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Pirates continue series with hosting Astros

Aug 30, 2011 - 3:18 PM (Sports Network) - Pittsburgh right-hander Charlie Morton makes a fourth attempt at a 10th victory of the season tonight when the Pirates continue a three-game series with the host Houston Astros.

The 27-year-old Morton, a veteran of 75 big-league appearances, was a winner for the ninth time in 2011 on Aug. 8, when he twirled eight innings of six-hit shutout ball to defeat San Francisco, 5-0.

It extended an already career-best win total for the New Jersey native, a third-round pick of the Atlanta Braves in 2002.

However, Morton is winless in three tries at No. 10, including a 4 1/3-inning effort at St. Louis on Aug. 25, in which he was tagged for nine hits and five runs in an 8-4 loss.

He is 2-4 in seven career starts against Houston, the most recent being an 8-2 loss in Pittsburgh on July 6.

On Monday, Wandy Rodriguez had a career-high 13 strikeouts and Carlos Lee blasted the tie-breaking three-run homer in the seventh inning, boosting the Astros to a 7-4 win in the series opener.

Rodriguez (10-9) scattered four hits, allowed three runs and walked four batters to get into the double-digit win column for a third consecutive season.

Jose Altuve tallied three hits and an RBI, as Houston won its second straight following a 1-6 stretch.

Ross Ohlendorf pitched the first five frames for the Pirates in the opener of this three-game series, but Jason Grilli (1-1) couldn't hold the advantage. Jose Veras was also touched for a pair of runs in the decisive seventh inning. Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer for the Pirates, who have dropped seven of their last 10 contests.

Houston sends 26-year-old righty Henry Sosa to the mound for his fifth career start.

The Dominican made his major-league debut on Aug. 10 at Arizona and dropped a 6-3 decision after allowing four runs on six hits in six innings.

Subsequent home starts against the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco yielded a loss and a no-decision, before Sosa got win No. 1 with a 3-1 defeat of the Giants in California on Aug. 25.

He allowed a run on four hits in six innings, bringing his combined totals through four starts to 23 innings pitched and 13 runs allowed on 21 hits. He's walked nine batters and struck out 16.

The Pirates have still won nine of 13 versus the Astros this year.








  • PITTSBURGH: 2
    HOUSTON: 8
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    Aug 30 10:56 PM


  • Andrew McCutchen two-out, solo Home Run (20) to right. Garrett Jones due up.

    Pirates 2, Astros 8  Top 9, 2 OutsAug 30 10:55 PM


  • Carlos Lee fouled out to short to end the inning.

    Pirates 1, Astros 8  End 7Aug 30 10:32 PM


  • Jimmy Paredes doubled to left scored J.D. Martinez. On the play, Carlos Lee advances to third. Runners on second and third with two outs and Clint Barmes due up.

    Pirates 1, Astros 7  Bot 6, 2 OutsAug 30 10:11 PM


  • Carlos Lee singled to right scored Jose Altuve. On the play, J.D. Martinez advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and Brian Bogusevic due up.

    Pirates 1, Astros 6  Bot 6, 1 OutAug 30 10:02 PM


  • Jose Altuve singled to center scored Carlos Corporan. On the play, Jordan Schafer advances to second and Matt Downs advances to third. Bases loaded with one out and J.D. Martinez due up.

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  • Pinch-Hitter Matt Downs singled to left scored Jimmy Paredes. On the play, Carlos Corporan advances to second. Runners on first and second with one out and Jordan Schafer due up.

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  • J.D. Martinez struck out swinging. None on with two outs and Carlos Lee due up.

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  • Alex Presley stole second. Runner on second with two outs and Josh Harrison at the plate.

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    HOUSTON: 0
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