Houston 7, Pittsburgh 1

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, September 21, 2012 8:05 PM
Location - Minute Maid Park
Temperature - 84°
Umpires - Home Plate - Eric Cooper, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Marty Foster,
Attendance - 17093

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 74-76 42-33 32-43 L4
Houston 49-102 33-43 16-59 W1

Recap


Astros 7, Pirates 1: Jed Lowrie belted a three-run homer and Justin Maxwell launched his team-leading 17th blast as host Houston continued Pittsburgh's downward spiral.

Garrett Jones hit his 24th homer in the eighth inning for the Pirates, who suffered their 16th loss in 20 outings to remain 5 1/2 games behind St. Louis in the race for the National League's second wild card. The Cardinals dropped a 5-4 decision in 10 innings to the Chicago Cubs earlier on Friday.

After sitting out Thursday's contest, Lowrie wasted little time extending his hitting streak to six games as he deposited a fastball from starter Jeff Locke (0-2) just inside the left-field foul pole. Lowrie's 15th homer matched his combined total of his previous two seasons.

Fernando Rodriguez (2-10) relieved injured starter Edgar Gonzalez and struck out four over 3 1/3 innings to pick up the victory. Brett Wallace homered and had an RBI triple as the Astros snapped a three-game skid.

Seven pitchers combined on the seven-hitter for Houston, with reliever Mickey Storey striking out the side in the seventh inning.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Locke suffered his second loss to Houston after yielding three runs on as many hits in five innings. ... Gonzalez exited the contest after 1 2/3 innings with a strained right hamstring. ... Pirates rookie Starling Marte recorded his second consecutive multi-hit effort.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Pittsburgh   Houston
Jeff Locke Player Edgar Gonzalez
Loss W/L No Decision
5.0 IP 1.2
8 Strikeouts 1
3 Hits 1
5.40 ERA 0.00
Hitting
Pittsburgh   Houston
Starling Marte Player Brett Wallace
2 Hits 2
0 RBI 2
0 HR 1
2 TB 7
.500 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Pittsburgh 7 1 10 .212 13 12 1 2 0 0
Houston 6 3 18 .200 18 12 7 7 2 1

Upcoming Games

  • Houston will play their next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Astros have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .324 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play their next game on the road against Houston. The Pirates have a W/L % of .486 after a win and .500 after a loss.