Instant Replay: Pirates 5, Phillies 3

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Instant Replay: Pirates 5, Phillies 3

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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.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.

Best of MLB: Trout's 16th home run guides Angels past Marlins

Best of MLB: Trout's 16th home run guides Angels past Marlins

MIAMI -- Mike Trout hit his major league-leading 16th homer, and the Los Angeles Angels reached the .500 mark for the 12th time this season by beating Miami 5-2 Saturday.

Trout's first-inning homer into the beer garden in left field was estimated at 443 feet, which pleased a fair portion of the crowd at Marlins Park.

"Hate Fish Love Trout," read a sign held by an Angels fans.

J.C. Ramirez (5-3) limited Miami to an unearned run in seven innings and benefited from excellent defense. Bud Norris, who tweaked his right knee and left Friday's game after throwing only three pitches, gave up a homer to Marcell Ozuna in the ninth (see full recap).

Strasburg K's career-high 15, Nats down Padres 3-0
WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg dominated San Diego with a career-high 15 strikeouts while allowing three hits over seven innings as the Washington Nationals beat the Padres 3-0 on Saturday.

Strasburg (6-1) singled and scored Washington's first run on Bryce Harper's RBI grounder in the third inning. Michael A. Taylor hit a two-run homer for the second consecutive game.

San Diego's lineup offered little resistance against Strasburg the day after Max Scherzer dominated the Padres with 13 strikeouts in Washington's 5-1 win.

Strasburg struck out the side in the third and sixth and had at least two in the first six innings.

The right-hander previously struck out 14 batters twice including his Major League debut on June 8, 2010. He set a personal best by setting down Franchy Cordero in the seventh (see full recap).

Yankees held hitless into 6th by Cotton, but beat A's 3-2
NEW YORK -- Oakland rookie Jharel Cotton held the Yankees hitless until Matt Holliday launched a two-run homer with two outs in the sixth inning that sent resurgent CC Sabathia and New York to a 3-2 victory Saturday.

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge was in the right spot for a pair of key catches to boost the AL East leaders, who won with just two hits.

Sabathia (5-2) has won three straight starts for the first time since April 2013. The 36-year-old lefty pitched into the seventh and struck out nine.

Dellin Betances escaped a second-and-third, one-out jam in the eighth, an inning that included the ejections of A's hitter Jed Lowrie and manager Bob Melvin for arguing strike three calls. Betances closed for his fifth save.

Cotton (3-5) was promoted from Triple-A Nashville before the game. He began the season in the Athletics' rotation but was sent down to the minors May 11 to refine his game (see full recap).

Bautista hits 3-run HR, Blue Jays beat Rangers 3-1
TORONTO -- Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer that backed Marco Estrada, and the Toronto Blue Bays beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 Saturday and matched their longest winning streak this season at five.

Shin-soo Choo homered into the center-field party deck on the first pitch of the game from Marco Estrada, but Bautista hit a two-out drive in the fifth, his eighth home run in May after one in April.

Estrada (4-2) allowed four hits in six innings to win for the third time in four starts. Aaron Loup got one out in the seventh, Ryan Tepera finished the inning and Joe Smith worked the eighth. Roberto Osuna threw a perfect ninth for his ninth save, completing a six-hitter.

Darvish (5-3) gave up three runs and five hits in six innings. He had been 4-0 with a 2.54 ERA in six starts since losing April 18 at Oakland. Texas has lost five in a row for the first time this year (see full recap).