Final: Pirates 5, Astros 1
WP: Jeff Karstens (7-4)
LP: Wandy Rodriguez (6-5)
Seriously, what can be said about Jeff Karstens? I say that after every single start. The guy has literally been on a season long hot streak. He pitched 7+ innings today and gave up just 1 run, and that was on a solo homer. Can’t ask for any more than that.
Brandon Wood put the Bucs ahead early on with a 2-run homer to right center field in the 2nd inning, his 4th of the season. He would also add an RBI single in the 4th inning to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead.
2 more Pirate runs would cross the plate in the 6th inning when the Pirates loaded the bases up with no one out. Michael McKenry would hit an RBI sac fly to right field, and Jeff Karstens would execute a perfect squeeze play to finish the scoring for the Bucs.
Matt Diaz was 3 for 4 with an (OH MY GOD) extra base hit! Neil Walker and Lyle Overbay would also each add 2 hits a piece to go along with Wood’s to knocks.
Jose Veras and Chris Resop each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to close things out. The win moved the Pirates into a tie with the Brewers for 2nd place in the NL Central and are 1.5 games out of 1st place. Charlie Morton looks to complete the sweep tomorrow against the Astros and Bud Norris.