Astros 5, Pirates 4(10)

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 24, 2012
James McDonald held Houston hitless into the sixth inning Saturday, but the Astros scored an unearned run in the 10th inning to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4. McDonald retired 16 of the first 17 batters he faced - Juan Castro reached on an error in the third inning - until Travis Buck sent a broken-bat single into shallow center field with one out in the fifth. In his longest outing this spring, McDonald gave up a run on two hits and struck out three over seven innings. Neil Walker lined a two-out, two-run single to right in the first. Garrett Jones hit a two-run homer in the eighth to give the Pirates a 4-1 lead. In the top of the ninth, Scott Moore hit a three-run homer off Ryota Igarashi to tie it. A fielding error by shortstop Josh Rodriguez allowed Buck to score the winning run in the 10th.
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