Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Jimmy Paredes was charged with an error that
allowed the winning run to score with two outs in the bottom of the ninth
inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates slipped past the Houston Astros, 5-4, in the
opener of a three-game interleague set at PNC Park.
With Houston's Edgar Gonzalez (0-1) on the hill and two down and the bases
loaded, Russell Martin popped up the right-hander's 2-2 offering into right
field, where Paredes and second baseman Jake Elmore bumped into each other.
The ball fell to the ground and the game-winning run easily crossed home
Hector Ambriz blew the save for the Astros in the eighth, issuing a two-run
homer to Pedro Alvarez which tied the game at 4-4.
Andrew McCutchen was a triple shy of the cycle, finishing with three hits and
an RBI for Pittsburgh, winners of four straight and seven of eight overall.
Justin Wilson (4-0) picked up the win after working around a walk in the top
of the ninth.
Matt Dominguez hit a two-run home run for the Houston, losers in seven of
their last eight.
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