The Houston Astros beat the Pirates 4-1 before a tiny crowd at PNC Park Tuesday night, as Brett Myers easily defeated a meek Bucs offense.
Myers registered six strikeouts and no walks in 7.2 inning, with the Pirates scoring only on a solo homer by Ryan Doumit. The Bucs mustered just four other hits for the rest of the evening.
Pirates starter Brad Lincoln pitched well, but allowed two runs in the second. Carlos Lee singled, stole second, advanced to third on a single by Brian Bogusevic, and scored on a fielder's choice by Jimmy Paredes. Paredes then scored on a single by Humberto Quintero.
Quintero then drove in two more runs - charged to Jose Veras - in the ninth - on a single to left-center.
Paredes had three hits and scored two runs.
Mark Melancon picked up the save for the Astros.
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