Pittsburgh 6, Houston 2

Boxscore | Recap
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 7:05 PM
Location - PNC Park
Temperature - 74°
Umpires - Home Plate - Mark Wegner, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Wally Bell,
Attendance - 12785

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 2 0 2 7 2
Pittsburgh 1 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 6 10 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Houston 42-94 28-40 14-54 L1
Pittsburgh 71-64 41-27 30-37 W1

Recap


Pirates 6, Astros 2: Andrew McCutchen went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and Wandy Rodriguez pitched seven shutout innings to stymie his former club as host Pittsburgh snapped a four-game losing skid.

Rookie Brock Holt also had four hits in his third major-league start as the Pirates won for the just the eighth time in their last 25 games in a game that was delayed an hour and 15 minutes at the start due to rain.

Rodriguez (10-13) struck out seven and allowed just four hits and one walk while improving to 3-4 since Pittsburgh acquired him from the Astros in late July.

Houston has lost 17 of 21 games and hasn’t won back-to-back contests since beating the Milwaukee Brewers on August 10-11.

McCutchen stroked a double down the left-field line in the first off Jordan Lyles (3-11) to get Pittsburgh started. McCutchen and Garrett Jones had run-scoring singles in the third to make it 3-0.

McCutchen drove in another run with a fifth-inning single and two runs scored later in the inning when Tyler Greene dropped Pedro Alvarez’s pop-up as third baseman Brandon Laird bumped into him.

Brett Wallace had a run-scoring double and Chris Snyder drove him in with a pinch single for Houston’s two runs.

Lyles allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.

GAME NOTEBOOK: McCutchen leads the majors with six games four-hit games. … Astros OF Justin Maxwell went 0-for-2 and is batting just .103 (4-for-39) over his last 16 games. … Pirates OF Travis Snider left after one inning due to hamstring soreness. … Laird was playing in his first game with Houston after being claimed off waivers from the New York Yankees. He went 1-for-3. … Alvarez was named National League Player of the Week after batting .458 with four homers.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Houston   Pittsburgh
Jordan Lyles Player Wandy Rodriguez
Loss W/L Win
4.2 IP 7.0
5 Strikeouts 7
7 Hits 4
7.71 ERA 0.00
Hitting
Houston   Pittsburgh
Chris SnyderPlayer Andrew McCutchen
1 Hits 4
1 RBI 3
0 HR 0
1 TB 5
1.000 Avg 1.000

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Houston 7 0 8 .206 14 8 2 2 1 2
Pittsburgh 10 0 12 .294 15 9 4 3 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against Houston. The Pirates have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .554 after a loss.
  • Houston will play their next game on the road against Pittsburgh. The Astros have a W/L % of .357 after a win and .290 after a loss.