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Pirates sink Astros
Pirates 5, Astros 3
Paul Maholm earned his sixth win of the season on Thursday night. (Keith Srakocic/AP)
 Paulino ties the game
 Castillo's RBI single
The Pirates scored four runs in the decisive sixth inning en route to a win over the Astros. Freddy Sanchez, Ronny Paulino, Jose Bautista and Jose Castillo each had an RBI in the frame. Paul Maholm allowed three runs over 6 2/3 innings and picked up the win.
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Series at a glance:
TODAY'S WRAPS: August 24, 2006
HOU
Houston (60-68)
Lost 1
Pittsburgh 5, Houston 3   PIT
Pittsburgh (50-78)
Won 3
August 24, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Houston
0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0   3 7 0
Pittsburgh
0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 X   5 11 0
Standings thru 8/24/06  |  Gameday  |  Astros Stats  |  Pirates Stats
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Taveras, CF4120100.280
Burke, LF5122022.286
Berkman, 1B4000003.307
Ensberg, 3B1000300.231
Scott, RF3120112.407
Biggio, 2B4011005.257
House, C3000001.000
  a-Palmeiro, PH1000000.222
  Ausmus, C0000000.222
Everett, SS4000000.237
Rodriguez, P3000000.088
  Qualls, P0000000.000
  Lidge, P0000000.000
  b-Lane, PH1000000.207
Totals333735313 

a-Grounded out for House in the 8th. b-Flied out for Lidge in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Taveras (14, Maholm).
HR: Burke (8, 3rd inning off Maholm, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Taveras 3; Burke 5; Scott 2; Biggio.
RBI: Burke 2 (34), Biggio (45).
2-out RBI: Biggio.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Biggio 3; Scott.
GIDP: Berkman.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Taveras (25, 2nd base off Maholm/Paulino).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Biggio-Everett-Berkman 2).

 
PittsburghABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Duffy, CF4220020.217
Wilson, SS3000122.272
Sanchez, 3B4111012.346
Bay, LF4131000.298
Nady, 1B3110012.278
Paulino, C4021012.312
Bautista, RF3001012.251
Castillo, 2B3021000.269
Maholm, P2000021.128
  Capps, P0000000.000
  Marte, P0000000.000
  a-Davis, PH1000000.000
  Torres, P0000000.250
  Gonzalez, P0000000.000
Totals31511511011 

a-Grounded out for Marte in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Bay (25, Rodriguez).
TB: Duffy 2; Sanchez; Bay 4; Nady; Paulino 2; Castillo 2.
RBI: Bay (90), Sanchez (67), Paulino (41), Bautista (35), Castillo (58).
2-out RBI: Bay; Castillo.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Nady; Bautista.
SF: Bautista.
GIDP: Paulino; Bautista.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Duffy (13, 2nd base off Rodriguez/House), Bay (8, 2nd base off Lidge/Ausmus).

FIELDING
DP: (Wilson-Castillo-Nady).

 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rodriguez (L, 9-8)5.18550705.51
Qualls (BS, 6)1.22001104.33
Lidge 1.01000205.43
 
PittsburghIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Maholm (W, 6-10)6.27334114.82
Capps 0.00001003.63
Marte (H, 11)0.10000104.03
Torres (H, 20)1.00000003.89
Gonzalez (S, 24)1.00000102.17

Capps pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

WP: Rodriguez, Maholm.
Balk: Maholm.
IBB: Ensberg (by Maholm).
HBP: Nady (by Rodriguez).
Pitches-strikes: Rodriguez 88-63, Qualls 23-15, Lidge 17-13, Maholm 102-64, Capps 6-2, Marte 7-5, Torres 17-9, Gonzalez 11-10.
Ground outs-fly outs: Rodriguez 6-3, Qualls 2-1, Lidge 0-1, Maholm 13-6, Capps 0-0, Marte 0-0, Torres 2-1, Gonzalez 1-1.
Batters faced: Rodriguez 23, Qualls 7, Lidge 4, Maholm 30, Capps 1, Marte 1, Torres 3, Gonzalez 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Qualls 3-3, Capps 1-0, Marte 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Ed Hickox. 1B: Gary Darling. 2B: Bruce Dreckman. 3B: Larry Poncino.
Weather: 79 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 2 mph, R to L.
T: 2:48.
Att: 32,345.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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