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Pirates lose late lead in Houston

The Pirates battled back from a 3-1 deficit to take a 4-3 lead before ultimately falling 6-4 to Houston. Neil Walker went 4-for-5 with a homer and 2 RBI, and Lyle Overbay and Brandon Wood added back-to-back homers in the loss.

The Pirates had a remarkable 6th inning, rallying from a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead, which seemed to pull them almost effortlessly into the lead and into position for another road win, but they were not able to maintain it.

The Pirates actually looked to be in prime scoring position in the second inning, but they left the bases loaded and the Astros took advantage in the bottom of the frame.

Carlos Lee doubled before Jason Michaels singled to right field, putting himself on first and Lee third. Lee managed to score on a passed ball to put the Astros on the board.

In the bottom of the third, Jeff Keppinger hit a homerun deep to left field with Angel Sanchez on base and the Astros took a 3-0 lead.

Things started to turn around for the Pirates beginning in the top of the fifth. Neil Walker hit a homer to right field, putting the Bucs on the board.

Then came the amazing 6th inning, where the Pirates tied the game on back-to back homeruns by Lyle Overbay and Brandon Wood. Mike McKenry then doubled to the very back corner of right field. He eventually scored on Walker’s drive to center, giving the Pirates the lead as the final innings of the game began.

After a few uneventful innings, Hunter Pence stole third and scored on a close play at the plate. Houston took the lead on Humberto Quintero’s shallow single to left field. Michael Bourn secured the sixth run for Hoston to put the Astros up 6-4.

Kevin Correia(11-7, 4.01 ERA) takes the mound for the Pirates tomorrow against Houston’s Wandy Rodriguez(6-6, 3.52 ERA).

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