MLB: Pittsburgh 3, Houston 1

Sept. 5, 2011 at 8:13 PM

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- James McDonald held the Astros to one run over seven-plus innings Monday and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Houston 3-1.

McDonald (9-7) allowed one run on three hits and three walks while fanning six, in leading the Pirates to their third win in four games.

Derrek Lee clubbed an opposite-field solo home run over the right-field wall late in the game to provide a cushion for Pittsburgh, which took the opener of a three-game series.

Bucs closer Joel Hanrahan ran into trouble in the ninth but closed out the game to earn his 35th save.

Houston's Henry Sosa (2-3) pitched six innings, surrendering two runs on six hits to absorb the loss.

The Astros suffered their fourth straight setback despite a run-scoring triple from Jose Altuve.

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