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Houston Astros Blow Game in the Bottom of the Ninth to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Lose 5-4

The Houston Astros traveled to PNC Park Friday to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates.  They were looking to get a win streak going against their former National League Central foe.

The Astros offense started off well and was able to move across one run in the first inning, and three in the fifth through a Matt Dominguez home run (pictured, below).  However, the wheels would fall off for the Astros late in the game.

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Going into the eighth inning Houston had a 4-2 lead.  This would all change as the bullpen once again could not come through as they would give up three runs in the last two innings.  The winning run would come off of a error by right fielder Jimmy Paredes with the bases loaded. Parades collided with second baseman Jake Elmore during a fly ball and instead of either player catching the ball, it fell harmlessly to ground. The Pirates won the game 5-4.

The loss drops the Astros to 11-31 which ties them with the Miami Marlins for the worst record in baseball.  Houston will try and get their season back on track with the second game of the series tomorrow.  First pitch is set for 6:05 pm from PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

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