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Offense keeping Pirates out of last place

Jul 8, 2008 - 1:54 PM Houston (41-49) at Pittsburgh (41-47) 7:05 p.m. EDT

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has helped them avoid the basement in the National League Central Division.

The Pirates go for their second straight win on Tuesday when they continue a three-game series against the Houston Astros.

Pittsburgh, which ranks fourth in the NL with 430 runs this season, pounded out 10 runs and 14 hits en route to a three-run victory over the Astros during the series opener on Monday. The win helped the Pirates (41-47) snap a three-game losing streak and move out of last place in the division.

However, Pittsburgh owns a 5.17 ERA - the worst in the majors - and are desperately hoping Ian Snell (3-7, 5.99 ERA) can provide a boost when he returns from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Snell was placed on the DL June 22 with a strained right elbow after winning just one of his previous 13 outings. The 26-year-old righthander has the benefit of returning at home where he owns a 3.57 ERA this season compared to a 8.14 mark on the road.

Brandon Backe (5-9, 5.22), who has allowed 11 runs in his last 12 innings and has just one victory in his previous seven starts, counters for the Astros






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    Astros 3, Pirates 4  FinalJul 9 2:24 AM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    HOUSTON 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 5 0
    PITTSBURGH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 x 4 11 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: HOU - BRANDON BACKE, DAVE BORKOWSKI (4TH), WESLEY WRIGHT (6TH),
    GEOFF GEARY (6TH), DOUG BROCAIL (8TH), JOSE VALVERDE (8TH) AND
    BRAD AUSMUS
    PIT - IAN SNELL, T.J. BE

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    Astros 3, Pirates 4  Top 9, 0 OutsJul 9 1:08 AM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY NATE MCLOUTH SCORED JOSE BAUTISTA AND LUIS RIVAS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, N MCLOUTH ON SECOND, J WILSON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 3
    PITTSBURGH 4 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: F SANCHEZ (.229, 2-FOR-4)

    Astros 3, Pirates 4  Bot 8, 0 OutsJul 9 12:58 AM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ADAM LAROCHE (10) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF DOUG BROCAIL.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 3, PITTSBURGH 2
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J BAUTISTA (.254, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Astros 3, Pirates 2  Bot 8, 0 OutsJul 9 12:47 AM
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    Astros 3, Pirates 2  Bot 8, 0 OutsJul 9 12:47 AM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY NATE MCLOUTH (17) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF DAVE BORKOWSKI.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 3, PITTSBURGH 1
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: F SANCHEZ (.227, 1-FOR-2)

    Astros 3, Pirates 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 8 11:24 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CARLOS LEE (21) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 5TH OFF T.J. BEAM SCORED LANCE BERKMAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 3, PITTSBURGH 0
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M TEJADA (.279, 0-FOR-2)

    Astros 3, Pirates 0  Top 5, 0 OutsJul 8 11:17 PM
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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY HUNTER PENCE (11) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF IAN SNELL.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 1, PITTSBURGH 0
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: T WIGGINTON (.273, 0-FOR-1)

    Astros 1, Pirates 0  Top 4, 0 OutsJul 8 8:10 PM
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