The Pittsburgh Pirates got a good pitching performance by Zach Duke as they beat the Houston Astros 5-2 on Wednesday night. With the win the Pirates tied the series at 1-1 with the rubber match being Thursday night.
Duke tossed 7 2/3 innings while giving up seven hits and two runs. Ty Wigginton took him deep for a solo home run in the first and then Carlos Lee had a rbi single in the sixth inning. Duke will take that kind of quality start every time he takes the mound. With the win he is now 2-5 on the season.
Damaso Marte recorded the last out in the eighth inning after Duke left the game and then the closer Matt Capps came in to get his 12th save of the season.
Raul Chavez had a two run single in the fourth inning and then a sacrafice fly in the eighth inning to lead the Pirates with three rbi in the game. Adam LaRoche had a rbi single in the fourth inning while Nate McLouth had a rbi single in the fifth inning.
The Pirates will try to win the series as they battle the Astros on Thursday night.