Astros Hang On To Beat Pirates

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PITTSBURGH -- Carlos Lee's two-run homer in the first inning
helped the Houston Astros nip Pittsburgh 2-to-1. That's the
Pirates' seventh straight loss, dropping them into last place in
the N-L Central for the first time this season.
Pittsburgh loaded the bases with one out in the ninth before
Astros reliever Brad Lidge struck out Matt Kata. Freddy Sanchez
then struck out on a pitch that bounced. Catcher Brad Ausmus
scrambled to recover and tagged the plate with the ball in his bare
hand to force out Rajai Davis for the final out.
Roy Oswalt (OHZ'-walt) improved to 9-and-6. Oswalt's 107th
career win moved him past Nolan Ryan and tied him with J.R. Richard
for fourth place on Houston's career list.