Pittsburgh (52-60) at Colorado (59-58)

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  • Game info: 9:05 pm EDT Fri Aug 8, 2003
  • TV: FSPI, KTVD
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Brian Meadows is new to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ starting rotation. He’s hoping he can stay there.

Meadows will look to turn in a second straight impressive start when the Pirates open a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

The 27-year-old right-hander was inserted into the rotation when the Pirates traded Jeff Suppan to the Boston Red Sox on July 31. He made the most of his new role.

In a 1-0 win over the Rockies on Saturday, Meadows allowed five hits in seven innings. It was only his second start of the season and his first since May 25.

“You always tell yourself you’re going to go out there and throw a shutout,” said Meadows, who has made 16 relief appearances. “Realistically, though, you know it usually isn’t going to happen, especially against a team like the Rockies. I’m very pleased.”

Meadows will look for another dominant outing against the Rockies as the Pirates try to win for just the second time in five games. They opened their six-game road trip by dropping two of three against the San Francisco Giants, including a 7-5 loss on Thursday.

The Rockies have won two straight and three of four.

Chris Stynes hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning Thursday and Todd Helton also homered to lead Colorado to a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Stynes’ homer was his ninth of the year, and his 56 RBIs are a career high.

“He’s showed up big all year for us as a clutch hitter and a way good defender,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said of Stynes.

The Rockies are 5 1/2 games behind the Phillies in the NL wild-card race.

STANDINGS: Pirates - 4th place, 8 1/2 GB, NL Central. Rockies - 4th place, 13 1/2 GB, NL West.

PIRATES PROBABLE STARTER: Meadows (2-1, 4.46 ERA). In eight career games against the Rockies, Meadows is 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA.

ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Jennings (10-9, 4.52 ERA). Jennings is 1-2 in his last three starts, but he has allowed only four earned runs in 19 innings over that span. He pitched seven innings on Saturday, allowing one run and three hits in a 1-0 loss to the Pirates. The 25-year-old right-hander is 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA in three career games against the Pirates.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Pirates - Brian Giles, .303 avg. and 62 RBIs; Reggie Sanders, 21 HRs and 9 SBs; Jason Kendall, 63 runs. Rockies - Helton, .356 avg. and 104 runs; Preston Wilson, 28 HRs and 109 RBIs; Tony Womack, 11 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Pirates, 4-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Pirates - C Kendall is 1-for-8 (.125) in his career against RHP Jennings. … The Pirates’ pitching staff had not allowed a home run in 43 innings before San Francisco’s Jeffrey Hammonds hit one in the seventh inning Thursday. … RF Sanders has 15 RBIs in his last 13 games. Rockies - The Rockies are 13-3-2 in home series this year. … 1B Helton is batting .390 (244-for-525) in August during his career. … INF Womack is hitting .196 with a .212 on-base percentage in 12 games since he was traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Pirates - 27-28 on the road; Rockies - 40-17 at home.

INJURIES: Pirates - RHP Kris Benson (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Dave Williams (shoulder), 60-day DL; INF Pat Meares (hand), 60-day DL; INF Pokey Reese (thumb), 60-day DL. Rockies - IF Mark Bellhorn (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Nelson Cruz (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (elbow), 15-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL.

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2-1 Record 12-13
4.72 ERA 5.11
38 K 119
11 BB 88
1.34 WHIP 1.65