National League Game Summary - Houston at Pittsburgh|
(Wednesday, September 5th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 6, Houston 3
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Kevin Correia tossed six solid innings and
Brock Holt knocked in a pair of runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates past the
Houston Astros, 6-3, in the rubber match of a three-game series at PNC Park.
Correia (10-8), who got the start in place of an injured Jeff Karstens,
allowed one run on four hits and a walk for his first win since Aug. 8. He was
making his sixth appearance and third start since his last victory.
Alex Presley added two hits, an RBI and three runs scored for the Pirates, who
won their second straight following a four-game slide.
"I thought it was a very efficient offense tonight. We were able to score some
runs different ways. The guys gave us some good at-bats," Pirates manager
Clint Hurdle said.
Fernando Abad (0-3) was touched for five runs -- four earned -- on six hits
and three walks over four innings for Houston, which lost for the ninth time
in 11 games.
Brandon Laird homered in a losing effort.
Pittsburgh jumped out to an early lead in the first inning when Clint Barmes
hit a one-out single, moved to second on an Andrew McCutchen walk and came
home on Garrett Jones' base hit to right field. Gaby Sanchez followed with a
single through the left side of the infield to plate McCutchen for a 2-0
After Houston left a runner on third in the top of the second inning, the
Pirates added a run in the bottom of the frame as Presley reached first on a
fielding error by first baseman Brett Wallace and later scored on Holt's
"We were down 3-0 and it seems like the same story. We were just battling back
again," Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco said. "I thought we had a
chance to win the series."
Jimmy Paredes led off the fourth inning with a double to left field and came
home three batters later on Brian Bogusevic's liner to center field to get the
Astros on the board. A Scott Moore bloop single to right field loaded the
bases with one out, but Carlos Corporan grounded into an inning-ending double
play to keep it a 3-1 game.
Pittsburgh then answered with a pair of runs in the home fourth when Rod
Barajas hit a leadoff single before rounding the bases on Presley's triple
over the head of Bogusevic in center field. Presley raced home on Holt's
sacrifice fly to give the Pirates a four-run cushion.
Presley singled to start the sixth inning, moved to second on a walk by pinch-
hitter Jeff Clement and came home on a pair of bunts by Holt and Barmes to
give Pittsburgh a 6-1 lead.
Laird's two-run homer in the ninth inning accounted for the final margin.
Astros third baseman Scott Moore left the game in the sixth inning after
suffering a left groin strain while fielding a ground ball ... Correia
improved to 2-1 in 12 career appearances (seven starts) against the Astros ...
Abad fell to 0-2 in nine appearances (one start) against Pittsburgh ... The
Pirates won the season series between the teams, 11-3 ... It was Houston's
final appearance in Pittsburgh as a member of the National League, as the
Astros will move to the American League this offseason ... Houston has not won
a series in Pittsburgh since taking 2-of-3 from them on May 29-31, 2009.
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