National League Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Philadelphia|
(Wednesday, April 24th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 3
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Brandon Inge drove in the winning run in
the eighth inning to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 5-3 win over the
Philadelphia Phillies in the third of four games from Citizens Bank Park.
Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI while Starling
Marte added two hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Pirates, who have won
five of six.
Wandy Rodriguez tossed 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on nine hits with
two walks and five strikeouts. Vin Mazzaro (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 flawless
innings to get the win.
Chase Utley and Ryan Howard each hit solo home runs for the Phillies, who have
dropped their past two after winning the opener of this series.
Roy Halladay pitched well in the start, giving up just one run and one hit
with two walks and eight strikeouts over six innings. Mike Adams (1-2) was
tagged with the loss for giving up two runs in the eighth without recording a
"To me, it seemed like two different games, because we did so many things well
early in the game," said Halladay. "Then, later in the game, we didn't do the
things we did earlier."
Trailing by a run in the eighth, the Pirates went on top off Adams. Jose
Tabata led off with a walk and Marte singled. Travis Snider's base hit to
right tied the game and Andrew McCutchen walked to load the bases.
Jeremy Horst then took over on the mound and Inge greeted him with a single to
left for a 4-3 lead. That was it, though, as Neil Walker hit into a 3-2-3
double play and Alvarez grounded out to end the frame.
"He's been around a while," said Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle about Inge.
"He's very versatile and that's why we got him."
Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless eighth inning and the Pirates added a run in
the ninth as Marte blooped a hit to shallow right between three players that
went for an RBI triple.
Jason Grilli stranded a runner on second, striking out Utley to pick up his
ninth save of the season.
Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a single, but was nailed at second by
McCutchen trying to stretch it into a double. Utley, though, got the Phils on
the board when he followed with his fourth homer of the year.
Pittsburgh had just one baserunner through the first three innings, but got on
board in the fourth. With two outs, Garrett Jones walked to keep the inning
alive and Walker was hit by a pitch. Alvarez then singled to center to score
Jones and tie the game. Russell Martin struck out to end the frame.
Philly quickly got the lead back, as Howard launched a pitch over the right
field wall with one out in the home fourth for just his second home run of the
year and a 2-1 lead.
Domonic Brown made a nice diving catch on a Josh McDonald fly ball to left in
the fifth to keep it a one-run game, but the Phils blew a chance to pad their
lead in the bottom of the inning.
Rollins led off with a double and an Utley bunt saw runners on the corners.
Michael Young then hit a grounder to third and Utley was forced out at second.
Rollins broke for home when the ball was thrown to second, but was nailed at
the plate for the 5-4-2 double play. Howard lined out to first to end the
The Phils, though, did tack on a run in the sixth as Kevin Frandsen's pinch-
hit single scored Ben Revere, who had beaten out a two-out infield single and
moved to third on a Humberto Quintero single, for a 3-1 lead.
In the seventh, Alvarez hit a home run off Antonio Bastardo to cut
Pittsburgh's deficit to one run.
The Phillies left eight men on base while the Pirates stranded six ... Cliff
Lee takes the mound for Philly on Thursday, while James McDonald will start
for Pittsburgh ... The Phillies have scored three runs or less in 14 of their
04/24 23:37:28 ET