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.

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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.

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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.

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