Fogg is 3-0 over his last four starts, allowing more than three earned runs only once during that stretch. The 26-year-old right-hander wasn’t at his best Thursday, but still picked up a win in an 8-7 victory over Cincinnati. He yielded three earned runs and five hits, walking four over five innings.
The Pirates were no-hit through six innings in Monday’s series-opening 9-2 loss. Pittsburgh had a four-game winning streak snapped, but Jason Kendall kept his hitting streak going with a 2-for-3 effort. Kendall has hit safely in 12 straight games, batting .429 (21-for-49) with six RBIs and seven doubles.
The Brewers have won two straight following a three-game slide.
Richie Sexson drove in a run for Milwaukee on Monday, giving him 14 RBI in his last 10 games.
But Scott Podsednik, the team’s leading hitter, sustained a cut under his right eye and left the game after the first inning. Six stitches were needed to close the wound.
Podsednik, who is batting .438 (21-for-48) over his last 12 games, is listed as day-to-day.
STANDINGS: Pirates - 5th place, 7 GB, NL Central. Brewers - 6th place, 10 GB, NL Central.
PIRATES PROBABLE STARTER: Fogg (5-3, 4.43 ERA). Fogg is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in one start against the Brewers this season. He is 1-2 with a 4.07 ERA in four career starts against Milwaukee.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Matt Kinney (6-7, 4.53 ERA). Kinney followed up a complete game 13-1 victory at Minnesota on June 27 with a 7-3 loss at Houston Thursday. The right-hander gave up six earned runs and five hits while walking four over six innings. He is 3-3 over his last six starts, surrendering at least three earned runs five times. Kinney, in his first season in the NL after spending his first two in Minnesota, has never faced the Pirates. He is 3-5 with a 4.99 ERA in nine home starts this season.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Pirates - Brian Giles, .305 avg.; Reggie Sanders, 14 HRs; Aramis Ramirez, 53 RBIs; Kenny Lofton, 54 runs and 16 SBs. Brewers - Podsednik, .325 avg.; Sexson, 23 HRs; Geoff Jenkins, 68 RBIs; Sexson and Eric Young, 57 runs; Young, 19 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Brewers, 3-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Pirates - SS Jack Wilson went 0-for-3 Monday, snapping his seven-game hitting streak. … LF Giles is two homers shy of 200 for his career. … CF Lofton, named to the All-Star team as a replacement for injured Cubs outfielder Corey Patterson, hasn’t driven in a run since June 25, spanning 29 at-bats. Brewers - LF Jenkins is batting .311 (19-for-61) over his last 14 games with five homers and 18 RBIs. … 2B Young, who drove in two runs Monday, has hits in 15 of his last 16 games. … The Brewers are 23-23 since May 16. They were 13-28 to start the season.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Pirates - 19-21 on the road; Brewers - 17-29 at home.
INJURIES: Pirates - INF Randall Simon (hand), 15-day DL; INF Pat Meares (hand), 60-day DL; INF Pokey Reese (thumb), 60-day DL; LHP Dave Williams (shoulder), 60-day DL. Brewers - CF Podsednik (eye), day-to-day; RHP Jayson Durocher (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Ruben Quevedo (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 15-day DL.