Pirates tee off on Astros once again
Oswalt injures his ankle, isn’t expected to miss next start
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.
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.