MLB: Pittsburgh 6, Houston 5

July 27, 2012 at 11:54 PM

HOUSTON, July 27 (UPI) -- Drew Sutton scored the go-ahead run on a ninth-inning wild pitch Friday and the Pittsburgh Pirates handed Houston its 11th straight loss 6-5.

The Astros seemed set to break their long skid when they took a 5-4 lead into the ninth but they couldn't hold the advantage.

Rhiner Cruz (1-1) allowed a one-out single to Michael McKenry and then issued consecutive walks to pinch-hitters Sutton and Casey McGehee to load the bases. Xavier Cedeno came in to pitch and surrendered a game-tying sacrifice fly to Starling Marte, which sent Sutton to third.

Then, with Rod Barajas at the plate, Cedeno uncorked a wild pitch, and the Astros remained winless since July 16.

McKenry finished 3-for-4 with a solo homer and Tony Watson (5-1) picked up the win for the second-place Pirates, who remained two games behind the National League Central-leading Cincinnati Reds.

Chris Johnson collected three hits, including a solo homer, while Ben Francisco went deep and added an RBI single for Houston.

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