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Pirates snap 5-game skid with 8-1 win over Astros

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HOUSTON (AP) - A.J. Burnett allowed one run in eight innings for his 16th win, and Josh Harrison tied a career high with four hits to jumpstart Pittsburgh's offense in an 8-1 win over Houston on Sunday to avoid a sweep.

The win snapped a 5-game skid for the Pirates, who at 75-77 are in danger of posting their 20th straight losing season, which would extend their major North American professional sports record.

They have won just three times in the past 16 games to make their chances of securing the second NL wild-card slim.

Burnett (16-8), who allowed four hits and struck out a season-high 11, won for the first time since Aug. 16 to become the first Pittsburgh pitcher to win more than 15 games since 1991. He had started six games with four losses between victories.

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