Saturday, March 24, 2012

over and out...

(photo by John Lembo)

The Pirates watched another ninth-inning lead slip away Saturday when they lost 5-4 in 10 innings to the Houston Astros in front of 4,107 fans at McKechnie Field.
Scott Moore hit a game-tying three-run home run in the ninth off Ryota Igarashi and a fielding error by John Rodriguez helped Houston (11-9) plate the go-ahead run in the 10th.
James McDonald allowed a run on two hits in seven innings for the Pirates (7-13). Garrett Jones hit a two-run home run and Neil Walker singled in two runs.for Pittsburgh.

STAR OF THE GAME: McDonald took a no-hitter into the sixth before pinch hitter Travis Buck broke it up with a one-out single. McDonald struck out three and walked none.

PROSPECT OF THE GAME: Another day, another bunch of hits for Josh Harrison, now batting .520 after collecting two more hits Saturday.

QUOTE OF THE GAME: "I didn't know until they started clapping. They started clapping and I was just like, 'What happened?"' - McDonald, on losing the no-hitter.

UP NEXT: The Pirates and Astros meet against 1:05 p.m. today in Kissimmee. Brad Lincoln goes for Pittsburgh against Houston's J.A. Happ.

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