Pittsburgh 5, Houston 2

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, May 12, 2012 7:05 PM
Location - PNC Park
Temperature - 72°
Umpires - Home Plate - Jim Joyce, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - James Hoye,
Attendance - 34187

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Houston 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 9 0
Pittsburgh 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 5 7 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Houston 15-18 10-8 5-10 L1
Pittsburgh 15-18 9-8 6-10 W1

Recap


Pirates 5, Astros 2: Andrew McCutchen recorded four hits for the second time in four games, including a line-drive solo home run in the third inning, as Pittsburgh defeated visiting Houston.

Jose Tabata also belted a solo homer in the fifth that gave the Pirates a 3-1 lead and scored twice.

Pirates starter Charlie Morton (2-3) allowed eight hits, but just two runs – one earned -- over six innings for the win. Juan Cruz pitched the ninth for his third save -- half of his career total.

Pittsburgh had a runner at third with none out twice on Friday and came up empty in a 1-0 loss to the Astros. The Pirates wasted no time breaking that string when Tabata tripled and jogged home on Neil Walker’s sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead in the first. They never trailed.

Morton escaped a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the sixth, giving up one run on Justin Maxwell’s fielder’s choice that trimmed the lead to 3-2.

Houston starter J.A. Happ (2-3) allowed five runs in five-plus innings. Pedro Alvarez broke out of a 0-for-22 slump with a double off Happ in the sixth, igniting a two-run rally.

Jordan Schafer had two hits and an RBI for Houston, which dropped to 5-10 on the road.

GAME NOTEBOOK: McCutchen is now 11-for-25 with four homers in his career against Happ and is batting .452 against lefthanders this season. … Brian Bogusevic had two singles for his sixth multi-hit game for Houston. … The Pirates are 10-0 when leading after the sixth inning.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Houston   Pittsburgh
J.A. Happ Player Charlie Morton
Loss W/L Win
5.0 IP 6.0
4 Strikeouts 0
6 Hits 7
9.00 ERA 1.50
Hitting
Houston   Pittsburgh
Brian BogusevicPlayer Andrew McCutchen
2 Hits 4
0 RBI 1
0 HR 1
2 TB 7
.500 Avg 1.000

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Houston 9 0 11 .257 19 2 2 1 0 0
Pittsburgh 7 2 16 .241 10 5 4 4 2 1

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against Houston. The Pirates have a W/L % of .214 after a win and .632 after a loss.
  • Houston will play their next game on the road against Pittsburgh. The Astros have a W/L % of .467 after a win and .471 after a loss.