Pi­rates tee off on Astros once again

Oswalt in­jures his an­kle, isn’t ex­pected to miss next start

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

PITTS­BURGH — Paul Ma­holm pitched a three-hit­ter for his sec­ond ca­reer shutout and the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates es­tab­lished a sea­son high for hits for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game, beat­ing the Hous­ton Astros 9-0 on Sun­day.

Ma­holm (6-7) threw his first com­plete game since April 27, 2008. His only pre­vi­ous shutout was against Hous­ton on April 24, 2007.

Gar­rett Jones hit a two-run home run, the Pi­rates’ first mul­ti­ple-run homer in five weeks, and Ronny Ce­deno went 4 for 4 with three dou­bles. Pitts­burgh had 19 hits, a day af­ter get­ting 17 against the Astros. Ev­ery Pitts­burgh po­si­tion player had at least a hit and seven dif­fer­ent play­ers had at least one RBI.

Astros ace Roy Oswalt missed out on an op­por­tu­nity to tie Joe Niekro for the club’s ca­reer vic­to­ries record when he was re­moved from the game af­ter four in­nings be­cause

Hous­ton’s left the game af­ter four in­nings on Sun­day. of a bruised left an­kle, sus­tained when Pe­dro Al­varez’s sharply hit grounder struck him in the sec­ond. Hous­ton man­ager Brad Mills said he ex­pects Oswalt (6-11) to make his next start.

“He was re­ally hav­ing some (dis­com­fort) in land­ing, and any time you have a sit­u­a­tion like that with your pitcher the main con­cern is you don’t want him to change some­thing and put a stress on some­thing else and start hurt­ing some­thing else,” Mills said.

Oswalt, 143-81 in his ca­reer, pitched a one-hit­ter against Pitts­burgh in his pre­vi­ous out­ing July 8. Ear­lier in the sea­son he re­quested a trade from the only team he has played for, and he has only two sched­uled starts re­main­ing be­fore the non-waiver trade dead­line July 31.

The Astros des­ig­nated right-han­der Casey Daigle for as­sign­ment af­ter Sun­day’s game, when he al­lowed three runs in one-third of an in­ning to raise his sea­son ERA to 11.32. The club pur­chased the con­tract of right-han­der Gary Ma­jew­ski from Triple-A Round Rock.

Hous­ton GM Ed Wade also in­di­cated the Astros plan to re­call left-han­der Wes­ley Wright from Round Rock on Tues­day and start him that night at Chicago. Wright will take the ros­ter spot of pitcher Brian Moehler, who was placed on the DL.

Gene J. Puskar

Pitts­burgh’s Last­ings Milledge is tagged out by Astros catcher Ja­son Cas­tro in the fourth in­ning Sun­day. Milledge was at­tempt­ing to score from sec­ond on a sin­gle to left field by Ron­nie Ce­deno.

Roy Oswalt

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