Despite a productive start from Kevin Correia, the Pirates couldn’t get anything going on offense and dropped yet another game.
The Astros took an early 1-0 lead in the first (surprising, huh?) but the Bucs got it right back. Gaby Sanchez tied the game with a leadoff homer in the second, and it stayed that way for a while. Correia settled in for the next five innings, and Dallas Keuchel cruised.
That all ended in the seventh when KC gave up a leadoff single that dropped in between three defenders. Clint Barmes booted an easy double-play ball, and the inevitable happened next. Jason Castro came to the plate with the intention of bunting, but after the count got to 2-1, he was swinging away. He took Correia deep to RF for a three-run bomb, and that was all she wrote. A six-inning-nine-strikeout performance by Correia was spoiled. Keuchel held the Bucs to four hits in seven innings, and the back of the bullpen closed it out, with Wilton Lopez getting the save.
Pitt won big. Go Steelers.
Pirates (74-77) – Astros (50-102)
Win: Keuchel (3-7)
Loss: Correia (11-10)