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Pirates sink Phillies with big sixth inning; Phillies lose three of four in Pittsburgh

garrett jones Pirates sink Phillies with big sixth inning; Phillies lose three of four in Pittsburgh

Garrett Jones knocked in three runs in the Pirates' series clinching win

Trailing 5-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh and having been silenced by Joe Blanton the previous five innings, the Pirates posted a six-spot off of Blanton, Jose Contreras and Mike Zagurski to flip a three-run deficit into a three-run victory Sunday afternoon, 8-5 the final at PNC Park.  Pedro Alvarez led off the inning with a solo homer to right center.  Two hits later, Blanton was gone, and Contrares (L, 3-3) promptly gave up a game-tying single to pinch-hitter Delwyn Young.  Jose Tabata gave the Pirates the lead with an rbi single, before Garrett Jones made it a three-run cushion with a two-run single off of Zagurski, the Phillies’ third pitcher of the inning.  The Phils went quietly in their final two at-bats, sending them to their sixth loss on the ten game road trip.  Jones finished the day with three rbi’s for Pittsburgh, who took the season series four games to two.  Dane Zardinha hit his third homer of the season for the Phils, a solo shot in the seventh off of Pirates starter Jeff Karstens, who allowed five runs in six plus innings.  The Phillies return home tomorrow night to begin a seven-game homestand, beginning with a three-game set against the Braves.

  • jaybro

    WHEN, OH WHEN are the Phils going to dump Charlie Manuel? He can’t motivate. They are sinking fast and the owners just stand by and watch them go down.

  • Steve

    If the Atlanta Braves play 1 game over .500 for the rest of the season they will end up 89 -73 – 16 games over 500.
    The Phillies to match that same record would have to go 89-73 – 16 games over 500 and end up with an identical record as Atlanta they would have to go 47 -35 or pay at .573 average.
    If Atlanta would win just 6 games more than the 500 mark for the rest of the season they would end up with a 94 – 78 record.
    The Phillies would have go 52 and 30 over the same period to end up with the same record – 94-78. Or .634 clip – there is no team American or National playing at that pace over the first half of this season.

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