Astros blow out Bucs to avoid sweep

Final: Astros 8, Pirates 2

WP: Bud Norris (5-6)

LP: Charlie Morton (7-5)

The Bucs were up 1-0 heading into the 6th inning, but then the Astros bats, helped along with some sloppy play, busted out for a 5-run 6th inning to put the game essentially out of reach.

The Pirates could only manage 2 runs against Bud Norris over 7 innings of work with both runs being driven in by Andrew McCutchen.

Chris Leroux did a good job in a mop-up role relieving Charlie Morton as he ended up going 1 2/3 scoreless innings before giving way to Dan McCutchen. He and Daniel Moskos would combine to give up 3 more runs over the final 3 innings.

The Pirates ended up taking 2 out of 3 from the Astros so it is yet another series win. They will have an off day before a 3-game set against the 5th place Cubs this weekend before heading into the All-Star Break. Winning another series could go a long way and would put the Bucs at least 4 games over .500 at the break.