Colorado (46-46) at Pittsburgh (40-52)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Tue Jul 17, 2007
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Colorado Rockies starter Josh Fogg returns to the place he’s had the most success in his career Tuesday when he faces the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

Fogg was sent to Pittsburgh by the Chicago White Sox in a five-player deal on Dec. 13, 2001, and went 39-42 with a 4.79 ERA in four years with the Pirates before signing with Colorado prior to last season.

The right-hander has earned 19 of his 54 lifetime wins at PNC Park, posting a 4.89 ERA in 60 games - 58 starts - there. He faced Pittsburgh for the first time in his career last season, allowing eight runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings of Colorado’s 16-9 win at Coors Field.

Fogg (4-6, 5.36 ERA) will be pitching at PNC Park for the first time since making a relief appearance for Pittsburgh on Sept. 20, 2005.

The Rockies are 5-2 in the last seven games started by Fogg, but he has posted a 5.90 ERA in those outings. Fogg has pitched even worse lately, registering an 8.64 ERA over his last three starts.

He did earn a win his last time out despite allowing five runs and eight hits over six innings as the Rockies routed the New York Mets 17-7 on July 4.

“I was able to hold it together long enough to get the 17-run support,” Fogg said.

Fogg has received plenty of support on the road as the Rockies have averaged 6.84 runs in his nine starts away from home, and they had a strong offensive performance in Monday’s series opener.

Colorado scored five times in the first inning and had a 9-1 lead cut to 9-8 before holding on for a 10-8 victory, just the team’s third in its last 14 games away from Coors Field.

“We won a ballgame. We did what we had to do when we needed to do it,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We almost coughed up an eight-run lead, but (the players) weren’t going to let it happen.”

All-Star left fielder Matt Holliday had three RBIs and Troy Tulowitzki and Yorvit Torrealba each drove in a pair of runs to lead the Rockies (46-46).

“This is a big win,” said center fielder Willy Taveras, who was playing for the first time in eight days due to a strained right quadriceps and scored three times. “Especially considering we scored so many runs early and they were able to come back, it’s a real big win for us.”

The loss was just the Pirates’ sixth in their last 17 games at PNC Park.

“If you look at this game, it’s a tough loss to take, but at the same time, you take the positives out of it and the fact that we swung the bats,” Pittsburgh shortstop Jack Wilson said.

Shane Youman (2-0, 3.00) looks to win his third straight start for Pittsburgh (40-52) since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace the injured Zach Duke (elbow). The left-hander, who went 0-2 with a 2.91 ERA in five appearances for the Pirates last season, beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 in his last outing on July 8.

He has allowed two earned runs over six innings in each of his two starts this season, both at PNC Park.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said the 27-year-old rookie. “Nothing is ever going to come easy.”

Youman has never faced the Rockies.

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J. Fogg Phi vs. S. Youman Phi
10-9 Record 3-5
4.94 ERA 5.97
94 K 29
59 BB 23
1.53 WHIP 1.53

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Tuesday, Jul 17