Ian Snell, who entered the game with a 7.71 ERA, didn’t allow an earned run in seven innings, leading the Pirates over the Phillies 3-1 at PNC Park.
The 6-18 Pirates had lost seven straight before catching a break in facing a scuffling Phillies offense. Snell had no trouble tonight, striking out seven in what must have been the second-best start of his career (last season, he outlasted Roger Clemens in a game that kept the Phils' playoff hopes alive).
Brett Myers allowed three earned runs with eight strikeouts in seven innings, continuing a positive trend of longer outings by the veteran starters.
However, the offense continued their sorry trend of wasting chances and going through long droughts without scoring runs. Aaron Rowand can hold his head highest for having the best game, going 2-3 with a walk and stolen base. Their only run came on a Mike Lieberthal groundout. You can fill in the rest.