in favor of Cerros after throwing 105 pitches.
"Serafini threw a lot of pitches - 3-1, 3-2 it seemed on every hitter," Reds interim manager Dave Miley said. "For being put out there, he battled, but he got up over 90 pitches pretty quick. He still did a pretty good job."