With the series win over Houston on Wednesday, Pittsburgh notched their 72nd win of the season. It tied their win total from all of last year. The Pirates finished the 2011 campaign with a 72-90 record.

"It’s part of what you expect," Manager Clint Hurdle said. "You do, you expect to get better. It’s not always the way it works. I use the term with my players, I’m going to be easy to please, but hard to satisfy. It’s somewhat pleasing, but it doesn’t give you satisfaction. "

"For some, I think it is a sign of tangible evidence that we’re getting better and that were in the right direction."

The Pirates were able to pick up the victory due to six runs off the Astros arms and a solid spot start from Kevin Correia.

"I thought it was a very efficient offense tonight," Hurdle said. ...

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