Originally posted on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 5/13/12
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Josh Harrison's 12th-inning single drove in Clint Barmes and the Pittsburgh Pirates came back for a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday. Harrison was 0 for 3 before lining the first pitch he saw from Fernando Rodriguez (1-4) into left. Barmes had just hit a two-out double to left and scored from second. He slid under the tag of Jason Castro, who received a high throw from Justin Maxwell. The Pirates won for the fourth time in their past six games and prevented the Astros from winning a road series for the first time in 11 months. Pittsburgh tied the game in the ninth against closer Brett Myers, keeping Wandy Rodriguez from earning a victory despite eight dominant innings. Jose Tabata scored the tying run on a Pedro Alvarez sacrifice fly after Pittsburgh loaded the bases with no outs against Myers, who blew his first save in 10 opportunities. Starter A.J. Burnett allowed two runs on six hits in eight innings for the Pirates, who have won four of six and completed a 5-4 homestand. Tony Watson (3-0) pitched a perfect 12th to earn the win. The start of the game was delayed 29 minutes, and a light rain persisted throughout the majority of the afternoon. Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen each hit one-out doubles to right in the first, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Casey McGehee walked. The only other baserunner Wandy Rodriguez would allow was a leadoff single by Alvarez in the fourth, but he was erased when Yamaico Navarro grounded into a double play. Wandy Rodriguez had seven strikeouts to give him 31 in his past three outings against Pittsburgh. He retired the final 14 batters he faced, but Astros manager Brad Mills lifted him after throwing 94 pitches in eight innings. Carlos Lee had two hits and scored both runs, and Castro had two hits and an RBI for Houston, which has lost five of seven. Burnett almost matched Rodriguez. He did not walk a batter and had four strikeouts. Burnett faced the minimum through four, allowing only a Castro single that was followed by Marwin Gonzalez grounding into a double play. But Lee doubled to lead off the fifth and eventually scored on Castro's two-out single. The 264-pound Lee tagged up to go from second to third on a flyout to right in the fifth; two innings later, he again used speed to ignite a rally. Lee reached via a one-out infield single and scored from second two batters later on a single by Chris Johnson. Torched for 12 runs in 2 2-3 innings May 2, Burnett has allowed a total of five runs in his other four starts combined. NOTES: Houston previously won a road series June 17-19, 2011, at Dodger Stadium. ... Pittsburgh scored 23 runs during the homestand, an average of 2.6 per game. ... Pirates closer RHP Joel Hanrahan pitched the 10th hours after being reinstated to the active roster before the game. He had missed the previous three games on the bereavement list due to the death of his grandmother. ... The Astros traveled to Philadelphia after the game to begin a two-game series in which RHP Lucas Harrell was scheduled to start Monday's opener. ... Pittsburgh will play its first game in the Miami Marlins' new ballpark Monday.
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