Ty Wigginton hit a go-ahead two-run home run in
the eighth inning as Houston edged Pittsburgh 5-4. The Astros
trailed in the game 4-1 before scoring twice in the sixth inning.
The homer was Wigginton's third since joining the Astros in a trade
with Tampa Bay on July 28th.
The win was picked up by reliever Mark McLemore while Brad Lidge
earned his 13th save in 19 tries. For McLemore the win gives him a
record of 3-and-0.
The Harrisburg Senators used a five-run second inning to build an early lead and went on to a 6-3 win over the Curve in Sunday's series finale at Blair County Ballpark. The two clubs split their final four meetings of the season in the series.
With only 11 games remaining in the regular season, Altoona (67-64) remains 6 1/2 games behind E.L. South wild-card leader Akron, which lost its game Sunday afternoon at Reading.
The Curve grabbed a first-inning lead against Harrisburg starter Justin Jones, when Russ Johnson knocked in Jason Bowers with a sacrifice fly to right. However, the Senators quickly took the lead with a five spot against Altoona starter Dewon Brazelton. Brazelton (4-5) worked six innings in the game, allowing the five second-inning runs on a final total of eight hits. The right-hander dropped his second consecutive decision.
Meanwhile, the left-hander Jones, who was making only his second Double-A start of the season after spending most the year at Class-A Potomac, cruised to the win after allowing three runs over six innings. Jones (1-0) struck out six and did not walk a batter.
The Curve got as close as 5-3 after scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth on RBI singles by Johnson and Jason
Delaney, but the Senators picked up an insurance tally in the top of the eighth against reliever Jose Paniagua to close the scoring.
Brett Campbell worked a perfect bottom of the ninth to notch his ninth save of the season.
The Curve will play their final four regular season home games this week against the Reading Phillies. The first pitch for Monday's series opener is set for 7:05 p.m. Altoona will send righty Luis Munoz (10-5, 4.04) to the mound against Reading right-hander Chris Rojas (6-3, 4.80).