Rookie Ian Snell, who entered the game 0-2 with a 6.84 ERA and no career wins, shut out Houston over eight innings, leading the Pirates to a 7-0 victory over Roger Clemens and the Astros.
With the loss, the Astros cling to a one game lead over the Phillies in the Wild Card standings.
The 23-year-old Snell allowed just three hits and stuck out five for his first career win. Before tonight, he hadn’t lasted more than five innings and was previously 0-3 with a 12.38 ERA in four career starts.
Clemens, of 340 career wins, lost to Pittsburgh for the first time in six starts. The Rocket scattered 11 hits and four earned runs over 5 2-3 innings.
The Phillies needed help, and they got it. Hopefully, it's enough to take the wind out of the Astros' sails and send a charge back into the Phils as they begin their series in Atlanta.