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Astros continue dominance of Pirates with 5-2 win

Jul 17, 2010 - 3:07 AM PITTSBURGH(AP) -- The Houston Astros certainly aren't the only team beating the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates. They're just the one doing it with the most regularity.

Jeff Keppinger homered and had three RBIs, Brett Myers allowed two runs while working into the eighth inning and the Astros remained unbeaten in seven games against the National League's worst team this season with a 5-2 win Friday night.

Myers (7-6) extended his club record for consecutive starts of at least six innings to begin a season to 19 by allowing two runs on five hits in 7 2-3 innings, striking out four and walking one.

"I'm just trying to do my job; I'm not really trying to go out there and overpower guys or anything like that," Myers said. "I'm just trying to throw strikes and get us into the dugout as quick as possible."

Matt Lindstrom worked a perfect ninth for his 22nd save in 26 opportunities.

Andrew McCutchen went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run for Pittsburgh, which has lost seven consecutive overall.

Making his first start in exactly one month, the Pirates' Zach Duke (3-9) pitched five effective innings, allowing two runs on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts. But he lost for the ninth time in his last 10 decisions.

"I feel good," Duke said. "I felt like the stuff was crisp, the curveball was good, the changeup was good, the fastball was down, so I like where I'm at physically."

In the Astros' first game with former star Jeff Bagwell as their hitting coach, the team scored at least five runs for only the third time in its past 10 contests.

This despite being without cleanup hitter Carlos Lee, who was not in the lineup a day after he missed a voluntary team workout in Pittsburgh to end the All-star break.

Keppinger, 7 for 13 in his past three games, has hit three of his four home runs this season in his past six games. He also had an RBI double in the seventh and drove in Jason Bourgeois with a groundout in the first.

That meant the Pirates had allowed at least one first-inning run for the sixth time in their past seven games. This came without a ball reaching the outfield - an infield single, two stolen bases and a groundout.

"Those are the things we've got to do, get the big hits with two outs, and we've got to be able to move runners around," Keppinger said.

Houston took a 2-0 lead with two outs in the second when Humberto Quintero doubled in Hunter Pence.

McCutchen scored on Neil Walker's sacrifice fly in the fourth.

D.J. Carrasco relieved Duke in the sixth, and Keppinger took the first pitch he threw and hit it just inside the left-field foul pole to make it 3-1. Later that inning, Pence scored on a squeeze play with Angel Sanchez at the plate.

The Pirates chased Myers in the eighth when McCutchen's two-out single drove in Lastings Milledge. Jose Tabata followed with a single off of Brandon Lyon, but Walker's sinking liner to left was caught by a running Bourgeois to end the threat.

"All wins feel good, but it was nice to see the guys play real well," Houston manager Brad Mills said. "They really did a good job defensively, and offensively we did some things that are good. ... Then, of course, it's always good to lean back on Myers having such a big outing."

The Pirates threw two wild pitches, had a balk, a runner picked off second and failed to record an out when they had Pence caught in a rundown in the fourth.

"Not the kind of game you're looking for anytime," Pittsburgh manager John Russell said. "A few too many mistakes, mental lapses. But again, we've got to take some heat off those mistakes by scoring some runs, and we just didn't do it. Myers was good."

Notes: After the game, the Astros placed RHP Brian Moehler on the disabled list due to a strained right groin. It was retroactive to July 8. The move was necessitated because RHP Felipe Paulino (right shoulder tendinitis) will be sent back to Houston to have an MRI performed after a setback during a throwing session Friday. He will not come off the disabled list in time to start Tuesday, as scheduled. ... The Pirates have had five losing streaks of at least five games this season. This is the third time they have lost seven in a row.






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    Astros 5, Pirates 2  FinalJul 17 11:08 AM


  • Pirates 2, Astros 5 - FINAL
    HOUSTON ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    J Bourgeois lf 4 2 1 0 1 2 1 .304
    M Bourn cf 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .252
    J Keppinger 2b 4 1 2 3 0 0 0 .287
    L Berkman 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .251
    H Pence rf 3 2 2 0 1 1 0 .267
    C Johnson 3b 4 0 1 0 0 3 2 .280
    A Sanche

    Jul 16 9:44 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ANDREW MCCUTCHEN SCORED LASTINGS MILLEDGE
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A MCCUTCHEN ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 5
    PITTSBURGH 2 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J TABATA (.244, 1-FOR-3)

    Astros 5, Pirates 2  Bot 8, 0 OutsJul 16 9:20 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JEFF KEPPINGER SCORED JASON BOURGEOIS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J KEPPINGER ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 5
    PITTSBURGH 1 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: L BERKMAN (.252, 0-FOR-3)

    Astros 5, Pirates 1  Top 7, 0 OutsJul 16 8:53 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE HIT BY ANGEL SANCHEZ SCORED HUNTER PENCE
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C JOHNSON ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 4
    PITTSBURGH 1 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: H QUINTERO (.242, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Astros 4, Pirates 1  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 16 8:31 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JEFF KEPPINGER (4) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF D.J. CARRASCO.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 3, PITTSBURGH 1
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: L BERKMAN (.253, 0-FOR-2)

    Astros 3, Pirates 1  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 16 8:21 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY NEIL WALKER SCORED ANDREW MCCUTCHEN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 2
    PITTSBURGH 1 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: G JONES (.271, 0-FOR-1)

    Astros 2, Pirates 1  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 16 7:59 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY HUMBERTO QUINTERO SCORED HUNTER PENCE
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H QUINTERO ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 2
    PITTSBURGH 0 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: B MYERS (.118, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

    Astros 2, Pirates 0  Top 2, 0 OutsJul 16 7:25 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    HOUSTON 1 1 1 0
    PITTSBURGH 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: HOU - BRETT MYERS
    PIT - ZACH DUKE

    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: A MCCUTCHEN (.287, 8 HR, 29 RBI)
    J TABATA (.241, 1 HR, 6 RBI)
    N WALKER (.275, 3 HR, 12 RBI)

    Astros 1, Pirates 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 16 7:12 PM