The Phils are unable to overcome a five-run first as they drop one to the Pirates, 5-4.
The Pirates took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Garrett Jones hits an RBI single, knocking in Drew Sutton, who had started the game off with a single, moved up to second base on Neil Walker’s walk, then went to third on Andrew McCuthen’s fly out to right, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead, while sending Walker, who had earlier walked, up to second base. The Pirates then took a 4-0 lead as Casey McGehee hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in both Walker and Sutton. The Pirates then made it a 5-o lead as Pedro Alvarez followed with a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the season. Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick would then settle down, and keep the Pirates off the scoreboard for the next six and two-thirds innings, while the Phils tried to chip away at the Pirates’ lead. The Phils made it a 5-2 Pirates’ lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Erik Kratz hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had earlier singled. The Phils then cut the Pirates’ lead down to 5-3 in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits into an RBI force out, 5-4, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Hunter Pence’s single, as Pence, who had just singled, is forced out at second base for the inning’s second out. The Phils then made it a 5-4 Pirates’ lead in the eighth as Pence hits a lead-off home run, his fourteenth home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Joel Hanrahan collected his twentieth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth.
Kyle Kendrick (2-8, 5.35) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six. Brian Sanches and Jeremy Horst combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Sanches) and three walks (Sanches (1), Horst (2)) between them, while striking out two batters (one batter each). A.J. Burnett (9-2, 3.31) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Juan Cruz collected his thirteenth hold of the season as he threw a third of an inning, walking a batter. Jason Grilli received his eighteenth hold of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, striking out two batters. Joel Hanrahan recorded his twentieth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Singles) and Hunter Pence (Single, Home Run, RBI) leading the ballclub with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Juan Pierre (Single), Ty Wigginton (Single), Mike Fontenot (Single) and Erik Kratz (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other nine hits, as the offense was unable to get the key hit to either tie or win the game. The Phils also had three walks and two stolen bases (Pierre (18), Rollins (13)) in the game.
The Phils (36-42, 5th) will go on the road to start a series with the Marlins (35-40, 4th), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-4, 3.72), who is coming off a lost against the Rays on June 24, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 7-3 lost. Lee will be out to finally end his long winless streak. The Marlins will counter with Josh Johnson (4-5, 3.96), who is coming off a no-decision against the Blue Jays on June 23, where he went seven innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Marlins’ 7-1 lost. He’s be trying to even up his record. The Phils will be out to win their first game since Chase Utley’s return to the line-up.