Rodriguez helps Astros end 3-game losing streak
All-Star Bourn scores twice, Lee and Berkman homer for Houston
HOUSTON — Wandy Rodriguez struck out 10 and allowed four singles in seven innings, and the Houston Astros snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
Carlos Lee and Lance Berkman homered and Michael Bourn scored two runs for the Astros, who’ve won all four meetings with the last-place Pirates this season.
Rodriguez (6-10) finished one strikeout shy of his career high, which he last reached almost exactly a year ago against Pittsburgh. He gave up two walks, both in the first inning, and won his third straight start.
The Astros staked Rodriguez to a 2-0 lead in the first inning off Pittsburgh starter Brad Lincoln (1-3), a rookie who played at the University of Houston.
Bourn, selected to the NL All-Star team by manager Charlie Manuel, led off with an infield single and stole second. He advanced on Jeff Keppinger’s flyout and scored on Berkman’s groundout.
Lee followed with a solo home run to left center, his 11th of the season.
Bourn singled and scored again in the third. Berkman then homered into the leftfield balcony for a 5-0 lead.