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Red-hot Astros go for sweep of Pirates

Sep 11, 2008 - 10:15 AM Pittsburgh (60-85) at Houston (79-67) 8:05 p.m. EDT

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- The Houston Astros failed to make up any ground in the National League wild-card race on Wednesday, but it was no fault of their own.

Houston will look to gain ground on the Milwaukee Brewers when they go for a four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

Winners of five straight and 13-of-14, the Astros used a grand slam by Miguel Tejada in a 7-4 victory on Wednesday. Houston sits four games behind the Brewers (83-63), who open a pivotal four-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. Philadelphia (79-67) sits in a tie with Houston in the race for the playoff spot.

Roy Oswalt (14-9, 3.72) gets the ball for the Astros. The Houston ace has been spectacular lately, posting a 6-1 record and a 1.32 ERA in his last seven starts.

The righthander has allowed five hits and no runs in his last 17 1/3 innings, including a complete-game, one-hitter against the Colorado Rockies on September 6. He was tagged with four runs - three earned - and nine hits in his only previous outing against the Pirates on June 4.

Pittsburgh counters with Zach Duke (5-13, 4.87), who snapped a personal nine-game losing streak last time out. The lefthander had not won since June 9, spanning 14 starts, before throwing a complete-game shutout, allowing six hits and two walks in a 7-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on September 5.








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

    BATTERIES: PIT - ZACH DUKE, MARINO SALAS (5TH), CRAIG HANSEN (6TH), JESSE
    CHAVEZ (7TH) AND RYAN DOUMIT
    HOU - ROY OSWALT AND BRAD AUSMUS

    HOME RUNS: PIT - NONE
    HOU - NONE

    Sep 11 10:14 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MARK LORETTA SCORED BRAD AUSMUS.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, R OSWALT ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 0
    HOUSTON 5 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M TEJADA (.286, 0-FOR-2)

    Pirates 0, Astros 5  Bot 5, 0 OutsSep 11 9:13 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY DARIN ERSTAD SCORED REGGIE ABERCROMBIE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, R OSWALT ON SECOND, B AUSMUS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 0
    HOUSTON 4 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M LORETTA (.275, 0-FOR-2)

    Pirates 0, Astros 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsSep 11 9:10 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY REGGIE ABERCROMBIE SCORED HUNTER PENCE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R ABERCROMBIE ON FIRST, J CASTILLO ON
    SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 0
    HOUSTON 2 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: B AUSMUS (.217, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates 0, Astros 2  Bot 5, 0 OutsSep 11 9:06 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE BY ROY OSWALT SCORED REGGIE ABERCROMBIE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 0
    HOUSTON 1 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: D ERSTAD (.288, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates 0, Astros 1  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 11 8:40 PM
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