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.