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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 12, 1997: In Pittsburgh's 1st non-Opening Day sellout since 1977, a crowd of 44,119 sees Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon combine on a 10-inning no-hitter as the Pirates down the Astros, 3-0, on a 10th-inning pinch home run by Mark Smith. Cordova hurls the 1st nine innings while Rincon hurls the 10th and gets the win. The victory keeps the Pirates in a tie for 1st place with the Astros in the National League Central.
»April 6, 2000: The Pirates defeat the Astros, 10-1, as OF Brian Giles goes 5-5, including two homers and a triple. Pittsburgh P Francisco Cordova does not give up a hit to Houston until one man out in the 8th inning.