Pirates hand Astros 10th loss in row with 5-3 win

Prospect Marte hits homer on first major league pitch

Prized prospect Starling Marte homered on his first major league pitch and the Pittsburgh Pirates jumped out to an early lead before holding on for a 5-3 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.

   A.J. Burnett (12-3) shut out the Astros for seven innings before Chris Johnson and Carlos Corporan connected for solo homers in the eighth to cut the lead to 5-2, bringing Brad Lincoln out of the bullpen with one out.

   Johnson hit a two-out RBI single off Joel Hanrahan in the ninth, but Hanrahan struck out Brian Bogusevic for his 30th save.

   Pirates fans couldn’t wait for Marte, who was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis, to reach the majors and he didn’t disappoint, taking rookie Dallas Keuchel’s first pitch for a leadoff home run to left-center.

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