Astros Vs. Pirates: Houston Loses 3-2 In Extra Innings

Brett Myers' blown save in the ninth helped send the Astros to a 3-2 loss in 12 innings to the Pirates.

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Astros Vs. Pirates Final Score: Houston Falls 3-2 In Extra Innings

A blown save by closer Brett Myers in the ninth spoiled a fine outing by Wandy Rodriguez and opened the door for a 3-2 loss in 12 innings to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Astros fell behind early on an Andrew McCutchen RBI double to left in the first inning. Rodriguez would settle down after that and was pretty much untouchable the rest of the way. Houston tied things up in the fifth on a Jastro RBI single and took the lead in the seventh on an RBI single by Chris Johnson.

The score would remain 2-1 until the ninth when Myers loaded the bases and surrendered a game-tying sac fly to Pedro Alvarez. Myers worked his way out of the jam but the damage was done as the game shifted into extra innings. Pittsburgh broke through in the 12th when Clint Barmes hit a two out double and Josh Harrison followed with the game-winning single off of Fernando Rodriguez.

Carlos Lee and Jason Castro finished with two hits each for the Astros. Neil Walker went 2 for 5 for the Pirates. Tony Watson earns his third win of the season with a perfect inning of relief. Rodriguez suffers his fourth loss after allowing two hits and one run while failing to record an out.

For more on the Houston Astros, be sure to check out From The Crawfish Boxes.Pittsburgh Pirates news and info can be found at Bucs Dugout, and all your MLB news is over at Baseball Nation.

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Astros Vs. Pirates Score: Brett Myers Blows Save, Game Heads To Extras

The Houston Astros entered the bottom of the ninth with a 2-1 lead only to see their closer Brett Myers give it up. The game now heads to extra innings tied 2-2.

Myers started the inning by walking the leadoff batter Jose Tabata. Neil Walker followed with a double to put the Pirates in business with runners at second and third with no one out. After an intentional walk to Andrew McCutchen to lead the bases, Pedro Alvarez hit a sacrifice fly that scored Tabata and tied the game. Myers then rallied to strike out pinch hitter Nate McLouth and got Alex Presley to ground out to end the inning.

Myers blown save spoils an outstanding outing for starter Wandy Rodriguez who allowed just three hits and one run over eight innings of work. The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the first on a McCutchen double. The Astros answered back with RBI hits from Jason Castro and Chris Johnson.

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Astros Vs. Pirates Starting Lineups For Sunday

Astros left fielder J.D. Martinez returns to the starting lineup after a three-game absence due to his struggles at the plate. After a hot start, Martinez has saw his average drop all the way to .230 on the season. Martinez has just one hit during the month of May and is in the midst of a 1 for 29 stretch dating back to April 28. Martinez is back in the No. 3 hole in the lineup for Sunday's series finale.

Here is a look at the starting lineups for Sunday's series finale:

Houston Astros

1. Jordan Schafer (L) CF
2. Jed Lowrie (S) SS
3. J.D. Martinez (R) LF
4. Carlos Lee (R) 1B
5. Brian Bogusevic (L) RF
6. Chris Johnson (R) 3B
7. Jason Castro (L) C
8. Marwin Gonzalez (S) 2B
9. Wandy Rodriguez (S) P

Pittsburgh Pirates

1. Jose Tabata (R) LF
2. Neil Walker (S) 2B
3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
4. Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
5. Casey McGehee (R) 1B
6. Yamaico Navarro (R) RF
7. Rod Barajas (R) C
8. Josh Harrison (R) SS
9. A.J. Burnett (R) P

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Astros Vs. Pirates Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Houston Astros look to earn a series win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday afternoon at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The Astros will turn to left hander Wandy Rodriguez who is 3-3 with a 2.14 ERA. He has been very effective against the Pirates with a 5-1 record and a 2.94 ERA in his last seven starts against Pittsburgh.

The Pirates will counter with righty A.J. Burnett who is 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in two starts at PNC Park. However, he is one start removed from allowing 12 earned runs in 2.2 innings against the Cardinals. Burnett bounced back in his last outing holding Washington to just two runs over eight innings while striking out 10 to earn a no decision.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, May 13, 1:35 p.m. ET

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pitching Matchup: Wandy Rodriguez (3-3, 2.14 ERA) vs. A.J. Burnett (1-2, 6.08 ERA)

TV: Fox Sports Houston

Radio: KTRH 740

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

For more on the Houston Astros, be sure to check out From The Crawfish Boxes.Pittsburgh Pirates news and info can be found at Bucs Dugout, and all your MLB news is over at Baseball Nation.

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Astros Vs. Pirates Final Score: Houston Suffers 5-2 Defeat On Saturday

Houston's J.A. Happ allowed two homers in five-plus innings of work as the Houston Astros suffered a 5-2 loss to the Pirates in the second game of their three-game set.

The Pirates jumped out to a quick start grabbing a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a Neil Walker sacrifice fly. Andrew McCutchen made the score 2-0 in the third with a solo homer to right center. Houston cut the lead in half in the fifth with an RBI double off the bat of Jordan Schafer but Pittsburgh would once again push the lead back out with a solo homer from Jose Tabata in the bottom half of the inning.

