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Kevin Correia was dealing against Houston before a costly error was taken advantage of by the Astros in the eventual loss, which sailed the Pirates to three games below .500 and their fifth straight.

Correia retired four straight before Jed Lowrie singled into shallow center field to lead off the seventh inning. Matt Dominguez hit a grounder to short, which would have been a routine double play, but Clint Barmes kicked the ball into the outfield for an error to put two runners on and no outs. The error proved to be costly after Jason Castro took advantage of a 2-1 changeup left over the plate and launched a three-run homer to right field.

The home run spoiled an impressive outing for Correia. The right-hander tied a career-high nine strikeouts over his...

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