Final: Pirates 5, Astros 3
WP: A.J. Burnett (12-3, 3.52 ERA)
LP: Dallas Keuchel (1-3, 4.63 ERA)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (30, 2.23 ERA)
Starling Marte‘s career couldn’t have started off any better. Making his Major League debut, leading off in left field, Marte homered to left center field on the very first pitch he ever saw in the big leagues.
That was just the beginning of what would become a two-inning barrage by the Bucs. Garrett Jones hit a two-run homer later in the first inning and Clint Barmes hit a two-run shot in the second. That would be all the Pirates would score, but it was more than enough as A.J. Burnett rolled through the Astros’ lineup, picking up his 12th win of the season.
The Astros hit two homers off Burnett in the eighth, and he exited with only those two runs given up over 7 1/3 innings. Brad Lincoln got the final two outs of the frame before giving way to Joel Hanrahan, who recorded his 30th save. Hanrahan did give up a run on a single, a walk, and two wild pitches...