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Pirates 4, Astros 1

July 29, 2001

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Todd Ritchie allowed one unearned run in eight-plus innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday.

Kevin Young drove in three runs for Pittsburgh, hitting an RBI double off Wade Miller (12-6) in a two-run sixth inning and a two-run homer in the eighth off Ron Villone.

Ritchie (7-10) allowed six hits, leaving after Jeff Bagwell’s leadoff single in the ninth. Mike Williams finished for his 22nd save in 24 chances.

Ritchie won for the seventh time in nine decisions since starting the season 0-8. He is 5-0 in his last six starts at home.

Miller had limited the Pirates to two singles over the first five innings. Jack Wilson opened the sixth with an infield hit and Brian Giles walked. Young doubled to left, scoring Wilson, and Warren Morris added a sacrifice fly.

Two errors helped the Astros score in the third. Craig Biggio doubled to left and went to third when Giles mishandled the ball. Julio Lugo followed with a line drive to center that Tike Redman dropped, allowing Biggio to score.

Ritchie didn’t walk a batter and struck out six. He has a 4-1 career mark against the Astros.

Miller allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings to lose for the third time in four decisions.

Notes: The Astros dropped three of five games in the series, finishing 6-7 in a stretch of 13 games against NL Central opponents. ... Miller has lost twice to the Pirates this season. ... Young batted in the cleanup spot for just the fifth time this season. ... Jason Kendall got the day off after catching both games of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader. ... The Pirates have won three of four after losing three in a row.

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