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Jamie Moyer feels that someone will eventually break the major league record he set last week as the oldest player to win a game.

That's possible, but the Colorado Rockies 49-year-old left-hander can make that less likely each time he takes the hill.

Moyer gets the ball Monday night in Pittsburgh, where the Rockies open a three-game series against a light-hitting Pirates team that could use a rare solid home start from Kevin Correia.

Nearly 26 years after earning his first major league victory, Moyer (1-2, 2.55 ERA) earned No. 268 on Tuesday. In doing so, he became the oldest player in major league history to win a game at 49 years, 151 days.

The previous record was held by Jack Quinn, who was 49 years, 70 days old when he won Sept. 13, 1932, for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

"The way athletes are going in today's game, I think it could be broken,'' Moyer said after giving up two runs - both unearned - over seven innings of a 5-3 victory over San Diego.

Yet that's hard to imagine as the crafty southpaw continues to baffle hitters in his fourth decade in the majors. Moyer is the only Rockies pitcher to last at least five innings in each start this season.

"His interest level wasn't to come here and just win one game," manager Jim Tracy told the Rockies' official website of Moyer, who with his next win will pass Jim Palmer for 34th on the all-time list. "He's interested in doing a lot more over the course of a six-month season."

Moyer has been far from spectacular in eight starts in Pittsburgh, going 1-5 with a 6.92 ERA, but he'll face a Pirates team hitting a major league-worst .202 and scoring 2.0 runs per game - also lowest in baseball.

Pittsburgh (6-9), though, has one of the best staff ERAs in the NL at 2.63.

Following Sunday's 5-1 loss to St. Louis, the Pirates became the first NL team since the 1965 Pirates to go the first 15 games without scoring or giving up more than five runs.

Correia (1-0, 1.50), a career .120 hitter, will unlikely be able to fix the team's offensive woes, but he could give the Pirates a chance to win with a quality performance in his 2012 home debut. However, there weren't many good moments at PNC Park for the right-hander last season - his first with Pittsburgh - as he went 2-8 with a 7.83 ERA in 12 starts.

Correia, expected to take the mound after being scratched Saturday due to pain in his side, improved to 11-3 with a 2.50 ERA in 16 road starts for the Pirates after giving up one run in six innings of a 4-1 victory over San Francisco on April 15.

"I hope it'll be a little better this time at home," Correia told the Pirates' official website.

Colorado, though, has won five of seven in Pittsburgh after taking three of four in its last visit to PNC Park from April 7-10, 2011.

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was just 3 for 13 in that series, but he's a career .422 hitter in 17 games in Pittsburgh. Tulowitzki is 5 for 23 (.217) off Correia.

Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen went 2 for 12 in the Cardinals series, but he's still batting a team-best .351. With Pittsburgh ranking last in the majors with a .249 on-base percentage, there have been few RBI opportunities for McCutchen, who has driven in two after setting a career high with 89 in 2011.

McCutchen is 2 for 2 off Moyer.

Tagged: Pirates, Rockies, Jamie Moyer, Kevin Correia, Andrew McCutchen

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