Another quality start for A.J. Burnett was not enough. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Seeing the Houston Astros again must make the Pirates nostalgic for last year, when Andrew McCutchen and A.J. Burnett strapped the team to their back in the first half and carried them to first place on their own will.

So it was again for the Pirates (25-18) in a 4-2 loss Saturday night at PNC Park. McCutchen hit two doubles and scored the two Pittsburgh runs while Burnett struck out seven hitters and allowed only one run on his bobblehead night. Otherwise, the Bucs stranded nine runners and the normally-dynamite bullpen coughed up three runs for the Astros (12-31) to win in 11 innings.

"I just kept getting stronger as the game went on," Burnett said after his seven innings of work.

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