The Pittsburgh Pirates took the first two games of a four game series agains the Houston Astros in very different ways. The Buccos blew out Houston in the series opener and then picked up another win on Tuesday thanks to a walk-off home run. On Wednesday afternoon, the Pirates were able to pick up their third win of the series against the Astros.
Houston was actually able to get on the scoreboard first, picking up two runs in the second inning thanks to a Jason Castro sacrifice and Brian Bogusevic single to give the Astros a 2-0 lead. The Pirates' bats answered the call in the bottom of the second inning however, picking up three runs. Michael McKenry knocked in a run on a sacrifice fly, which was followed up by a Clint Barmes single to left field knocking in two more runs to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead.
The Pirates added some insurance in the fourth inning, as McKenry knocked in another run on a double to left field. In the fifth inning, Houston cut into the Pirates' lead on a Jose Altuve groundout, but that wasn't enough to catch the Pirates. Pittsburgh added two more runs on a Pedro Alvarez single in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving the Buccos a 6-3 lead and the eventual 6-4 victory.
The Pirates will play for the sweep on Thursday evening.