Instant Replay: Pirates 5, Phillies 3

Instant Replay: Pirates 5, Phillies 3

April 24, 2013, 10:00 pm
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Jimmy Rollins and the Phillies were handed a second straight defeat by the Pirates with Wednesday's 5-3 loss. (USA Today Images)

BOX SCORE

Entering Wednesday’s game at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies were 6-0 when leading after the sixth inning. They aren’t undefeated in that situation any longer.

After a sold start by Roy Halladay, the Phillies' bullpen gave up four runs in the final three innings and the Pirates won, 5-3.

Prior to Wednesday evening, the Phillies' 'pen had allowed one or no runs in 14 of the last 16 games. The Phillies, who have lost two in a row to Pittsburgh, fell to 9-13.

Starting pitching report
Halladay got off to an excellent start. He struck out the side in the first inning, and he retired the Pirates on just six pitches in the second inning. Halladay allowed only one base runner through the first three innings.

Halladay threw 95 pitches (57 for strikes) over six innings. He surrendered one hit, two walks, one earned run and struck out eight. Halladay, who entered the game with a 6.04 ERA, lowered that mark to 5.08.

Pirates starter Wandy Rodriguez -- who had a microscopic 0.56 ERA before Wednesday -- lasted 5 2/3 innings. He gave up nine hits, three earned runs, two walks and two home runs. He struck out five.

Bullpen report
Antonio Bastardo served up a home run to Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez in the seventh.

In the eighth, Mike Adams surrendered two walks and two singles and was yanked after facing just four batters. With no one out, Jeremy Horst replaced Adams. Horst gave up a single to Brandon Inge, which allowed Starling Marte to score and put the Pirates ahead, 4-3. Both runs in the inning were charged to Adams.

Horst gave up another run in the ninth when Chase Utley couldn’t track down a fly ball along the right-field line. Marte ended up with a triple on the play and Clint Barmes scored.

At the plate
Utley -- who was moved back to the two-hole in the order when Charlie Manuel decided to juggle his lineup -- hit a solo home run to right field in the first inning. Utley leads the team with four homers. Wednesday also marked the 10-year anniversary of his first big-league hit -- a grand slam against the Colorado Rockies.

Ryan Howard added a home run in the fourth when he smacked an 0-2 curveball into the right-field stands. It was his second homer of the year, and the first 0-2 pitch he’s hit out of any ballpark since 2008.

The blasts by Utley and Howard were the first home runs off a left-handed pitcher by the Phillies this season.

The Phils added another run in the sixth inning when Kevin Frandsen, pinch hitting for Halladay, singled up the middle to score Ben Revere.

The Pirates were led by Alvarez and Marte, who had two hits each and combined for three RBIs.

In the field
In the third inning, Utley made one of his best defensive plays in a while. Utley dove to his right on a ground ball by John McDonald and threw the Pirates' shortstop out at first.

Dom Brown made a spectacular diving catch in left field in the fifth inning to rob McDonald of another hit.

Up next
Cliff Lee (2-1, 2.83 ERA) will face Pirates right-hander James McDonald (2-2, 4.12) on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.