McCutchen hit a solo homer in the loss.

Rookie Henry Sosa allowed just one run and two hits in six solid innings. The Astros put up six runs and sent ten men to the plate in a disastrous sixth inning against Charlie Mortona and Chris Leroux. It added up to another loss in Houston for the Pirates.

Morton scuffled through the first three innings, allowing a run on base in each frame and allowing a runner to second with one out two times. But it was the Pirates who broke through first against Sosa. Ronny Cedeno drew a lead off walk in the third. He moved up on a sac bunt from Morton. Alex Presley poked a two out single that scored Cedeno and put Pittsburgh up 1-0. That would be the only hit Sosa would allow through four innings.

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