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.