The Astros cut the lead to 3-2 in the sixth before Pittsburgh tacked on two more runs in the bottom half of the frame to round out the scoring.

McCutchen finished 4 for 4 for the Pirates while Tabata added two hits. Jordan Schafer and Brian Bogusevic had two hits each for the Astros.

Happ sees his record fall to 2-3 on the season after allowing six hits and five runs in five-plus innings of work. Charlie Morton improves to 2-3 on the season after allowing seven hits and one earned run in six innings. Juan Cruz came on in the ninth to earn his third save of the season.

For more on the Houston Astros, be sure to check out From The Crawfish Boxes.Pittsburgh Pirates news and info can be found at Bucs Dugout, and all your MLB news is over at Baseball Nation.

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Astros Vs. Pirates: Several Changes (Praise God) In Pittsburgh's Lineup For Saturday

Hopefully the Houston Astros and the Pittsburgh Pirates can be less anemic on Saturday. The two teams managed just eight hits combined in the Astros 1-0 win on Friday. Brian Bogusevic scored the only run of the contest as Justin Maxwell inexplicably grounded into a double play.

The Pirates were shut out by an exquisite pitching performance by four Astros hurlers, can they turn it around on Saturday? Casey McGehee has replaced Garrett Jones at first base, Michael McKenry takes over behind the plate for Rod Barajas and Nate McLouth has been replaced by Yamalco Navarro in the outfield.

Here is the Pirates lineup in full, the Astros lineup will be posted momentarily. Stay tuned.

1. Jose Tabata (R) LF
2. Neil Walker (S) 2B
3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
4. Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
5. Casey McGehee (R) 1B
6. Yamaico Navarro (R) RF
7. Clint Barmes (R) SS
8. Michael McKenry (R) C
9. Charlie Morton (R) P

For more on the Houston Astros, be sure to check out From The Crawfish Boxes.Pittsburgh Pirates news and info can be found at Bucs Dugout, and all your MLB news is over at Baseball Nation.

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Houston Astros Vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Saturday Probables, TV Schedule And More

The Houston Astros face off against the Pittsburgh Pirates again on Saturday night, as the Astros look for their second straight win -- and to inch closer to .500 on the season.

J.A. Happ will start for Houston, and has a tough act to follow. Bud Norris pitched like an All-Star on Friday, pitching six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and walking none while striking out eight en route to the win.

Happ so far on the young season is the owner of a 2-2 record and 5.24 ERA. Happ's secondary numbers match the ugly ERA, as he has a 1.57 WHIP, and opponents are hitting .279 off of him. Happ has struggled with his command this year, issuing 16 walks in 34.1 innings.

Charlie Morton will start for the Pirates. Morton takes a 1-3 record, 4.61 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and .288 BAA into Saturday night's contest. Morton is coming off of back-to-back losses and has allowed nine earned runs over 10.1 innings in his last two starts.

Televised coverage can be found on Fox Sports Houston. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT.

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Astros Vs. Pirates Recap: Houston Pitching Shuts Down Pittsburgh Bats In 1-0 Victory

Bud Norris allowed only three hits in six solid innings of work as the Houston Astros were able to edge the Pittsburgh Pirates by a score of 1-0, taking the first game of the weekend series at PNC Park.

Right-fielder Brian Bogusevic led off the second inning with a single and later scored the only run of the night for the Astros. That was all the run support that was needed for Norris, as he fanned eight batters without issuing any walks in route to improving his record to 3-1. He got into trouble in the sixth inning but was able to pitch his way out of a bases-loaded jam by striking out two batters and inducing a pop out. Closer Brett Myers pitched the final frame, recording his ninth save of the season.

The second game of this series will on Saturday night, with Charlie Morton of the Pirates scheduled to pitch against J.A. Happ of the Astros.

For more on the Houston Astros, be sure to check out From The Crawfish Boxes. Pittsburgh Pirates news and info can be found at Bucs Dugout, and all your MLB news is over at Baseball Nation.

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Astros Vs. Pirates: Friday's Lineups Announced

After a day off, Houston opens a three-game series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, and Friday's lineups have been announced.

Houston has lost three of its last four games since a five-game winning streak. The Astros and Pirates have not played each other yet this season. They're tied in the NL Central standings in third place at 14-17.

Here is Houston's lineup:

Jordan Schafer, CF

Jed Lowrie, SS

Jose Altuve, 2B

Carlos Lee, 1B

Brian Bogusevic, RF

Chris Johnson, 3B

Justin Maxwell, LF

Jason Castro, C

Bud Norris, P

Here is the lineup for the Pirates:

Josa Tabata, RF

Nate McLouth, LF

Andrew McCutchen, CF

Pedro Alvarez, 3B

Neil Walker 2B

Garrett Jones, 1B

Rod Barajas, C

Clint Barmes SS

James McDonald, P

For more on the Houston Astros, be sure to check out From The Crawfish Boxes.Pittsburgh Pirates news and info can be found at Bucs Dugout, and all your MLB news is over at Baseball Nation.

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Astros Vs. Pirates: Game Preview, TV Info And More

Following an off day, the Astros start a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on the road Friday night. Houston's 2-1 after a break this season.

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