Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Pittsburgh leads 2-0 (as of 8/25)

Game 1: Friday, August 24
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in 15
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Game 2: Saturday, August 25
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Game 3: Sunday, August 26
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Pirates 4

(57-71, 28-35 away)

Astros 1

(57-73, 33-32 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 25, 2007

    Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas 

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    W: M. Morris (8-8)

    L: T. Patton (0-1)

    S: M. Capps (13)

    Morris wins first game since being traded to Pirates

    A CLOSER LOOK
    • Summary: Matt Morris recorded his first win in five starts with the Pirates, allowing one run and four hits in six innings to help Pittsburgh win its fourth straight.

    Matt Morris
    Morris

    • Turning point: Morris got out of a bases-loaded jam with only one run allowed by getting Lance Berkman to hit into a double play that scored Mark Loretta.

    • Unsung hero: Jose Bautista homered twice and finished with three RBIs.

    • Figure this: Morris sat down 14 of the next 15 batters, including 12 in a row, after giving up a first-inning single.

    • Quotable: "Pitching deep into the game is what I'm supposed to do. But I have to tip my hat to the bullpen. What they did yesterday and today was tremendous." -- Morris

    -- ESPN.com news services

    Pirates 4, Astros 1

    HOUSTON (AP) -- All Matt Morris had to do to fix the problems that had plagued him since coming to the Pittsburgh Pirates was remember how tall he was.

    The veteran right-hander fixed an anomaly in his delivery Saturday and Jose Bautista homered twice to help lead Pittsburgh to its fourth straight win, 4-1 over the Houston Astros.

    The 6-foot-5 Morris (8-8) had gone 0-1 in his first four starts with the Pirates since coming over in a trade from the San Francisco Giants on July 31.

    He and pitching coach Jim Colborn worked before Saturday to help him take advantage of his height.

    "Sometimes when you're tall, you forget how it affects you," Morris said. "I just made some adjustments to my delivery to try and stay taller and get more leverage on my sinker. It helped tonight."

    Morris went six innings and allowed one run and four hits. He struck out two and walked two. After allowing a single to Hunter Pence in the first inning, Morris sat down 14 of the next 15 batters, including 12 in a row.

    "It was a great starting performance by Matt Morris," manager Jim Tracy said. "And the job our bullpen did piecing it together to get to Matt Capps was a real key."

    John Grabow and Franquelis Osoria combined to pitch two scoreless innings of relief and Matt Capps pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances one night after all three pitched in a marathon 15-inning series opener. Pittsburgh got eight shutout innings of relief Friday and three more Saturday.

    "Pitching deep into the game is what I'm supposed to do," Morris said. "But I have to tip my hat to the bullpen. What they did yesterday and today was tremendous."

    Capps gave up singles to the first two hitters, then struck out Ty Wigginton and got Luke Scott to hit into a double play to end the game.

    "I was just going on adrenaline," said Capps, who threw a rare two innings Friday. "There wasn't a whole lot in the tank."

    Troy Patton (0-1) was making his first major league start after being called up from Triple-A Round Rock late Friday night. In 5 2/3 innings, he gave up three runs and six hits as the Astros lost their third straight and sixth in their last seven.

    "I thought Troy was fine," manager Phil Garner said. "He showed some good composure out there and his best pitch tonight, I thought, was his fastball. His change-up was good tonight, except the one he left up to Bautista on that two-run homer, but that is not something I expect him to do regularly."

    Patton pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings before Bautista's first home run.

    "I'm sure he was [nervous]," Garner said. "I sure hope he was. But after the game started and got going, he really appeared to be fine."

    Patton, from nearby Tomball, bought 35 tickets for friends and relatives to attend the game.

    "I felt pretty good," Patton said. "I felt like I did all right. I felt like I made one big mistake on the solo home run and on the two-run homer, I think he just saw it out of my hand pretty good. All in all, I think I competed well and pitched all right."

    Bautista's first homer came after Adam LaRoche had reached on a fielder's choice. The shot to left field gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning.

    Josh Phelps added a pinch-hit solo homer in the ninth for the Pirates. Phelps has nine hits in his last 10 at-bats.

    Game notes


    Pirates SS Jack Wilson had to leave the game because of a right shin bruise. He was injured when Ty Wigginton slid hard into him as he was attempting a throw in the seventh inning. He was replaced by Cesar Izturis. "It's a pretty good contusion and he has a scrape," Tracy said. "He got hit pretty hard. We're going to be open-minded concerning tomorrow and see how he feels."... It was Bautista's first career multihomer game. ... Nate McLouth has stolen 12 bases this season, stretching his string of steals without getting caught to 19 dating back to last season. ... Biggio's hit in the sixth inning was the 3,040th of his career, moving him to within 13 of Rod Carew in 21st place on the hits list.

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