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Backe, Astros look to take series from Pirates

Sep 16, 2007 - 2:12 PM Pittsburgh (66-82) at Houston (64-82) 2:05 pm EDT

HOUSTON (Ticker) - The Houston Astros host the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday in the rubber game of a three-game series.

The Astros got to Matt Morris for seven runs in the fourth inning on Saturday and held on for a 9-7 victory. That moved Houston within two games of Pittsburgh in the battle to stay out of last place in the National League Central.

Just 3-10 over their last 13 games, the Astros are averaging under 3.7 runs per contest over that span.

Brandon Backe (0-1, 5.91 ERA) will make his third start for Houston since returning from "Tommy John" surgery. The 29-year-old righthander allowed four runs and six hits in five frames but did not factor in the decision of Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.

The Pirates will counter with Paul Maholm (10-14, 4.32). The young lefthander has picked up wins in three of his last four starts, and has yielded three runs or less in seven of his last nine outings.

Maholm owns a 3-2 career mark against the Astros with a 4.21 ERA in six starts.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 4 0
    HOUSTON 5 1 5 2 0 0 0 2 x 15 22 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: PIT - PAUL MAHOLM, JUAN PEREZ (3RD), TONY ARMAS (4TH), BRYAN
    BULLINGTON (5TH), DAVE DAVIDSON (8TH) AND CARLOS MALDONADO
    HOU - BRANDON BACKE, MARK MCLEMORE (7TH), TR

    Sep 16 4:57 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CHRIS BURKE (6) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF DAVE DAVIDSON SCORED ERIC MUNSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3, HOUSTON 15
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: J ANDERSON (.500, 5-FOR-5, 3 RBI)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 16 4:45 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CARLOS MALDONADO (1) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF MARK MCLEMORE.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3, HOUSTON 13
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: M KATA (.266, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 16 4:14 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSH ANDERSON SCORED BRANDON BACKE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J ANDERSON ON FIRST, C BURKE ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2
    HOUSTON 13 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: H PENCE (.326, 1-FOR-3)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 16 3:44 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TY WIGGINTON (6) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    4TH OFF TONY ARMAS.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2, HOUSTON 12
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C RANSOM (.231, 2-FOR-2, HR, 3 RBI)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 16 3:36 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JASON BAY (21) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF BRANDON BACKE.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2, HOUSTON 11
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J WILSON (.296, 1-FOR-1, HR, RBI)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 16 3:28 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS LEE SCORED CHRIS BURKE AND JOSH ANDERSON.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, C LEE ON FIRST, H PENCE ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    HOUSTON 11 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M LORETTA (.286, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 16 3:16 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CHRIS BURKE SCORED CODY RANSOM AND J.R. TOWLES.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, C BURKE ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    HOUSTON 9 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: J ANDERSON (.400, 2-FOR-2, 2 RBI)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 16 3:10 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY J.R. TOWLES SCORED MARK LORETTA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J TOWLES ON FIRST, C RANSOM ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    HOUSTON 7 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: B BACKE (.333, 1-FOR-1)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 16 3:06 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSH ANDERSON SCORED BRANDON BACKE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J ANDERSON ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    HOUSTON 6 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: H PENCE (.325, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 16 2:50 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JACK WILSON (12) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF BRANDON BACKE.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1, HOUSTON 5
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: C MALDONADO (.083, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 16 2:41 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY CODY RANSOM (1) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF PAUL MAHOLM SCORED MARK LORETTA AND TY WIGGINTON.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 0, HOUSTON 5
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: J TOWLES (.400, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 16 2:31 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK LORETTA SCORED JOSH ANDERSON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M LORETTA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 0
    HOUSTON 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: T WIGGINTON (.300, 5 HR, 15 RBI)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 16 2:26 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND RULE DOUBLE BY JOSH ANDERSON SCORED CHRIS BURKE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J ANDERSON ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 0
    HOUSTON 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: H PENCE (.326, 14 HR, 58 RBI)

    Pirates vs. AstrosSep 16 2:22 PM