Paul came off the bench to spark the scoring.

Pittsburgh scored five late runs to surge ahead of the struggling Houston Astros, winning 7-3 and moving to one game over .500 this late in the season since 1999.

The Pirates and Astros traded one run innings and stranded many runners early in the game. Pittsbrugh struck in the top of the first off of J.A. Happ. Andrew McCutchen walked and he was tripled home by Neil Walker. Houston went to work with two outs in the bottom of the first off of Charlie Morton. Singles Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee and a walk to Brett Wallace loaded the bases. But Morton retired Chris Johnson on a ground ball to end the inning.

Walker was again in on the scoring in the third. Matt Diaz doubled and Walker delivered another two out knock to bring him in and ...

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