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Pirates Vs. Astros: Pittsburgh Finishes With Seven Hits In 5-2 Win Over Houston

Twenty-four hours earlier, the Pittsburgh Pirates were held to four hits in a 1-0 loss to the Houston Astros. One day later, the Pirates (15-18) nearly doubled that total, finishing with seven hits in a 5-2 victory over Houston (15-18) at PNC Park.

Center fielder Andrew McCutchen was responsible for his fair share of those, finishing 4 for 4 at the plate, including a home run in the third inning. The Pirates' were methodical -- to a large degree -- at the plate, scoring their five runs over the course of four innings, including the sixth when they scored two following a sacrifice fly from Clint Barmes and a wild pitch that brought in Casey McGehee.

Starting for Pittsburgh on Saturday was Charlie Morton, who lasted six full innings and gave up just one earned run, to improve to 2-3 on the season.

The rubber-match finale is scheduled for Sunday at 1:35 p.m. EST. A.J. Burnett will take the hill for Pittsburgh.

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