Astros lose 11th straight, 6-5 to Pirates

Third time in last four Astros lose lead in ninth

Drew Sutton scored on a wild pitch in the ninth inning to propel the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-5 win over the hapless Houston Astros on Friday night.

The loss was Houston’s 11th straight, tying the franchise record for most consecutive losses in a season. The Astros, who have baseball’s worst record, (34-67)  last lost 11 straight in 1995.

The Astros led 5-4 entering the ninth inning before rookie Starling Marte’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly tied it up. A pitch from Xavier Cedeno got away from catcher Chris Snyder and allowed Sutton to score and extend Houston’s misery.

It was the third time in the last four games that Houston has lost after entering the ninth inning with a lead.

   Tony Watson (5-1) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win and Joel Hanrahan did the same in the ninth for his 31st save.