The Pittsburgh Pirates did what they needed to do on Wednesday night, beating the hapless Houston Astros 6-3 at PNC Park to take the three-game series and stay in the hunt for a National League Wild Card spot.
Kevin Correia came up huge for the Bucs, throwing six solid innings to move to 10-8 on the season. The right-hander gave up just one run on four hits, walking one and striking out one.
On offense, Gaby Sanchez went 3-for-4 with an RBI. The Pirates only had one extra-base hit on Wednesday night, an Alex Presley triple in the fourth inning. Brock Holt picked up a pair of RBI in the leadoff spot on an infield single and a sacrifice fly.
Fernando Abad made his third start of the season for Houston and it didn't go smoothly. Abad was roughed up in four innings, surrendering five runs (four earned) on six hits to fall to 0-3.
Brandon Laird drove in two of the Astros' three runs with a two-run homer in the ninth off of Jason Grilli, but Grilli struck out Carlos Corporan in the next at-bat to seal the win.