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Pirates Vs. Astros: Pittsburgh Hands Houston 12th Straight Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates topped the Houston Astros by a score of 4-3 on Saturday night, marking their third straight win over their N.L. Central foes. It was also Houston's 12th straight loss and 24th in their last 26 games.

The Pirates did, however, have to come from behind. Trailing 3-2 after five innings at Minute Maid Park, they would add a pair of runs over the remainder of the game to pull ahead. In the sixth, Garrett Jones scored on a wild pitch to knot the game at three apiece. Then, in the eighth, a single from Rod Barajas scored Andrew McCutchen, giving the Bucs a late one-run advantage they wouldn't surrender.

Starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez took the hill for Pittsburgh, making his debut after being traded from Houston on Tuesday. Rodriguez lasted six innings, giving up three, but was given a no decision. He struggled with his control, walking five.

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