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July 29 2007

On their sixth try, the Phillies finally broke through with a win that put them five games above .500 for the first time this season.  They did it by beating the Pirates 10-5 yesterday, using an eight-run fifth inning to help overcome a weak start by JD Durbin. 

The Phils beat the Pirates 10-5 on Saturday to improve to 54-49 on the season.

Durbin got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks.  Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a three-run homer.  He struck out four. 

In the first he walked the leadoff man Nate McLouth.  Freddy Sanchez was next and hit a ground ball to second.  McLouth was forced at second for the first out with Sanchez safe at first.  Adam LaRoche struck out on the pitch the Sanchez was caught trying to steal second.

Durbin threw a 1-2-3 second.

In the third, Durbin walked the pitcher Shane Youman with two outs.  McLouth followed with a single and Sanchez homered down the line in left, putting the Pirates up 3-2.  LaRoche singled and Jason Bay walked.  Xavier Nady followed with a single into center that scored LaRoche and made the score 4-2.  Ryan Doumit struck out for the third out.

Jose Castillo led off the fourth with a single.  Jack Wilson lined to right for the first out before Youman bunted Castillo to second.  With McLouth at the plate a wild pitch moved Castillo to third before McLouth walked, but Sanchez flew to left to end the frame.

Bay singled and stole second with one out in the fifth.  Nady followed with a double into center, scoring Bay to extend the Pirates' lead to 5-2.  Durbin got the next two to leave Nady stranded.

Jose Mesa pitched a 1-2-3 sixth, getting the third out on a great diving play by Bourn in center to rob McLouth of a hit.

Gordon pitched the seventh and gave up a two-out single to Bay, but struck out Nady to end the inning.

Madson pitched the eighth and gave up a two-out single to Wilson, but got Matt Kata on a ground ball to second to end the frame.

Brett Myers pitched the ninth, making his first appearance since May 23, and threw a 1-2-3 inning.

Four scoreless innings for the pen after Durbin gets hit hard.  They allow just two hits, both two-out singles. 

The Phillies' lineup against lefty Shane Youman went (1) Bourn (2) Victorino (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Helms (7) Iguchi (8) Coste.  The righty Iguchi makes his Phillies' debut.  Rowand still out of the lineup with his shoulder problem.  Coste catches.

Victorino singled with one out in the first and Rollins followed with a blast to left-center just inches away from leaving the yard.   Victorino crushed Doumit at the plate, but Doumit had already missed the ball by the time Victorino arrived to put the Phils up 1-0.  Victorino stayed on the game but may have been banged up on the play.  Rollins had a double and went to third on the throw.  Howard was next and grounded back to the pitcher.  Rollins was thrown out at home.   Howard went to second on a wild pitch but Burrell struck out to end the inning.

Iguchi walked with one out in the second and scored on a double by Coste, which also nearly left the yard in left-center.  It put the Phils up 2-0.  Durbin struck out and Bourn lined to right to end the inning.

Victorino was hit by a pitch to start the third, but Rollins followed and hit into a double-play.  Howard and Burrell both singled before Helms grounded to short to end the inning.

Iguchi singled to start the fourth but the next three Phils went down behind him.

Victorino doubled to start the fifth and went to third when Rollins followed with a bunt single.  Rollins stole second before Howard walked to load the bases.  Burrell walked, forcing in Victorino to cut the Pittsburgh lead to 5-3.  Helms followed with a ground ball to third that Castillo booted for an error.  Everybody moved up a base.  5-4.  The ball was probably hit too slow to get a double-play on, but the error was huge.  Iguchi followed with a fly ball to center deep enough to score Howard from third and tie the game at 5-5.  Coste was next and he smoked a three-run homer to left.  8-5.  Barajas hit for Durbin and struck out for the second out.  Bourn singled and stole second before Victorino walked.  Rollins ripped a two-run triple down the line in right to extend the lead to 10-5.  Howard walked but Burrell struck out to end the inning.

Helms singled to start the sixth but Iguchi followed and hit into a double-play.  Coste walked but Nunez pinch-hit for Mesa and struck out.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh.

With two outs in the eighth, Dobbs hit for Mesa and walked.  Iguchi flew to center for the third out.

Bourn was 1-for-5.

Victorino was 2-for-3 with a walk and a double.

Rollins was 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and three RBI. 

Howard was 1-for-3 with two walks.

Burrell was 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.

Helms was 1-for-4. 

Iguchi was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Coste was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a home run and four RBI.

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