"I just made a bad pitch to Blum, and he hit it," Williams said. "You have to make adjustments."
Williams pitched for the fourth straight game, and has given up runs in three of those appearances.
The Pirates trailed early, as Suppan surrendered a two-run double to
in the first inning. But Pittsburgh responded with a three-run rally in the bottom of the frame, highlighted by a two-run double by
In the fourth, Suppan made it 4-2 when he plated
with a double to left field off Astros starter
"Suppan's hit, I thought, was the big one," Astros manager
said. "That gave them their fourth run. We just couldn't catch up."
Suppan is 9-for-30 (.300) this season, and has two RBI after entering the season with just two in his career. The double was his first career extra-base hit.
Saarloos, who pitched a six-hitter against the Pirates last season, lasted only 3 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and six hits. The righthander struck out three and did not issue a walk.
"I knew I was going to go only as far as I could, not a set number of pitches," Saarloos said. "There was no surprise when we fell behind that he came to take me out."
Pittsburgh has won three straight games and six of its last nine.
"I still think we are going to compte," Pirates manager
said. "It's going to be interesting before it's over."