Pirates Shut Down By Astros, 2-0

HOUSTON (KDKA/AP) — The Pirates were shut out by the Houston Astros, 2-0 on Wednesday night.

The Bucs drop to 62-74 as they recorded their third loss in as many nights.

James McDonald (8-7) seven hits and two runs over six innings. He struck out eight.

The Pirates were held to just four hits. They struck out seven times.

Houston’s J.A. Happ (5-15, 5.71 ERA) lasted seven innings, giving up three hits and striking out six.

McDonald silenced the Astros’ bats until the fourth inning when Humberto Quintero and Jordan Schafer got RBIs.

Despite having the worst record in baseball (47-90), the Astros have won five of their last seven overall and seven of their last eight at home.

Houston’s other sweep this season was against the Chicago Cubs May 30-June 1.

Happ had his second strong outing since returning from Triple-A Oklahoma City. He didn’t allow a runner past first base and walked one.

It was Happ’s first major league victory since July 19.

  • Nicole

    Swept in Houston? How about swept for the last 19 years!! Sweep them where they belong, under the carpet like the dirty they are!!

    • Nicole


  • Dave

    Lots of Fan support again, but nothing to show for it!!!!!. My MVP for this year is the Overused A G H Cam,now thats excitement!!!

  • Avg. Joe

    Who cares? Steelers are playing preseason. It means more.

  • Love all the PGH Sports Teams

    Still a Pittsburgh Sports team! I hope the Steelers lose all season Avg Joe who will you root for?

    • Dave

      Steelers and Penguins almost always make the playoffs nowadays so that accounts for nearly the entire year. Only a few months from about May to August where you have to suffer from the Buccos.

      • Black & Gold

        Still a Pittsburgh team

    • Dave

      What does that mean and why do you keep saying it? Yes we know they are a Pittsburgh sports team but they are terrible and they truly don’t even give a darn about the good fans in this city.

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