Pirates storm back to defeat Phillies
PHILADELPHIA — The Pirates may be down at times during games, but manager Clint Hurdle said that they never consider themselves down and out.
That attitude doesn't always translate into wins, but it did Wednesday night against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
The Pirates scored two runs in the eighth and added another in the ninth for a come-from-behind, 5-3 victory — their ninth win in 12 games. They are 2-8 this season when trailing after seven innings.
“We think we're behind. Truly, that's just the way we think,” Hurdle said. “What do we need to do to get back in the game? We needed to stop them after they got three (runs) and create some offense ... and we were able to do that.”
Travis Snider's run-scoring single off reliever Mike Adams (1-2) drove in Jose Tabata and tied the score, 3-3. Brandon Inge, who came off the disabled list and joined the Pirates on Tuesday, hit a pinch-hit, RBI single that scored the game-winner.
Pedro Alvarez's seventh-inning solo homer — his fourth in his past five starts — off left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo cut the Phillies' lead to one. It was Alvarez's 10th career home run off a lefty and his first since Sept. 16, 2012. He also drove in the Pirates' only run off starter Roy Halladay with an RBI single in the fourth, ending Halladay's scoreless streak against the Pirates at 242⁄3 innings.
“It's what we try to do every game is play to the end, no matter what the score is and fight,” Alvarez said. “Just to stay in the game and keep battling. It's a huge win.”
Halladay gave up just one run and one hit in six innings.
Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez allowed three runs and nine hits, walked two and struck out five in 52⁄3 innings. Vin Mazzaro (1-0), Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli combined for 31⁄3 scoreless innings. Grilli earned his ninth save.
The Phillies homered twice off Rodriguez. Chase Utley hit his fourth of the season in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. Ryan Howard drilled his second of the year to make it 2-1 in the fourth.
The Pirates escaped what could have been a big fifth inning for the Phillies, who had runners on first and third, no outs and Michael Young — and his major league-leading 14-game hitting streak — at the plate. Young grounded into a double play, with Utley forced at second and Jimmy Rollins thrown out at home. Howard lined out to Garrett Jones at first to end the inning.
Rodriguez admitted he didn't have his best stuff, but he said he tried to compete.
“Halladay is a very good pitcher, and I tried to hold the game as much as I can,” Rodriguez said. “I (made) about three mistakes. In the first, I got Utley 1-0 and said let me throw a strike and he hit a home run. The second home run, hanging breaking ball. The last inning was a breaking ball again in the middle, and he hit a base hit.”
The base hit was an RBI single by pinch hitter Kevin Frandsen, who drove in Ben Revere to make it 3-1 in the sixth. The Pirates allowed no more.
Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @KarenPrice_Trib.
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