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Astros Vs. Pirates: A.J. Burnett Looks To Continue Home Success

The Pittsburgh Pirates (15-18) look to duplicate Sunday what for them was an offensive outburst on Saturday night, when the Pirates tallied five runs in a 5-2 win over the Houston Astros. Pittsburgh has only scored five runs at PNC Park five times this year, never exceeding that total. The Pirates have scored one or no runs seven times at PNC.

A.J. Burnett (1-2, 6.08) will be on the mound for Pittsburgh on Sunday. Burnett is 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in two starts at home, and in seven career starts against Houston is 2-5 with a 5.31 ERA.

Wandy Rodriguez (3-3, 2.14 ERA) will oppose Burnett. In his last seven starts against Pittsburgh, Rodriguez is 5-1 with a 2.94 ERA, striking out over 11 batters per nine innings.

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