Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Houston Astros 1
Regular Season Game 96
Doubleheader Nightcap
Played on Wednesday, July 21, 1976 (N) at Three Rivers Stadium

HOU N    0  0  0    0  0  0    0  0  1  -   1  2  0
PIT N    1  0  1    1  0  0    0  1  x  -   4  9  1
Houston Astros               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Howard cf                     4   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Gross rf                      4   1   0   0       0   0       3   1
Cruz lf                       3   0   1   0       1   1       2   0
Watson 1b                     4   0   1   1       0   0       8   1
Herrmann c                    3   0   0   0       0   0       7   0
  Cedeno ph                   0   0   0   0       1   0       0   0
  Andrews pr                  0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Boswell 3b                    4   0   0   0       0   1       1   2
DaVanon 2b                    1   0   0   0       2   1       3   2
Metzger ss                    3   0   0   0       0   0       0   2
Andujar p                     1   0   0   0       0   1       0   0
  Niekro p                    1   0   0   0       0   0       0   1
  Cabell ph                   1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Totals                       29   1   2   1       4   4      24   9

BATTING - 
GDP: Metzger (7,off Demery).
Team LOB: 5.

Pittsburgh Pirates           AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Taveras ss                    3   1   1   0       1   1       2   3
Stennett 2b                   4   1   1   0       0   1       2   5
Oliver cf                     4   0   2   1       0   0       1   0
Robinson rf                   4   0   1   1       0   1       1   0
Zisk lf                       3   1   1   1       1   0       3   0
Kirkpatrick 1b                4   0   0   0       0   0      13   1
Hebner 3b                     3   1   1   0       1   0       0   1
Dyer c                        4   0   2   0       0   1       4   0
Demery p                      2   0   0   0       0   2       1   2
  Giusti p                    0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Totals                       31   4   9   3       3   6      27  12

FIELDING - 
DP: 1. Stennett-Kirkpatrick.
E: Demery (1).

BATTING - 
2B: Dyer (4,off Niekro).
HR: Zisk (12,8th inning off Niekro 0 on 1 out).
SH: Demery (2,off Niekro).
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING - 
SB: Taveras (32,2nd base off Andujar/Herrmann).

PITCHING
Houston Astros               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Andujar L(6-6)                3     4   2   2   2   1   0  15
Niekro                        5     5   2   2   1   5   1  20
Totals                        8     9   4   4   3   6   1  35

WP: Niekro (7).

Pittsburgh Pirates           IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Demery W(6-3)                 8.2   2   1   0   3   3   0  31
Giusti SV(4)                  0.1   0   0   0   1   1   0   2
Totals                        9     2   1   0   4   4   0  33


Umpires: HP - Ed Sudol, 1B - Bob Engel, 2B - Bruce Froemming, 3B - Jerry Dale
Time of Game: 2:38   Attendance: 12209


Starting Lineups:

   Houston Astros                Pittsburgh Pirates       
1. Howard              cf        Taveras             ss
2. Gross               rf        Stennett            2b
3. Cruz                lf        Oliver              cf
4. Watson              1b        Robinson            rf
5. Herrmann            c         Zisk                lf
6. Boswell             3b        Kirkpatrick         1b
7. DaVanon             2b        Hebner              3b
8. Metzger             ss        Dyer                c
9. Andujar             p         Demery              p

ASTROS 1ST: Howard grounded out (first unassisted); Gross
grounded out (pitcher to first); Cruz made an out to shortstop;
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 0, Pirates 0.

PIRATES 1ST: Taveras walked; Taveras stole second; Stennett
grounded out (shortstop to first); Oliver singled to left
[Taveras scored]; Robinson grounded out (third to first) [Oliver
to third]; Zisk walked; Kirkpatrick grounded out (shortstop to
first); 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Astros 0, Pirates 1.

ASTROS 2ND: Watson grounded out (shortstop to first); Herrmann
flied out to left; Boswell grounded out (shortstop to first); 0
R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 0, Pirates 1.

PIRATES 2ND: Hebner grounded out (first unassisted); Dyer flied
out to left; Demery struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 0,
Pirates 1.

ASTROS 3RD: DaVanon struck out; Metzger flied out to right;
Andujar struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 0, Pirates 1.

PIRATES 3RD: Taveras grounded out (third to first); Stennett
singled to right; Oliver singled to right [Stennett to third];
Robinson singled to left [Stennett scored, Oliver to second];
Zisk flied out to left; Kirkpatrick lined to right; 1 R, 3 H, 0
E, 2 LOB.  Astros 0, Pirates 2.

ASTROS 4TH: Howard flied out to left; Gross flied out to left;
Cruz struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 0, Pirates 2.

PIRATES 4TH: NIEKRO REPLACED ANDUJAR (PITCHING); Hebner walked;
Dyer singled to center [Hebner to second]; Demery out on a
sacrifice bunt (first to second) [Hebner to third, Dyer to
second]; Niekro threw a wild pitch [Hebner scored, Dyer to
third]; Taveras struck out; Stennett grounded out (second to
first); 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 0, Pirates 3.

ASTROS 5TH: Watson flied out to center; Herrmann grounded out
(second to first); Boswell lined to shortstop; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Astros 0, Pirates 3.

PIRATES 5TH: Oliver grounded out (pitcher to first); Robinson
struck out; Zisk made an out to second; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. 
Astros 0, Pirates 3.

ASTROS 6TH: DaVanon walked; Metzger grounded into a double play
(second to first) [DaVanon out at second]; Niekro grounded out
(pitcher to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 0, Pirates 3.

PIRATES 6TH: Kirkpatrick popped to first in foul territory;
Hebner flied out to right; Dyer doubled to right [Dyer out at
third (right to second to third)]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros
0, Pirates 3.

ASTROS 7TH: Howard grounded out (second to first); Gross
grounded out (first unassisted); Cruz singled to left; Watson
grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 0,
Pirates 3.

PIRATES 7TH: Demery was called out on strikes; Taveras singled
to center; Stennett struck out; Oliver flied out to right; 0 R,
1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 0, Pirates 3.

ASTROS 8TH: Herrmann grounded out (first to second to pitcher);
Boswell grounded out (first unassisted); DaVanon walked; Metzger
lined to second; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 0, Pirates 3.

PIRATES 8TH: Robinson made an out to second; Zisk homered;
Kirkpatrick popped to catcher in foul territory; Hebner singled
to third; Dyer was called out on strikes; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. 
Astros 0, Pirates 4.

ASTROS 9TH: CABELL BATTED FOR NIEKRO; Cabell grounded out
(shortstop to first); Howard grounded out (third to first);
Gross reached on an error by Demery [Gross to first]; Cruz
walked [Gross to second]; Watson singled to center [Gross scored
(unearned), Cruz to second]; GIUSTI REPLACED DEMERY (PITCHING);
CEDENO BATTED FOR HERRMANN; Cedeno walked [Cruz to third, Watson
to second]; ANDREWS RAN FOR CEDENO; Boswell struck out; 1 R (0
ER), 1 H, 1 E, 3 LOB.  Astros 1, Pirates 4.

Final Totals      R   H   E  LOB
 Astros           1   2   0    5
 Pirates          4   9   1    7


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