PITTSBURGH – Pedro Alvarez’s three-run home run off ineffective John Lannan capped a four-run fifth inning and led the Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Phillies Wednesday night at sold-out PNC Park.
Pirates lefty Jeff Locke won his eighth straight decision, matching the third-longest winning streak in Pirates history.
The Phillies have now scored just eight runs in four games since their 16-1 win over the Dodgers on Friday.
With a day game on Thursday left, the Phillies are 4-5 on the 10-game road trip. They’ve split the first two games of their series with the Pirates, who at 52-31 own the best record in baseball.
At the plate
Domonic Brown had three hits, including a long two-run homer off Pirates closer Jason Grilli on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the top of the ninth.
Delmon Young also had three hits, giving him 1,001 for his career and raising his average from .257 to .269. Young is 15 for 29 on the road trip, a .517 average.
Andrew McCutchen was 3 for 3 with a triple and two walks for the Pirates. He’s the first Pirate to reach safely five times in a game against the Phillies since Jeff King on Sept. 29, 1993.
On the mound
Lannan got through the first four innings unscathed, despite allowing eight of 19 batters he faced to reach. He wasn’t so fortunate in the fourth, when the Pirates scored four runs.
In all, Lannan gave up 11 hits and walked three in five innings. In his last five starts, he's allowed 17 earned runs in 23 2/3 innings (6.46 ERA).
Locke lasted 5 2/3, allowing seven hits and three runs, two earned. That actually matches the second-most earned runs he’s allowed in his last nine starts.
The only longer winning streaks in franchise history are Dock Ellis’s 10-game streak in 1971 and Steve Blass’s nine-game run in 1968.
Phillippe Aumont started the sixth for the Phillies and gave up two runs in one-third of an inning.
Jake Diekman struck out five in 1 2/3, the most strikeouts by a Phillies reliever since Antonio Bastardo fanned six Braves in two innings on April 8, 2011. Joe Savery pitched a scoreless eighth.
Grilli, who resurrected his career with the Phillies’ Triple A Lehigh Valley affiliate in 2011, recorded his National League-leading 28th save, despite allowing the Brown homer.
In the field
The Pirates made two errors, including one by shortstop Jordy Mercer with two outs in the sixth that allowed Carlos Ruiz to score with the Phillies’ third run.
Did you know?
Jake Diekman became only the second Phils pitcher since 1960 to pitch less than two innings and strike out five batters. Brian Sanches did it against the Nationals on Aug. 18, 2006.
On the bases
Lannan was thrown out trying to score from first on Chase Utley’s double with two outs in the third.
The Phillies wrap up the road trip with a 1:35 p.m. game against the Pirates Thursday at PNC Park. In a battle of Coles, Cole Hamels (2-11, 4.58) will face Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole (4-0, 3.70).
On Friday, the Phillies open a three-game series against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park. Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.59) faces Tim Hudson (4-7, 4.22) in a battle of former 20-game winners. It’s Paul Maholm (9-6, 3.69) vs. Kyle Kendrick (7-5, 3.59) Saturday evening and Kris Medlen goes against Jonathan Pettibone (4-3, 3.99) Sunday afternoon.