The Astros were unable to do much of anything against Ross Ohlendorf. But Evan Meek surrendered the game winning dinger to Carlos Lee. The Pirates have lost five in a row and Ohlendorf has had some rough luck.
Ohlendorf pitched out of a bases loaded, one out jam in the first and then was never in trouble again. He was pulled in favor of Chris Resop after allowing a two out single in the seventh inning. His counterpart, Brett Myers, was equally tough. A two out single from Neil Walker scored Andrew McCutchen in the third. And that was all the Pirates would get.
Meek relieved Resop to start the eighth. Angel Sanchez reached on a one out single. Hunter Pence walked and Lee followed with a three run homer, putting the Pirates behind and placing Ohlendorf in the ND column. Meek allowed three consecutive singles, the last one, from Brett Wallace, brought home the fourth and final run. Wil Ledezma retired the last two batters without any more damage being done.
Brandon Lyon allowed the first two Pirates to reach base in the ninth. But Delwyn Young grounded into a game ending double play.
Ohlendorf gave up four singles and two walks in 6-2/3. In seven innings, Myers allowed seven hits and one run while whiffing seven and walking none.
Pedro Alvarez had three hits.
Walker and McCutchen both had two.
Not getting it done for Ohlendorf.
Ohlendorf is 0-6 in ten career appearances against Houston. Myers remains 5-4 against Pittsburgh.
In his last eight starts (excluding the one where he left the game after getting hit, Ohlendorf has only allowed 11 earned runs. The seven whiffs were the second best of 2010 for Ohlendorf.
The homer was Lee’s first of the month.