Relying on late inning heroics, the Pirates won their second straight game in comeback fashion against the Houston Astros.
Pittsburgh jumped to an early lead with a monstrous home run from Xavier Nady in the second inning. But the Astros Jason Lane would tie it with a solo shot of his own in the 5th.
Pirates starter Ian Snell allowed another run in the 6th on Carlos Lee's outfield single scoring Orlando Palmeiro from second base. Snell went 6 innings, striking out 11, in his first start of the season.
In the 8th, Jack Wilson bunted his way to an infield single, and was pushed to second on a Jason Bay walk. Ronny Paulino drove Wilson home from second with a line drive to left field, and then Xavier Nady put the Bucs ahead with an outfield fly single scoring Jason Bay.
Closer Salomon Torres shut Houston down in the 9th, and the Pirates picked up their second win, 3-2. Torres got the save (2), Jonah Bayliss the win.
Pirates first-baseman Adam LaRoche has yet to pick up his first hit with the Pirates, going 0 for 3 with a strike out and a walk.
Pittsburgh will wrap up the series with the home opener in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.