HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 23: Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros throws against the Cleveland Indians at Minute Maid Park on June 23, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Astros Vs. Pirates: Houston Ends Losing Streak Against Pittsburgh

Rookie Dallas Keutchel gave up five runs in the first two innings and the Astros couldn't climb out of the hole.

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Astros Vs. Pirates Recap: Houston Wins Series Finale To Avoid 13-Game Losing Skid

The Houston Astros snapped their 12-game losing streak against the Pirates on Sunday. We take a look back at the four-game series right here.

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Astros Vs. Pirates Final Score: 12-Game Losing Streak Ends As Houston Defeats Pittsburgh 9-5

The 12-game losing streak for the Houston Astros has finally come to an end as they defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5. The Astros offense hit their stride between the third and seventh innings when all nine runs were scored. The Astros took the lead for good in the fourth inning when Jordan Schafer hit a two-run home run make it a 3-2 game. Schafer's home run countered a two-run blast by the Pirates Garrett Jones.

Those two Pirates runs were the only runs that Astros starting pitcher Lucas Harrell allowed in his 5.2 innings of work. Harrell also struck out five and allowed only five hits to get his eighth win of the season.

The Astros offense put up three runs in the seventh inning to increase their lead to 9-3 when Marwin Gonzalez hit a double with the bases loaded which cleared the bases. The Pirates made a comeback in the ninth inning by scoring two runs off of Astros reliever Chuckie Fick, but Xavier Cedeno and Wilton Lopez finished the game to get the Astros the win.

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Astros Vs. Pirates Sunday Lineups: Houston Tries To Snap Streak

The Houston Astros are trying to snap a long losing streak on Sunday when they wrap up a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lucas Harrell will take the mound for the Astros and will be looking for his eighth win of the season. The Pirates will counter with James McDonald.

All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen is not in the starting lineup for Pittsburgh for what appears to be a routine day off.

Houston Astros

1. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
2. Marwin Gonzalez (S) SS
3. Chris Johnson (R) 3B
4. Scott Moore (L) 1B
5. J.D. Martinez (R) LF
6. Brian Bogusevic (L) RF
7. Chris Snyder (R) C
8. Jordan Schafer (L) CF
9. Lucas Harrell (S) P

Pittsburgh Pirates

1. Starling Marte (R) CF
2. Alex Presley (L) LF
3. Neil Walker (S) 2B
4. Garrett Jones (L) RF
5. Casey McGehee (R) 1B
6. Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
7. Michael McKenry (R) C
8. Jordy Mercer (R) SS
9. James McDonald (L) P

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Houston Astros vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Sunday Preview, TV Schedule And More

The Houston Astros will try to avoid being swept by the Pittsburgh Pirates as the two teams finish up a four-game series Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

Lucas Harrell (7-7, 4.07 ERA) will be on the mound for the Astros, who will be looking to continue his recent run of form. Harrell has given up one earned run or less in five of his last six starts, but has gone only 1-1 over that stretch. Harrell was excellent in his last start against the Cincinnati Reds, giving up only seven hits and one run in seven innings of work.

Pittsburgh will counter with James McDonald (10-4, 3.15 ERA), who had gone over a bit of a rough stretch over his last three starts. McDonald has given up at least four earned runs in those starts, including his last outing against the Chicago Cubs. McDonald gave up five hits and five runs in six innings in the Pirates 5-1 loss to the Cubs on July 24.

Check out the game schedule and broadcast information right here:

Date/Time: Friday, July 29, 1:05 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Houston

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Astros Vs. Pirates Final Score: Houston Falls To Pittsburgh 4-3

The losing streak for the Houston Astros extended to 12 games as they lost 4-3 to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Astros were going up against Wandy Rodriguez who they just traded recently, and he went six innings, gave up six hits, three runs and struck out five.

Armando Galarraga got the start for the Astros and he pitched fairly well by lasting five innings giving up two runs which came on a pair of home runs.

The Astros took their first lead of the game in the fifth inning when Justin Maxwell hit a two-run triple to give the Astros a 3-2 lead. The Pirates came back in the sixth to tie the game Garret Jones scored on a passed ball, and the game winning score came in the eighth inning when Rod Barajas hit a shallow single to left field to put the Pirates up for good at 4-3.

The Astros failed to comeback in the eighth or ninth inning as they were retired in order in each inning.

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Astros Vs. Pirates Saturday Lineups: All-Righties Face Wandy Rodriguez At Minute Maid Park

That awkward moment is here - when Wandy Rodriguez pitches for a division opponent as a visitor at Minute Maid Park less than a week from being the longest tenured Astros player. Houston fans should be over it by now. The team wasn't going anywhere for the next several years with or without Wandy, so what difference does it make, really?

The Astros are going to try to tattoo Wandy with the H-Town star tonight with this all-righties lineup. Beware.

Astros lineup

1. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
2. Matt Downs (R) 1B
3. Chris Johnson (R) 3B
4. J.D. Martinez (R) LF
5. Justin Maxwell (R) CF
6. Ben Francisco (R) RF
7. Brian Bixler (R) SS
8. Carlos Corporan (S) C
9. Armando Galarraga (R) P

Pirates lineup

1. Starling Marte (R) LF
2. Alex Presley (L) RF
3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
4. Garrett Jones (L) 1B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
7. Rod Barajas (R) C
8. Clint Barmes (R) SS
9. Wandy Rodriguez (S) P

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Houston Astros vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Saturday Preview, TV Schedule And More

The Houston Astros will face off against a familiar face on Saturday night, as Houston looks to snap an ugly 11 game losing streak. Wandy Rodriguez will make his Pittsburgh Pirates debut, as the Astros face off for the first time against their 2012 Opening Day starter.

