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Astros Vs. Pirates: Brett Myers Shuts Down Bucs

Brett Myers pitched 7.2 innings of one-run ball, shutting down a lackluster Pirates offense.

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Brett Myers #39 of the Houston Astros pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on September 6, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 06: Brett Myers #39 of the Houston Astros pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on September 6, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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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.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.