BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Felipe Paulino made progress toward locking up the fifth spot in the Houston Astros' starting rotation, pitching five strong innings Tuesday in an 11-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Paulino gave up one run and seven hits. He struck out six and walked just one.
Paulino and veteran Brain Moehler are vying for the last rotation spot. Astros management would seem to prefer that Paulino, who is younger and has a livelier arm, wins the battle, but his control issues this spring have made them think twice. He came into the game with a 6.00 ERA in three outings, with six walks in six innings.
In his worst outing of the spring, Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf labored through 3 2-3 innings. He allowed seven runs and nine hits.