Final
  for this game

Pirates look to continue dominance of Astros

Sep 15, 2007 - 2:38 PM Pittsburgh (66-81) at Houston (63-84) 7:05 pm EDT

HOUSTON (Ticker) - The Pittsburgh Pirates are all but assured of their 15th straight losing season. It is not because of their play against the Houston Astros though.

Matt Morris takes the mound on Saturday as the Pirates look to continue their success against the Astros in the middle game of a three-game series.

Pittsburgh, which has won four of its last five games, has captured 10 of the 13 meetings between the clubs, including a pair of sweeps.

Morris (9-9, 4.59 ERA) has not been great this season, but he has done well against the National League's worst team. The righthander is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts against the Astros this season.

The Astros will counter with Wandy Rodriguez (8-13, 4.65), who has lost four of his last five decisions. Rodriguez has had a frustrating season on the road, going 2-10 with a 7.31 ERA, but is 6-3 with a 2.54 ERA here.

Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer in a three-run eighth inning as Pittsburgh posted a 4-3 win in Friday's opener, sending Houston to its eighth loss in the last nine games.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 7 8 1
    HOUSTON 0 0 0 7 1 0 1 0 x 9 13 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: PIT - MATT MORRIS, SALOMON TORRES (4TH), ZACH DUKE (5TH), JUAN PEREZ
    (8TH) AND RONNY PAULINO
    HOU - WANDY RODRIGUEZ, JUAN GUTIERREZ (4TH), FELIPE
    PAULINO (6TH), DEN

    Sep 15 9:37 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JACK WILSON (11) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF STEPHEN RANDOLPH SCORED RONNY PAULINO.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 7, HOUSTON 9
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J PHELPS (.379, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 15 9:16 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TY WIGGINTON (5) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF ZACH DUKE.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5, HOUSTON 9
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: J TOWLES (.500, 2-FOR-3)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 15 9:04 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY JASON LANE SCORED MARK LORETTA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J TOWLES ON SECOND, T WIGGINTON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5
    HOUSTON 8 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: J ANDERSON (.364, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 15 8:36 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS LEE SCORED JOSH ANDERSON AND CRAIG BIGGIO.
    SITUATION: 7 RUNS IN, C LEE ON FIRST, L BERKMAN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5
    HOUSTON 7 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: H PENCE (.328, 1-FOR-2)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 15 8:19 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    LANCE BERKMAN HIT BY MATT MORRIS PITCH WITH BASES LOADED
    SCORED JUAN GUTIERREZ.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, L BERKMAN ON FIRST, C BIGGIO ON SECOND, J
    ANDERSON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5
    HOUSTON 5 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C LEE (.296, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 15 8:13 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSH ANDERSON SCORED J.R. TOWLES.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J ANDERSON ON FIRST, J GUTIERREZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5
    HOUSTON 4 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C BIGGIO (.251, 0-FOR-1, SAC)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 15 8:11 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY TY WIGGINTON (4) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF MATT MORRIS SCORED HUNTER PENCE.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5, HOUSTON 3
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: J TOWLES (.000, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 15 8:05 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CARLOS LEE (29) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    4TH OFF MATT MORRIS.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5, HOUSTON 1
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: H PENCE (.326, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 15 8:02 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JACK WILSON (10) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    3RD OFF WANDY RODRIGUEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5, HOUSTON 0
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: M MORRIS (.212, 0-FOR-0, SAC)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 15 7:45 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY RONNY PAULINO (11) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 3RD OFF WANDY RODRIGUEZ SCORED FREDDY SANCHEZ AND JASON BAY.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 4, HOUSTON 0
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J WILSON (.289, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 15 7:44 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RONNY PAULINO SCORED STEVEN PEARCE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R PAULINO ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    HOUSTON 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J WILSON (.290, 9 HR, 52 RBI)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 15 7:24 PM