Correia, freshly moved to the bullpen, is the first Pirates pitcher to both lose and win five straight decisions in a season since Vernon Law, in 1965. However, that season by Law deserves special mention as one of the oddest on record: In turn, The Deacon lost five straight, won eight straight, lost another four in a row -- then won his last nine decisions.
Thursday's game began the Pirates' longest road trip of the season -- four in Houston, followed by three each in Chicago and Cincinnati. The Bucs embarked on it with an away record of 22-26. However, it is worth recalling that they dropped their first five road games of the season, making them 22-21 since.
Oddly, the Pirates and Astros have met in three series in Pittsburgh since their previous Minute Maid Park encounter, last Aug. 29-31. The Bucs won eight of those 10 encounters at PNC Park, including the last six in a row.