Rodriguez was traded by the Astros earlier this week in exchange for a trio of prospects, perhaps headlined by Robbie Grossman. Rodriguez pitched well for the Astros, going 7-9, with a 3.79 ERA and 1.27 WHIP prior to the trade. Each and every one of Rodriguez' 1,306 and 2/3 innings prior to Saturday night had been with the Astros, so it will be a bit jarring to Astros fans to see Rodriguez in a different uniform.

Armando Galarraga, perhaps best known for his non-perfect game, will make his Astros debut on Saturday night. Galarraga has pitched decently in AAA for the Astros, with a 3-2 record and 4.12 ERA. We'll see if he can help snap Houston's horrendous 11 game losing streak, which has included three consecutive ninth inning meltdowns.

Televised coverage of Saturday's game can be found on FOX Sports Houston. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT.

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Astros Vs. Pirates Final Score: Pittsburgh Defeats Houston 6-5

The Pittsburgh Pirates scored two runs in the top of the ninth when Starling Mate hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game, and then Drew Sutton scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Xavier Cedeno. Both runs were credited to Rhiner Cruz, but Cedeno allowed the sacrifice fly and also threw the wild pitch. However, it was just Cruz who allowed the base runners.

In the bottom of the ninth the Astros got a single by J.D. Martinez and then pinch runner Jordan Schafer stole second base to be in scoring position. Justin Maxwell struck out and Brian Bogusevic flied out to end the game.

The loss for the Astros was their 11th straight which ties a franchise record for most consecutive losses in a season, and the Astros now have the worst record in all of baseball at 34-67.

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Houston Astros Moves: Chuckie Fick Claimed Off Waivers, 40-Man Roster Now Full

It's being reported that the Houston Astros have claimed right-handed pitcher Chuckie Fick off of waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals, which fills Houston's 40-man roster. This was originally reported by Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, and later by other outlets.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow selected Fick in the 15th round of the amateur draft in 2007, back when he was the Cardinals' VP of scouting and player development. So there's obviously a relationship there and the pickup makes sense considering this.

The 26-year-old Fick spent most of the season at Triple-A, where he recorded a 4.68 ERA with 4.3 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 42 1/3 innings. He appeared in just two games for the Cardinals before they removed him from their roster.

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Astros Vs. Pirates Preview: Houston Hopes To Snap Losing Streak Against Jeff Karstens And Pittsburgh

The Houston Astros are looking for any kind of positives here down the stretch of the 2012 season. Having lost 23 of their last 25 games and losing 10 in a row by a margin of 72-30, the Astros will take anything that gets this team back in the right direction.

On Friday night, the Astros will try to get back on track against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jordan Lyles (2-7, 5.50 ERA) starts for the Astros. He's hoping to rebound from his last start, a five and two-thirds innings performance allowing eight runs on 10 hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 22.

The Pirates will send Jeff Karstens (3-2, 3.52) to the mound. Karstens is coming off a seven inning shut out performance allowing only five hits and three strikeouts against the Miami Marlins on July 22.

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Astros Vs. Pirates: Dallas Keuchel Struggles In 5-3 Loss

Rookie left-hander Dallas Keuchel allowed five runs over the first two innings and the Astros couldn't climb out of the hole, falling 5-3 to the Pirates on Thursday night.

Keuchel lasted six innings, giving up five hits and two walks. The trouble started right away, as Starling Marte hit a home run for Pittsburgh on the first pitch of the game. Garrett Jones hit a two-run homer three batters later to extend the lead to 3-0. Clint Barmes hit a two-run homer in the second inning to build the lead to 5-0.

Houston's first runs came in the eighth inning on solo homers from Chris Johnson and Carlos Corporan. Johnson singled home another run in the ninth.

Corporan and Johnson each went 2-for-3 as the only Astros players with multiple hits.

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Wandy Rodriguez To Start Against Astros On Saturday

Former Astros pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, who was traded to the Pirates on Tuesday, will make his Pittsburgh debut in none other than Minute Maid Park.

Rodriguez will start Saturday for the Pirates against the Astros, according to the Houston Chronicle. He joined the club on Thursday as the teams began a four-game series in Houston. After the acquisition, Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurlde said he expected Rodriguez to mesh in the clubhouse, despite his struggles with English. From MLB.com:

"I think we've got some great diversity out there to help him along the way," Hurdle said. "He doesn't master English. He's more comfortable with Spanish. We have plenty of people who speak Spanish. A lot of it will be on how quickly we can get him to get comfortable. That's always going to be a challenge."

Rodriguez has posted a 7-9 record with a 3.90 ERA with the Astros this year.

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Astros Vs. Pirates Lineup: Houston And Pittsburgh Kick Off A Four Game Set

The Houston Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates are set to kick off a four-game set at Minute Maid Park on Thursday evening in Houston and both clubs have released their starting lineups for the first game in the series.

First off, the lineups for the home team, the Astros:

And now the lineups for the visiting Pirates:

First pitch for tonight's lineup will be at 8:05 p.m. ET

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Astros Vs. Pirates Series Preview: Wandy Rodriguez Could Make Quick Return To Minute Maid Park

The Astros play a four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, which begins on Thursday. Facing Wandy Rodriguez in a Pirates uniform at Minute Maid Park is a real possibility here.

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

The Houston Astros take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first game of a four-game series tonight at Minute Maid Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT.

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