Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Astros pitcher Andy Pettitte came off the disabled list on Thursday prior to Houston's game with Pittsburgh and tossed a one-hit gem over six innings.
Pettitte (1-1) threw just 74 pitches, with 50 going for strikes, and struck out three in earning his first win in an Astros uniform. The Houston hurler, who signed with the club as a free agent from the New York Yankees during the offseason, hadn't pitched in 23 days because of a strained left elbow.
Three Houston relievers combined to yield just one more hit in the final three innings. Octavio Dotel pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to nail down his third save of the season.
After allowing a two-out walk to Raul Mondesi in the first inning, Pettitte retired the next eight batters before giving up a single to Mondesi in the fourth.
Pettitte set down the final seven Pittsburgh hitters he faced before giving way to reliever Dan Miceli in the seventh.