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Nady leads Pirates past Astros

Apr 4, 2007 - 7:42 AM HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Xavier Nady and the Pittsburgh Pirates are making the National league stand up and take notice.

Nady homered for the second straight game and delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning to lead the Pirates to a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros.

Rallying for the second time in as many nights, Jack Wilson started the decisive rally with a bunt single off Dan Wheeler (0-1). Wilson moved to second on a walk to Jason Bay and scored on a base hit to left by Ronny Paulino. Nady followed with a base hit to center, easily plating Bay with the lead run.

"It's just one of those things," Nady said. "It's still early. I'm just trying to have quality at-bats. The first one, I got a good pitch. That's all I can ask for. The second one, (Dan Wheeler) caught me a little inside, more than I anticipated. But it worked. It's good to see this team fight like this. We have it in us. Hopefully, we'll keep it up."

In Monday's opener, the Pirates belted homers in each of the last three innings, including a game-winning shot by Bay in the 10th, in a 4-2 victory.

Pittsburgh got 11 strikeouts in six strong innings by starter Ian Snell.

"These are two very good games for us," Pittsburgh manager Jim Tracy said. "Snell was tremendous. It was a fairly dominant performance.

"We did some things tonight that took us a while to figure out last year. Our discipline at the plate has really improved. We're eons ahead of where we were a year ago. We really worked the count, fought off good pitches, made good decisions."

Snell yielded two runs, four hits and a walk.

"Last year, I probably would have had a little bit of jitters, but I have a year of experience now, and our team is a little stronger," snell said. "Everything was working tonight, and they were swinging at a lot of pitches, too. They were swinging at bad pitches, and that helped me a lot.

"There are a lot of things you can say about this team. We're not going to give up. We're going to play with a lot of heart. If we keep this up, we're going to go a long way. We're a pack of brothers out there."

Jonah Bayliss (1-0) got one out in the seventh for the win. Matt Capps pitched a scoreless eighth and Salomon Torres a perfect ninth for his second save.

Houston starter Jason Jennings allowed a run and five hits in six innings with a walk and seven strikeouts.

"Obviously, the one mistake I made was there to Nady in the second inning," Jennings said. "But overall, I felt I threw the ball well. I was working ahead of the guys most of the time.

"(Tonight) was a good thing. Hopefully, I can go out and do the same thing next time. I was excited to pitch in my home state for a new team. I'm going to try to show these guys why they brought me over here." Pittsburgh jumped to an early lead when Nady drilled his second homer in as many games in the second inning. Jason Lane tied it with his first blast in the fifth.

In the next frame, pinch hitter Orlando Palmeiro led off with a single, advanced to second on a groundout and scored on Carlos Lee's two-out single up the middle.






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

    BATTERIES: PIT - IAN SNELL, JOHN WASDIN (7TH), JUAN PEREZ (7TH), JONAH BAYLISS
    (7TH), MATT CAPPS (8TH), SALOMON TORRES (9TH) AND RONNY
    PAULINO
    HOU - JASON JENNINGS, CHAD QUAL

    Apr 3 10:46 PM
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    Pirates vs. AstrosApr 3 10:37 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY XAVIER NADY SCORED JASON BAY.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, X NADY ON FIRST, R PAULINO ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3
    HOUSTON 2 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J BAUTISTA (.429, 1-FOR-3)

    Pirates vs. AstrosApr 3 10:21 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RONNY PAULINO SCORED JACK WILSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R PAULINO ON FIRST, J BAY ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2
    HOUSTON 2 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: X NADY (.286, 1-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    Pirates vs. AstrosApr 3 10:20 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: J Bayliss relieved J Perez.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, M LAMB ON FIRST, B AUSMUS ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    HOUSTON 2 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C Biggio (.143, 0-FOR-3)

    Apr 3 10:02 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - PITCHING CHANGE
    PIT: JONAH BAYLISS (0-0, 0.00) IN THE 7TH
    SITUATION: NO RUNS IN, M LAMB ON FIRST, B AUSMUS ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1, HOUSTON 2
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C BIGGIO (.143, 0-FOR-3)

    Apr 3 10:02 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: J Perez relieved J Wasdin.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, B AUSMUS ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    HOUSTON 2 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M Lamb (.000, 0-FOR-0)

    Apr 3 9:57 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - PITCHING CHANGE
    PIT: JUAN PEREZ (NO RECORD) IN THE 7TH
    SITUATION: NO RUNS IN, B AUSMUS ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1, HOUSTON 2
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M LAMB (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Apr 3 9:57 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: M Lamb hit for C Qualls.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, B AUSMUS ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    HOUSTON 2 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M Lamb (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Apr 3 9:57 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: J Wasdin relieved I Snell.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    HOUSTON 2 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: J Lane (.500, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Apr 3 9:50 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - PITCHING CHANGE
    PIT: JOHN WASDIN (NO RECORD) STARTING THE 7TH
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1, HOUSTON 2
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: J LANE (.500, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Apr 3 9:50 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
    HOUSTON 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 4 0 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: PIT - IAN SNELL (OUT)
    HOU - CHAD QUALLS

    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: J LANE (.500, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)
    A EVERETT (.333, 1-FOR-2)
    B AUSMUS (.000, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 3 9:48 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS LEE SCORED ORLANDO PALMEIRO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C LEE ON FIRST, L BERKMAN ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    HOUSTON 2 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M ENSBERG (.167, 0-FOR-2)

    Pirates vs. AstrosApr 3 9:38 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JASON LANE (1) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF IAN SNELL.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1, HOUSTON 1
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: A EVERETT (.400, 1-FOR-1)

    Pirates vs. AstrosApr 3 9:11 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: PIT - IAN SNELL
    HOU - JASON JENNINGS

    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: X NADY (.400, 1-FOR-1, HR, RBI)
    J BAUTISTA (.400, 0-FOR-1)
    J CASTILLO (.000, 0-FOR-1)

    Apr 3 9:00 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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    CURRENT PITCHERS: PIT - IAN SNELL
    HOU - JASON JENNINGS

    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C LEE (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    M ENSBERG (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    J LANE (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Apr 3 8:26 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY XAVIER NADY (2) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF JASON JENNINGS.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1, HOUSTON 0
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J BAUTISTA (.500, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Pirates vs. AstrosApr 3 8:24 PM