|Team||W-L||R||R/G||NL Rank R||OPS (NL)||SB||CS|
|Team||W-L||RA||RA/G||NL Rank RA||Starter ERA||Pen ERA|
|PIT||9-13||139||6.32||16||5.98 (16)||5.25 (15)|
|PHI||12-11||100||4.35||8||4.22 (10)||2.60 (1)|
Led by five-hitter Chris Coste, the Phils found themselves ahead 6-0 in the fourth inning last night. They got out with a win, but not the easy win you might have hoped for. For his second straight start, Adam Eaton appeared to be cruising but then ran into an inning where he was just lit up. Last night it was the fourth he couldn’t get out of and it meant the Phils had to call on their pen to throw 5 1/3 innings to escape with a 6-5 win.
The Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates last night, winning 6-5 to improve to 13-11 on the year. They are two games over .500 for the first time this season.
Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went 3 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a home run. He struck out three.
Eaton started the first with a 2-0 lead and set the Pirates down 1-2-3.
Ryan Doumit walked to start the second. Eaton struck out Xavier Nady for the first out and Adam LaRoche hit into a double-play to end the inning. Nice play by Utley at first to start the double-play.
The Phils led 4-0 in the third. Brian Bixler singled with one out, but Eaton got the next two to end the inning.
Eaton started the fourth with a 6-0 lead. Jason Bay homered with one out to make it 6-1 and Doumit and Nady followed with back-to-back doubles. 6-2. Nady moved to third on a ground out by LaRoche before Doug Mientkiewicz doubled into right, scoring Nady to make it 6-3. Eaton walked Brian Bixler on four pitches and Durbin came in to pitch to pitcher Zach Duke. Duke lined to third for the third out.
Durbin got the first two in the fifth before Bay walked and Doumit followed with a double that moved him to third. Nady was next and he singled into left, scoring both runners to cut the Phillies’ lead to 6-5. Durbin struck out LaRoche to end the inning.
Durbin came back to throw a 1-2-3 sixth.
Gordon started the seventh after throwing an inning the day before. He walked the leadoff man Nate McLouth to start the inning, but got the next three. Real surprised to see Gordon to go on back-to-back days with Madson, Seanez and Condrey pitching so little for the Phils.
Romero pitched the eighth and got the first two before walking Jose Bautista, who pinch-hit for Mientkiewicz. Bixler was next and he reached on an infield single slowly hit to third. It put the trying run on second for pinch-hitter Ronny Paulino, but Paulino grounded to third to end the inning.
Lidge struck out McLouth and Bay in a 1-2-3 ninth.
Durbin threw 33 pitches, Gordon 22 and Romero 21 as the Phils have to call on their pen to throw 5 2/3 innings. Lidge threw 11 pitches to get his fifth save and keep his ERA at 0.00.
The Phillies’ lineup against left Zach Duke went (1) Taguchi (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Burrell (5) Coste (6) Feliz (7) Bruntlett (8) Harman. Howard on the bench. Utley at first. Coste catches and hits fifth. Brad Harman makes his first career start and plays second. We knew Howard was going to be on the bench, but I was a little surprised it wasn’t Coste at first and Ruiz behind the plate instead of Utley at first, Harman at second and Coste catching.
Werth and Utley walked back-to-back with one out in the first. Burrell struck out for the second out, but Coste followed with a double that scored both runners and put the Phils up 2-0. Feliz grounded to short for the third out.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the second.
Werth homered to center with one out in the third. 3-0. Burrell doubled with two down and Coste followed with a single off the glove of the shortstop Bixler. Burrell scored to make it 4-0. Feliz grounded to short for the third out.
Bruntlett started the fourth with a single and Harman followed and smashed a double to left-center. Bruntlett scored and it was 5-0. Eaton tried to bunt Harman to third, but was called out on on batter interference for the first out of the inning. Taguchi flew to left for the second out before Werth drove Harman in with a single to left. 6-0. Utley grounded to short for the third out.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fifth.
Durbin and Taguchi singled back-to-back with two outs in the sixth, but Werth struck out looking to leave them stranded at first and third.
With one out in the seventh, Burrell walked and Coste followed with a single that moved him to second. Bohn ran for Burrell at second and Feliz hit a ground ball to third. Coste was forced at second for the second out, leaving men on first and third with two outs for Bruntlett. Bruntlett grounded to second to end the frame.
With righty Tyler Yates on the mound for the Pirates, Dobbs hit for Harman to start the eighth and drew a walk. The next three Phils went down behind him, including Ryan Howard, who struck out yet again pinch-hitting against Damaso Marte.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the ninth.
Taguchi was 1-for-5.
Werth was 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run and two RBI.
Utley was 0-for-4 with a walk.
Burrell was 1-for-3 with a walk.
Coste was 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI.
Feliz was 0-for-4 and left four men on base.
Bruntlett was 1-for-4.
Harman 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Kyle Kendrick (1-2, 5.59) faces righty Matt Morris (0-3, 9.15) tonight. Morris has been terrible this season. Opponents are hitting .380 against him and he’s allowed five home runs in 20 2/3 innings. He wasn’t great last year, throwing to a 4.89 ERA with a 1.52 ratio in his 32 combined starts with the Giants and the Pirates. He did have success in two starts against the Phils, though, going 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings. He faced the Phils on May 4 and June 1. On June 1 he held them to one hit, a single by Victorino, over six shutout innings. Kendrick has struggled in three of his four starts this season. Lefties are hitting .371 against him, righties .239. He faced the Pirates once last season, on July 29, and was really good. He held them to a run on six hits over seven innings.