On-Deck Series: The Phils hang on to win a back and forth battle with the Pirates as they win, 4-3.

The Phils win a back and forth fight with their cross-state rivals the Pirates to win the first game in their two games on-deck series, 4-3.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Juan Pierre, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Placido Polanco’s fly out. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Ty Wigginton hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Shane Victorino, who had started the inning off with a triple, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Pierre, who had earlier reached base as he was hit by a pitch, then stole second base. The Pirates got a run back in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Neil Walker hits an RBI single, knocking in Jose Tabata, who had earlier singled, then stole second base as Andrew McCutchen struck out, swinging, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, before moving up to second base on Hunter Pence’s throwing error. The Pirates then cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 as Garrett Jones hits an RBI double, scoring Walker. The Pirates then tied the game up at three-all in the sixth as, with two men out, McCutchen hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the spring. The Phils regained the lead in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI triple, knocking in Wigginton, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Brian Schneider’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Kyle Kendrick pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting  Jones to flied out to right for the final out.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he pitched four and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on three hits, as he struck out two. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Pat Misch (1-0, 2.57) received his first blown save of the spring before collecting the win as he pitched three innings, giving up a run on three hits. Kyle Kendrick collected his first save of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Tony Watson received a no-decision as he went an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Evan Meek pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Juan Cruz went an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a hit batter. Joel Hanrahan, Jason Grilli and Chris Resop combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Grilli (1), Resop (1))  between them, while striking out three (one batter each). Ryan Beckman (0-1, 3.38) took the lost as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two.

The Phils had two hits in the game, with Freddy Galvis leading the team with two hits (Single, Triple, RBI). Juan Pierre (Double), Placido Polanco (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Double, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Triple) and Ty Wigginton (Single, RBI) had the other five Phils’ hits. Pierre also had the only Phils stolen base in the game.

The Phils (13-16) will play the second and final game of their on-deck series with the Pirates (9-19) this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The game is to start at 1:05 pn EDT.

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