Pittsburgh starter James McDonald scattered three hits and walked two over six
scoreless innings. The right-hander also equaled his career high with eight
strikeouts, but didn’t figure in the decision.
Chris Resop, who absorbed the loss on Friday, replaced McDonald in the seventh
and for the second consecutive outing, failed to retire a batter. Chris
Johnson led off the frame with a home run to left field. Bill Hall then
singled and scored the tying run on a double by Humberto Quintero.
Joe Beimel succeeded the ineffective Resop and Angel Sanchez delivered an RBI
bunt single to put the Astros up 3-2.
Houston tacked on another run in the eighth against Daniel McCutchen (1-0), as
Brett Wallace plated Carlos Lee with a sacrifice fly. Lee reached on a double
to lead off the inning. It appeared Andrew McCutchen made a sliding catch.
However, the Pittsburgh center fielder was ruled to have trapped the ball. Lee
ended up advancing to third on a botched pickoff attempt.
Fernando Abad (1-3) was called on to protect a two-run lead in the bottom of
the frame, but couldn’t complete the task. Neil Walker stroked a one-out
single and Steve Pearce walked before Doumit launched a 1-0 pitch over the
wall in left.
“Things were kind of spinning the wrong way and [Doumit] put a foot
down and changed the direction of the game,” said Pittsburgh manager Clint
Joel Hanrahan tossed a perfect ninth for his 10th save in as many chances this
Walker and Matt Diaz both had two hits for Pittsburgh, which evened its record
through 34 games.
J.A. Happ gave up two runs on six hits and four walks in six full frames for
the Astros, who have lost four of five.
The Pirates loaded the bases in the first and fourth innings, but were able to
muster only one run both times on a Pearce sac fly and single by Ronny Cedeno.
McDonald got Wallace to ground into a fielder’s choice to escape a bases-
loaded jam in the sixth.
Houston right fielder Hunter Pence extended his hitting streak to 12 games
with a two-out single in the first inning…Pittsburgh has now outscored
opponents 26-16 in the opening frame this season…The Astros placed
outfielder Jason Bourgeois on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained
left oblique and recalled infielder/outfielder Joe Inglett from Triple-A