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.