MLB: Pittsburgh 8, Houston 7

July 3, 2012 at 10:43 PM

PITTSBURGH, July 3 (UPI) -- Drew Sutton pounded a game-winning solo homer in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday, boosting the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-7 triumph over Houston.

The Astros were down to their last strike in the top of the ninth against Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan (4-0), when Jason Castro lined a pinch-hit double down the right-field line, scoring Jed Lowrie with the tying run.

Houston's Wesley Wright (0-2) retired Gorkys Hernandez to start the next half inning, but Sutton then connected on a long homer to center field, handing the Pirates their sixth win in seven games.

Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-4 with a two-run clout while Garrett Jones also supplied a two-run shot for the second-place Pirates, who came into the contest trailing National League Central-leading Cincinnati by one game.

The win put Pittsburgh eight games over .500 (44-36) for the first time since 1992.

Lowrie and Jordan Schafer each provided two hits and a pair of RBI for Houston, which dropped its sixth straight.

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