Pittsburgh Drops Houston 2-0 - Match Report
Pittsburgh didn’t allow Houston to get untracked at the plate, mowing them down for a 2-0 shutout win and a trip to the pay window for bettors on Thursday.
The Pirates were a -148 favorite in the win. The combined score dipped UNDER the total, which closed at 8.5.
Jeffrey Karstens earned the victory for the Pirates, throwing 8 innings of work, striking out 8, walking 1, and allowing 4 hits and 0 earned runs. That effort was supported by 1 RBI from Garrett Jones in the win.
Houston's starting pitcher Bud Norris worked 7 innings, giving up 5 hits and 2 earned runs while striking out 6 in the loss. They got 1 hit from Jose Altuve in a losing cause.
Pittsburgh outhit their counterparts 5-4 in the game.
Joel Hanrahan pitched the final 1 inning for the save. He struck out 0 and allowed 0 hits in his outing.
Next game, Pittsburgh takes its act home to face San Francisco looking for another win. For Houston, they head home to face Milwaukee.