Jonathan Sanchez helps Pirates beat Astros
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP)
Sanchez, the left-hander trying to earn a spot in the Pirates' rotation, gave up a leadoff single to Jose Altuve in the first inning, then retired nine in a row.
Houston starter Brad Peacock gave up one run on four hits in five innings. Pedro Alvarez, Jones and DeJesus singled off Peacock in the second inning to produce the Pirates' first run.
Three straight hits off Chia-Jen Lo, including an RBI double by Travis Snider, led to two more Pittsburgh runs in the seventh.