The Pirates are now in sole possession of first place in the National League Central division, if only for a few hours.
Kevin Correia gave the Pirates a chance. In six innings, Correia allowed three runs, all earned, on six hits while walking two batters. Correia was only able to strike out one batter, the fewest since June 13th when he also struck out one. Brad Lincoln, who was brought in to pitch the seventh, was able to shut out the Astros despite allowing two hits. Jason Grilli was wired today, setting up the ninth inning for Joel Hanrahan by tossing a scoreless eighth and striking out a batter. Then it was Hammer Time. Joel Hanrahan was unable to throw a shutout inning, allowing a leadoff home run to J.D. Martinez, his eleventh, but he did close out the game without allowing another baserunner.
Drew Sutton, last night’ hero, was one-for-four with his eighth double of the season. Garrett Jones and Michael McKenry joined Sutton in the doubles parade, and Neil Walker singled in the seventh inning to extend his hitting streak to eight games.