Not sure where this has come from. Magic? Joe Kerrigan? Whatever it is, Zach Duke has won back-to-back starts for the first time since June of last year. After that start 6/9/08 vs. Arizona, Duke's record was 4-4. He would go 1-10 the rest of the way.
Duke walked two and allowed four hits. The Astros didn't advance a runner to third until two were out in the seventh. He struck out five. The effort was Duke's third career shutout. His final win last year was a shutout of SF.
Every Pirate starter had at least one hit - and, no, Andy LaRoche didn't start - contributing to the win. Adam LaRoche hit a two run homer as part of a five run third and Ryan Doumit added an "oh by the way" solo homer in the 8th to cap the scoring at 7-0. Freddy Sanchez had three doubles.
The Pirates offense was unkind to Astros starter Brian Moehler, who fell to 0-2 on the season.
More, please from Zach Duke. It's like 2005 all over again. Good grief, where did this optimism come from?