By Jason Shetler
The Houston Astros visited Bradenton today and defeated the Pirates in an 11-8 slugfest.
Juan Nicasio started the game going two shutout innings while striking out a couple.
Kyle Lobstein, John Holdzkom and Wilfredo Boscan all pitched a scoreless inning.
Arquimedes Caminero and Jared Hughes each allowed three runs.
Michael Morse was 2-for-3 and drove in a run.
Max Moroff and Juan Diaz both went 2-for-2.
John Jaso went 1-for-2 with an RBI and drew a walk.
Pedro Florimon had a two-run triple.
The Pirates will square off with the Philadelphia Phillies in Bradenton tomorrow at 1:05 ET.