Pittsburgh 2, Houston 0

Boxscore | Recap
Thursday, July 5, 2012 7:05 PM
Location - PNC Park
Temperature - 87°
Umpires - Home Plate - Manny Gonzalez, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi,
Attendance - 21386

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Houston 32-51 23-19 9-32 L8
Pittsburgh 46-36 27-13 19-23 W4

Recap

Pirates 2, Astros 0: Jeff Karstens threw eight scoreless innings and Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee drove in runs as Pittsburgh finished its first four-game sweep in more than six years.

The Pirates have won eight of their last nine after taking advantage of a visit from Houston, which dropped to 9-32 on the road - the worst mark in the majors.

Karstens (2-2) racked up a season-high eight strikeouts and allowed just four hits - all singles - and one walk to win his second straight start. 

Joel Hanrahan worked around a pair of walks in the ninth for his 22nd save.

The Astros wasted a strong outing from Bud Norris (5-6) to lose their eighth straight overall and 10th in a row on the road. Norris allowed two runs on five hits and walked three in seven innings.

McGehee opened the scoring with an RBI double down the right-field line in the second and Jones added a sacrifice fly in the third for the Pirates, who last swept a four-game series from May 29-June 1, 2006.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Karstens has won his last four starts against Houston. … Houston 3B Matt Dominguez, who was acquired in the Carlos Lee trade with Miami on Wednesday, went 0-for-2 with a strikeout in his Astros debut. … Pirates 2B Neil Walker went 1-for-2 to extend his hitting streak to nine games. … The Astros have been shut out in Norris' past two starts.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Houston   Pittsburgh
Bud Norris Player Jeff Karstens
Loss W/L Win
7.0 IP 8.0
6 Strikeouts 8
5 Hits 4
2.57 ERA 0.00
Hitting
Houston   Pittsburgh
Chris SnyderPlayer Casey McGehee
1 Hits 1
0 RBI 1
0 HR 0
1 TB 2
.500 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Houston 4 0 4 .138 12 8 0 3 1 0
Pittsburgh 5 0 9 .192 11 6 2 3 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against San Francisco. The Pirates have a W/L % of .511 after a win and .622 after a loss.
  • Houston will play their next game at home against Milwaukee. The Astros have a W/L % of .438 after a win and .360 after a loss.