PITTSBURGH -- The Astros scored first in the first three games they've played in Pittsburgh this week, but in each one it hasn't led them to a win. Call it bad timing. Their opponent, the Pirates, have 23 comeback wins this season, the third most in baseball. "I think we just keep it in mind that, you know, there's still innings to play. You never know what can happen," Bucs skipper Clint Hurdle said before Thursday's series finale.
Only the Yankees and Marlins have more comeback wins than Pittsburgh this season, with 26 and 24, respectively. The largest deficit the Pirates have overcome is four runs -- and they have done that twice, on May 21 vs. the Mets and in the second game of this Houston series. Before jumping on Johan Santana's 4-0 lead on May 21, the Pirates had lost 160 consecutive games when trailing by at least four runs, going back to June 1, 2009. That had been the second-longest such streak in Major League history, exceeded only a century ago by the 178 consecutive losses by the 1906-1910 Washington Senators. "In the last two games, we've come back from three runs down, four runs down," Hurdle said. "I do think that adds some confidence to your offense as you continue to play games."