Pirates win first series since All-Star break

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Mark Redman might have pitched himself into some contending team's rotation with his first winning start since mid-June.

Redman allowed six hits over eight innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates won their first series since the All-Star break, beating Colorado 3-0 on Sunday to keep Rockies starter Shawn Chacon winless since late April.

The Rockies lost their 40th in 50 road games -- the worst road record for any major-league team to this point since the 1979 Oakland Athletics also were 10-40.

Maybe that was a good omen for Redman (5-10), who started the season with a long string of successful starts before going 0-6 with a 7.30 ERA in his last seven starts. The left-hander, being shopped by the Pirates as the deadline for trading without waivers nears, hadn't won since beating Tampa Bay 7-2 on June 10. During the slump, his ERA rose from 2.80 to 4.24.

"I'm sure there were some scouts in the stands looking at me," said Redman, a 14-game winner for the 2003 World Series champion Marlins. "It's in the back of your mind, and you can't worry about it. But I don't think there's a lot of pitching out there ... and I have playoff and World Series experience."

Redman, given little run support most of the season, pitched with a lead for most of the game.

"I want to win -- I want to win here," said Redman, who is with his fifth team in five seasons. "If I do get traded, all I can do is go out and pitch for whatever team I play for that day. I just want to win wherever I am."

The Pirates turned Tike Redman's bloop double that should have been caught and Jack Wilson's groundball triple down the first base line into a gift two-run second inning against Chacon (1-7). Redman's ball fell between left fielder Matt Holliday and shortstop Anderson Machado, neither of whom pursued the ball aggressively. Wilson's hit struck off a railing and bounced away from right fielder Dustan Mohr.

"Mark's been pitching his heart out, and we finally got some runs for him," Tike Redman said.

Jose Castillo homered to start the fourth, his eighth, to make it 3-0. Pittsburgh had lost nine of 12 since last winning a series by taking two of three from the Mets from July 8-10.

Jose Mesa got his 24th save in 27 appearances, pitching the ninth in his third consecutive appearance. He gave up Todd Helton's
game-winning two-run homer in the 10th inning of a 5-3 loss Friday and then got the final four outs of a 5-3 victory Saturday night.

"We have a day off and Mesa said he felt good, so we let him wrap it up," manager Lloyd McClendon said.

The Rockies dropped three of four in losing their eighth consecutive series to the Pirates, a streak that began in 2002. They have also lost all seven series in Pittsburgh since PNC Park opened in 2001.

All seven Rockies hits were singles, and they advanced a runner as far as third only once, putting runners on first and third with one out in the fourth before Holliday grounded into a double play.

Despite Luis Gonzalez's three-hit day, Redman looked more like the pitcher who gave up only 29 earned runs in his first 14 starts, striking out five and walking one.

"He doesn't throw anything down the middle of the plate," Helton said. "We're kind of an aggressive team and that plays against our strength a little bit."

Chacon's losing streak is even longer than Redman's was. The right-hander lost his seventh in a row, allowing three runs and eight hits in seven innings, and is winless in nine starts since April 23. He is 0-5 in his career against the Pirates.

Colorado also didn't score in Chacon's previous start, a 4-0 loss Tuesday to Washington in which he gave up just two hits and two runs in seven innings.

"It gets tiring, it gets frustrating loss after loss, pitching well and having nothing to show for it game after game," Chacon said. "It gets me down sometimes, but when it's time to pitch again in five days, I'll be ready to go."

Game notes
Machado, claimed off waivers from Cincinnati last week, made his first Rockies start at short and went 0-for-2. He is the 16th rookie to play for the team this season. ... Pirates first baseman Brad Eldred, making his third successive start since being called up from Triple-A, made an excellent diving catch of Machado's short
foul popup in the eighth. Eldred landed hard on his left shoulder but stayed in the game ... The Rockies are 7-15 in PNC Park. ... Colorado went 3-7 on a 10-game road trip that started in Cincinnati despite winning two of three in Washington. ... Pittsburgh is 5-2 against Colorado this season.