HOUSTON (AP) - J.A. Happ allowed three hits and struck out six
over seven innings and the Houston Astros beat the Pittsburgh
Pirates 2-0 on Wednesday night for a sweep of the three-game
Despite having the worst record in baseball (47-90), the Astros
have won five of their last seven overall and seven of their last
eight at home. Houston's other sweep this season was against the
Chicago Cubs May 30-June 1.
Happ (5-15) had his second strong outing since returning from
Triple-A Oklahoma City. He didn't allow a runner past first base
and walked one. It was Happ's first major league victory since July
James McDonald (8-7) had won five of his previous seven
decisions. He pitched six innings, allowed seven hits, two walks
and struck out six.