Series: Game 1 of 3

Houston leads 1-0 (as of 8/12)

Game 1: Friday, August 12
Game 2: Saturday, August 13
Game 3: Sunday, August 14

Pirates 5

(49-67, 23-36 away)

Astros 6

(63-52, 39-16 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 12, 2005

    Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas 

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    PIT 000101210 5 11 2
    HOU 20020002 - 6 13 1

    W: D. Wheeler (2-3)

    L: R. White (3-5)

    S: B. Lidge (29)

    Rookie LHP Duke puts unbeaten record on line against Oswalt

    Pittsburgh (49-66) at Houston (62-52), 8:05 pm EDT

    HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Rookie sensation Zack Duke puts his unbeaten record on the line against All-Star Roy Oswalt when the Pittsburgh Pirates face the Houston Astros on Friday.

    Duke (5-0, 1.54 ERA) has made seven starts since July 2 and did not yield an earned run in five of them. But the 22-year-old lefthander gave up four runs and 10 hits in 7 1/3 innings of a win against Los Angeles on Saturday.

    Duke has lasted at least seven innings in all of his outings.

    Oswalt (14-9, 2.46) is fourth in the major leagues in ERA and is 10-1 in 12 home starts.

    After winning eight of his previous nine starts, Oswalt is winless in his last two outings, including Saturday's 5-2 loss at San Francisco when he gave up four runs - three earned - in seven innings.

    Oswalt yielded two runs in seven innings of a 2-0 loss at Pittsburgh on April 25.

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakW2W2
    Last 105-56-4

    Pitching Matchup

    Z. Duke
    8-2, 1.81 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/2 at PIT
    7.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = Win
    R. Oswalt
    20-12, 2.94 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/2 at HOU
    6.0 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    1. T. Redman, CF W. Taveras, CF
    2. F. Sanchez, 3B C. Biggio, 2B
    3. J. Bay, LF L. Berkman, 1B
    4. R. Mackowiak, RF M. Ensberg, 3B
    5. B. Eldred, 1B J. Lane, RF
    6. J. Castillo, 2B A. Everett, SS
    7. H. Cota, C C. Burke, LF
    8. J. Wilson, SS B. Ausmus, C
    9. Z. Duke, P R. Oswalt, P