Six days after being rocked by Colorado, D'Amico threw six-plus
solid innings and won for the first time in six starts with a 10-4
victory Saturday night.
"Last Sunday was one of those starts where it seemed like if it
was a strike, it was getting absolutely crushed," D'Amico said.
"The only difference tonight was my command was a little bit
better and I was able to keep the ball down at times."
D'Amico (7-11) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and six hits
in 6 2-3 innings. He had lost three decisions since winning July 6
"I don't have Randy Johnson stuff, so it's not like I am going
to go out there and just blow people away," D'Amico said. "I'm
more command and control and changing speeds, and I was able to do
that a little better without getting hammered."
Sanders hit his 22nd homer in the fourth inning and went
2-for-5, and Giles hit his 14th during the Pirates' five-run sixth.
"Last week was not indicative of the way Jeff throws and his
record is really not indicative of the way he has thrown this
year," Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's been great
for us. He has given us quality innings and kept us in a lot of
Darren Oliver (10-7) lost for the first time this season at
Coors Field in nine starts. Oliver allowed nine runs and 10 hits in
5 1-3 innings.
"They beat me tonight, that's the bottom line," Oliver said.
"I wasn't walking guys, I was trying to be aggressive, they just
got the best of me."
The Rockies added an unearned run in the second after Larry
Walker led off with a double and advanced to third on Jay Payton's
groundout. He scored when Jason Kendall dropped third baseman Jose
Hernandez's throw to the plate on Oliver's groundout.
Pittsburgh went up 4-2 in the fourth. Tike Redman and Kendall
hit consecutive doubles to lead off the inning. One out later,
Sanders homered to left. Craig Wilson tripled to center and scored
on Hernandez's single off Oliver's glove.
Payton hit his 16th homer, a solo shot with one out in the
The Pirates sent 11 batters to the plate in a five-run sixth,
highlighted by Giles' two-run homer. Sanders doubled and scored on
Hernandez's single to left. The last two runs scored when Steve
Reed walked D'Amico and hit Kendall with the bases loaded to put
Pittsburgh ahead 9-3.
"When you give up nine runs in two innings, it's a slender
chance," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "We had some good
things happen situationally early, but we weren't able to
capitalize after that and couldn't build any offensive momentum."
Pirates reliever Julian Tavarez left with one out in the ninth
after he fell over the railing and into the Rockies' dugout,
suffering a mild concussion. Taverez, who was chasing down a pop
foul by Johnson, was able to walk off the field on his own.
Giles homer was his 163rd with the Pirates, tying him with
Frank Thomas for sixth place on Pittsburgh's career list. Thomas
did it from 1951-58. ... Following the game, the Pirates said they
will recall right-handed pitcher Nelson Figueroa from Triple-A
Nashville before Sunday's game. Figueroa will start Sunday with Kip
Wells moved back to Monday against St. Louis. ... Colorado reliever
Nelson Cruz will throw a simulated game Tuesday for Triple-A
Colorado Springs. ... Jason Jennings will start for the Rockies on
Monday in Montreal.