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Rodriguez pitched six innings, Rod Barajas hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth and the Pirates rallied past Houston 4-3 on Saturday night, sending the Astros to their club-record 12th straight loss.
"It was hard, but I know I tried to concentrate and put the ball wherever I wanted and that's what I did all night," Rodriguez said. "I did not think a lot about, this is my old team."
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Rodriguez allowed three runs and six hits with five walks and five strikeouts. The free-falling Astros, who have lost 25 of 27, traded the left-hander to Pittsburgh on Tuesday for three minor leaguers.
Rodriguez was 80-84 with a 4.04 ERA in eight seasons with the Astros. He holds the franchise record for strikeouts by a lefty with 1,093.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said it was a good debut for Rodriguez and he liked the pitcher's quick pace.
"All in all, I thought he navigated through traffic very well," Hurdle said. "I thought he was probably excited to get out there and pitch. I have never seen him walk five in a game all of the years I have watched him pitch. I'm sure he had some emotion or adrenaline."
"I haven't been clutch for a while," Barajas said. "I have had a lot of opportunities. I was starting to think the only way I can get a runner in from third base is a wild pitch. My last two runs that have scored when I was hitting were wild pitches. When you are struggling, you just want to figure out a way offensively to help the team out."
Chuckie Fick (0-1) gave up a run and two hits in his first appearance with the Astros since being claimed off waivers Friday.
Houston lost 11 in a row in 1995.
"We can sit here and probably try to pick things apart as best we can on all kinds of issues," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "But we've been facing some good pitchers in tough situations. I think we saw Wandy pitch like that many times for us."
Wandy Rodriguez gave up all three runs and six hits in the first four innings.
Houston called up Armando Galarraga to make his first major league start since May 16, 2011, with Arizona. He allowed three runs - two earned - and five hits with five strikeouts in five-plus innings.
Galarraga said he was tired after his wife gave birth to their first child Friday night in Austin. He drove to Houston on Saturday.
"I didn't have my best sinker tonight, but I kept the game close," Galarraga said. "I need to show I can pitch again and contribute. There are a lot of new people and new faces around here with all the changes, but we need to keep it together and pitch well."
Walker put Pittsburgh up 2-1 in the fourth with a solo home run to right field.
Pittsburgh tied it at 3 in the sixth when Garrett Jones scored on a passed ball, but squandered an opportunity for more after loading the bases with no outs. Pedro Alvarez hit a dribbler and Carlos Corporan stepped on the plate before throwing to first for a double play. After the passed ball, Barajas popped up to end the inning.
Presley gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead with a one-out homer to right off Galarraga. Jones hit a two-out triple to deep center that Maxwell initially caught but dropped after tripping on Tal's Hill, but Galarraga escaped further damage in the first by getting Walker to fly out.
Corporan tied the game at 1 with a single off Rodriguez that scored Maxwell, who led off the inning with a walk.
|The Pirates' Wandy Rodriguez returns to Houston to face his old team, throwing six innings in a no decision. (US Presswire)|
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|Starling Marte, LF||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.154|
|Alex Presley, RF||3||1||1||1||1||1||2||.236|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.369|
|Garrett Jones, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.267|
|Brad Lincoln, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Jason Grilli, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Neil Walker, 2B||3||1||1||1||0||0||3||.290|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.226|
|Rod Barajas, C||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.206|
|Clint Barmes, SS||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.208|
|Wandy Rodriguez, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Resop, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Casey McGehee, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.232|
|3B - Garrett Jones (2, Galarraga)|
|HR - Alex Presley (8, Galarraga), Neil Walker (10, Galarraga)|
|SH - Wandy Rodriguez 2 (7)|
|RBI - Alex Presley (16), Neil Walker (48), Rod Barajas (20)|
|2-OUT RBI - Rod Barajas (11)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Chris Resop (W,1-3)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.10|
|Brad Lincoln (H,5)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.73|
|Jason Grilli (S,2)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.86|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 103-57, Chris Resop 20-12, Brad Lincoln 16-13, Jason Grilli 15-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 5-8, Chris Resop 1-1, Jason Grilli 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 29, Chris Resop 3, Brad Lincoln 4, Jason Grilli 3|
|Jose Altuve, 2B||5||1||2||0||0||1||2||.296|
|Matt Downs, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.200|
|Chuckie Fick, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Fernando Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Marwin Gonzalez, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Chris Johnson, 3B||4||0||0||0||1||1||1||.279|
|J.D. Martinez, LF||3||0||0||0||1||2||3||.244|
|Justin Maxwell, CF||3||1||1||2||1||0||1||.227|
|Ben Francisco, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.250|
|Chris Snyder, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.178|
|Brian Bixler, SS||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.193|
|a- Brian Bogusevic, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.214|
|Carlos Corporan, C||4||0||2||1||0||1||1||.409|
|Jordan Schafer, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.224|
|Wilton Lopez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Armando Galarraga, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||3||.000|
|Wesley Wright, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Scott Moore, PH-1B||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.222|
|a-struck out for Bixler in the 8th|
|b-singled for Wright in the 6th|
|3B - Justin Maxwell (1, Rodriguez)|
|SH - Brian Bixler (1)|
|RBI - Justin Maxwell 2 (31), Carlos Corporan (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Justin Maxwell 2 (15)|
|SB - Jordan Schafer (25, 2nd base off Lincoln/Barajas)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - J.D. Martinez 1|
|DP - Corporan-Downs|
|PB - Carlos Corporan (2)|
|E - Matt Downs (5, Throwing)|
|Wesley Wright (BS,1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.23|
|Chuckie Fick (L,0-1)||1||2||1||1||1||0||0||6.75|
|HBP - Walker (by Wesley Wright)|
|WP - Armando Galarraga (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Armando Galarraga 81-51, Wesley Wright 10-6, Chuckie Fick 25-13, Fernando Rodriguez 13-9, Wilton Lopez 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 6-5, Wesley Wright 1-1, Chuckie Fick 2-1, Wilton Lopez 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Armando Galarraga 22, Wesley Wright 3, Chuckie Fick 6, Fernando Rodriguez 3, Wilton Lopez 3|
|Attendance - 34146|
|Game Time - 3:05|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - David Rackley, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Al Porter|