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Pirates lose, 5-1

| Friday, Sept. 19, 2008

The Pirates managed only four hits and went quietly in a 5-1 loss Friday night at PNC Park to start the final homestand of the year.

It was the Astros' first victory in six games since being displaced by the Category 3 hurricane that slammed into southwest Texas one week ago.

Since then, the Astros were no-hit, one-hit and amassed five runs in five games.

Randy Wolf (5-2) continued his dominance of the Pirates, The 32-year-old left-hander allowed one run on three hits over seven innings. Wolf, on the wrong end of Carlos Zambrano's no-hitter earlier this week, struck out seven and walked one to improve to 7-1 against the Pirates in 10 career starts.

Latroy Hawkins and Tim Byrdak, Jose Valverde finished it off for the Astros.

The Pirates' only hits were a single by Nate McLouth in the first inning, Adam LaRoche's solo home run and Steve Pearce's single to center, both in the fourth, and LaRoche's two-out single in the ninth.

Wolf used a repertoire of off-speed pitches, including a curveball that sometimes stayed in the high 60s-low 70s, to keep the Pirates off-balance.

Ian Snell (6-12) struggled with his control, walking five. He allowed one earned run in six innings on three hits.

The Pirates fell to 64-90, giving them their fourth consecutive 90-loss season. Only the 1950-55 Pirates have more 90-loss seasons in a row (six).

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