Ro­driguez helps Astros end 3-game los­ing streak

All-Star Bourn scores twice, Lee and Berk­man homer for Hous­ton

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Chris Dun­can

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.

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