I think the Pirates have stumbled upon a new, foolproof plan for victory. The plan is simple; hit three home runs a night. The Pirates have tried that each of the last two games, and they've won both times. I don't know why no one's thought of this before, but it seems like a solid plan to me. Of course, that's always aided by a starter that only allows six base runners in eight innings. Paul Maholm has made some good starts against the Astros in the last two years and he made another good one against them last night. If you're keeping track, the formula is (home runs) + (good start) = win. Seems easy, right?