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James McDonald vs Jordan Lyles Battle Sees Houston Fall 5-4

Houston dropped a 5-4 decision at Minute Maid Park on Thursday as Pittsburgh legged out a win behind winning pitcher James McDonald.

The Pirates were a +100 underdog in the win. The combined score went OVER the total, which closed at 8.5.

Pittsburgh got 5 2/3 innings from James McDonald, who gave up 3 earned runs on 7 hits, while striking out 4. He earned the victory, while the Pirates got 3 RBIs from Garrett Jones in the win.

Houston's starting pitcher Jordan Lyles worked 5 2/3 innings, giving up 4 hits and 3 earned runs while striking out 8 in the loss. They got 3 hits from Hunter Pence in a losing cause.

Houston enjoyed an edge at the plate with a 9-7 advantage in hits.

The game was closed out by Jose Veras who got the final outs in the victory. He allowed 2 hits, 0 walks and fanned 0 batters to earn the save.

Pittsburgh looks to continue its winning ways next game with a battle against Cleveland. Houston will aim to get back on the winning track at Los Angeles.