HOUSTON – Maybe the Pittsburgh Pirates don’t need to trade for bat after all. Starling Marte homered on the very first pitch he saw in the major leagues and later added another hit in his debut to help the Pirates to defeat the Astros 5-3.
A.J Burnett turned in another solid performance allowing two runs in 7+ innings of work. Burnett struck out five and allowed four hits, on 103 pitches.
Other National League Scores
Washington 8 – Milwaukee 2 – Edwin Jackson scattered eight hits over seven shutout innings, struck out four and walked one. Jackson is now 6-6 with a 3.52 ERA and 90/35 K/BB ratio over 120 1/3 innings.