Pirates Overcome Astros to End 4-Game Losing Streak

Pirates Overcome Astros to End 4-Game Losing Streak

Should the Pirates go on to recapture their hopes of this year’s second Wild Card slot, Pittsburgh fans will have Andrew McCutchen to thank. Facing a long late-season losing streak and watching Division championship hopes fade away, the center fielder drove in three runs off four hits (his sixth four-hit game of the season, leading the MLB) to deliver half of the Pirates total runs. They went on to finish the game, 6-2. Also contributing to Pittsburgh’s defense was Wandy Rodriguez, who shutout the Astros over seven innings, allowing just four hits.

The Astros struggled with offensive production, and pitcher Jordan Lyles gave up four earned runs in just under five innings, which ultimately put the game out of reach. Two runs came late on an error when Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Tyler Greene ran into each other trying to catch what would otherwise have been an easy fly ball. The ball slid just off the tip of Greene’s glove after the collision and two runs came in for the Pirates.

The Pirates have suffered through a slump lately, losing ten of their last 13 games. Their 5-1 loss to the Astros on Monday only increased doubts as to the Pirates’ contention for a Wild Card slot. But much of this slump can be credited to McCutchen’s recent lack of productivity. As McCutchen has improved, so too have the Pirates. If this is a sign that the center fielder is lifting out of his recent struggles, the Pirates could look down the rest of the month with plenty of wins.

Depending on how tonight’s final game in the Houston Astros series goes, the Pirates could be looking down a long tunnel with a small dot of light at the end, their playoff hopes. Pittsburgh Pirates tickets are still available for tonight’s game at 7:05 ET at PNC Park.


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