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I hope you're sitting down, because I'm about to deliver some shocking news: the Pittsburgh Pirates won a game. I know, I don't believe it either. But it's true. Pirates 2, Astros 1. Soak it in - days like these don't happen very often.

Having the misfortune of playing a game in direct competition with week one of NFL football did little to slow down the baseball-watching public in Houston, which inexplicably packed 34,405 into Minute Maid Park for an ultimately meaningless game. They were treated to a grand total of three runs scored in a pitcher's duel between the Pirates and Astros, with Paul Maholm outdueling Felipe Paulino for the win. Maholm threw eight innings of six-hit, shutout ball before turning the game over to Matt Capps in the ninth. That would turn out to be an eventful inning for the Pirates' closer, who gave up a homer to Lance Berkman and accused Miguel Tejada of stealing signs. Say what you will about the Pirates, but they're attempting to keep things interesting.

The difference in scoring would turn out to be Ryan Doumit's 8th inning home run, his ninth of the season. The Pirates had a balanced attack, as all position players had at least one hit. That's what it took to break a few awful streaks, including a five-game losing skid, 13 straight road losses, and 14 losses in their last 15 games. Aye caramba, have these guys been bad lately (and by lately, I obviously mean 17 years).

The schedule makers have the Buccos traveling next to Los Angeles, where they get to play some meaningful games against Joe Torre and the Dodgers in Mannywood. Daniel McCutchen and Jon Garland face off at 10:10 Eastern on Monday night.

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