Dario Agrazal stunned the Astros in Houston as the Pirates coasted to their most lopsided win of the season, 14-2.
Agrazal was punished for leaving a four-seamer down the middle of the Astros' first swing of the game, but that George Springer was the only time Houston touched home in his six innings of work. Agrazal (1-0) was carried by his slider and slows down. Houston went 2-8 with a double against his fasting fastball and 1-6 on the breaking balls they put in play. He got four whiffs and six swinging strikes on 28 sliders, with a pair of whiffs resulting in strikeouts.
After scoring twice in the second, was once again wild in the third when Corey Dickerson singled home a pair. Dickerson went 4-4 Wednesday with three doubles, the most impressive coming in the sixth, play it off the bounce.
That third inning closed the book on Framber Valdez ( 3-4), who allowed a half dozen runs on eight hits.
Jung Ho Kang turned on a changeup in the sixth for a two run homer. The offense piled on in the ninth when the Astros opted to go to position player Tyler White over a reliever. Jose Osuna and Kevin Newman went deep as part of the six run inning
Richard Rodriguez struck out two in the seventh, and Chris Stratton tossed the final two innings to close it out.
The Pirates will try to take the series Saturday at 2:10 pm Joe Musgrove (5-7, 4.57) will make his first start against his former club, squaring off against Brad Peacock (6-5, 3.62).
NUMB3RS  first Dickerson's three doubles match with career high, set Aug. 26 in 2016, therefore in Houston.
2. Newman set a new career high with four hits Wednesday.
3. Agrazal got 20 pitches called a strike Wednesday. It only accomplishes the sixth this season in Pirate pitcher that, according to Baseball Savant.