HOUSTON,TX - SEPTEMBER 22: Michael McKenry #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates tags Matt Dominguez #30 of the Houston Astros after striking out at Minute Maid Park on September 22, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 4-1. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Astros Vs. Pirates: Houston Wins 4-1

A three-run seventh inning was the difference, as the Astros pulled out a late victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday night.

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Pirates Vs. Astros Final Score: Pittsburgh Flexes Its Muscles In 8-1 Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates pounded out 18 hits in an 8-1 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Sunday. Conversely, the Astros managed just four hits.

Houston's offense was led by Scott Moore, who went 3 for 4 with a solo home run. Pinch-hitter Brandon Laird was responsible for the Astros' only other hit. Jordan Lyles took the loss and dropped to 4-12 on the season. Lyles allowed three runs on six hits in four innings. He struck out four.

Josh Harrison led the Pirates with a 4 for 6 day. Jose Tabata went 1 for 3 with two RBIs. Pittsburgh's offense was well balanced, as 10 hitters had at least one hit. Six Pirates had at least two hits.

A.J. Burnett improved to 16-8 with the win. Burnett allowed just one run on four hits in eight innings and struck out a season-high 11.

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Pirates Vs. Astros: Houston Seeks Rare Sweep Sunday

The Houston Astros face the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday in the last game of a three-game series, and the final contest between the teams as members of the National League Central Division. The Astros have won the first two games of the series, giving them the chance for their first series sweep since a May 23 victory over the Cubs.

If Houston is going to complete the sweep, they will have to solve Pirates starter A.J. Burnett. The veteran Burnett has pitched well this season, going 15-8 with a 3.64 ERA. He has lost his last three starts, though the losses have come more as a result of Pittsburgh's stagnant bats than poor pitching. Burnett is making his fourth start against Houston this season, with a 1-0 record and 4.42 ERA in his previous three appearances against the Astros.

Houston will send right-hander Jordan Lyles to the mound. Lyles holds a 4-11 record in his second major-league season, and has recorded a 5.40 ERA to date. He was roughed up in his last start against the Pirates, giving up five runs in just 4⅔ innings in a Sept. 4 loss.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 CT. Fox Sports Houston and KTRH 740 AM handle the broadcasts.

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Astros Vs. Pirates Game Recap: Houston Powers Past Pittsburgh

The Houston Astros used a three-run seventh inning to down the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-1.

Houston took an early 1-0 lead with a single off the bat of Brett Wallace in the first. Pittsburgh quickly answered in the top of the second, as Gaby Sanchez launched a leadoff home run, his seventh of the season.

Pirates' starter Kevin Correia and Astros rookie left-hander Dallas Keuchel kept things knotted at 1-1 until the Astros broke things open in the seventh. A single and an error put two runners on for catcher Jason Castro, who hit his third home run of the season to give the Astros a 4-1 lead.

Keuchel allowed four hits and one run over seven innings and Hector Ambriz and Wilton Lopez combined to log two perfect innings of relief.

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

The Houston Astros are taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second game of their three-game series. After a 7-1 victory, the Astros are looking to win back-to-back games for only the second time since early August.

The Pirates are still hanging around in the wild card race and are 5.5 games back with 12 games left, so they need to win as many games as possible if they want to have a chance at that wild card spot. The Astros will be playing the spoiler role against the Pirates.

The Astros are sending out Dallas Keuchel to the mound who has struggled this year with a 2-7 record. Keuchel actually earned his second win of the year when he pitched 5.1 innings of shutout ball to beat the Phillies.

Date/game time: Sept. 21, 6:05 p.m. CT
Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston
Television Coverage: None
Radio: KTRH 740 AM
Streaming Coverage: MLB.tv
Starting pitchers: Dallas Keuchel (2-7, 4.97 ERA) vs. Kevin Correia (11-9, 4.09 ERA)

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Astros Vs. Pirates Game Recap: Houston Dominates, Wins 7-1

Houston Astros starting pitcher Edgar Gonzalez left Friday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second inning with a strained hamstring, but Houston's bats propelled the Astros to a 7-1 victory. Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Pirates never threatened a comeback.

Gonzalez was replaced by Fernando Martinez, who picked up his second win of the season. The extent of Gonzalez's injury is unknown at this time, but his next expected start is Sept. 26th against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Astros first baseman Brett Wallace led the offensive charge, going 2-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs, including a solo homerun in the seventh.

Pittsburgh's lone score came on s Garrett Jones solo homerun in the eighth, but it was too little, too late for the Pirates, who are now 4-15 in September and have lost 4 straight.

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Astros Vs. Pirates Lineups: Edgar Gonzalez Starting His Fourth Game For Houston

The Houston Astros host the Pittsburgh Pirates in a new three-game series. Houston is sending out Edgar Gonzalez to the mound, and it will be his fourth start for the Astros this season. Currently, he is 2-1 with an ERA of 4.40. The Astros are needing him to have a better start this time around where Gonzalez allowed five earned runs in just four innings of work.

As for the rest of the lineup, Brandon Barnes gets the start at centerfield and will be batting second in the lineup on Friday night. Jed Lowrie is back in the starting lineup after getting Thursday night off, and will be batting fifth and playing shortstop.

Astros lineup:
1. Jose Altuve 2B
2. Brandon Barnes CF
3. Matt Dominguez 3B
4. Justin Maxwell RF
5. Jed Lowrie SS
6. Brett Wallace 1B
7. J.D. Martinez LF
8. Chris Snyder C
9. Edgar Gonzalez P

Pirates:
1. Starling Marte LF
2. Clint Barmes SS
3. Andrew McCutchen CF
4. Garrett Jones RF
5. Gaby Sanchez 1B
6. Pedro Alvarez 3B
7. Michael McKenry C
8. Brock Holt 2B
9. Jeff Locke P

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Astros Vs. Pirates Game 1 Preview: Edgar Gonzales And Jeff Locke Face Off In Rematch

Edgar Gonzales faces off with Jeff Locke as the Astros take on the Pirates. The two men pitched against each other on Sept. 3, with Gonzales picking up the win for Houston.

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