Jimmy Rollins punched a two-out RBI single off Pirates reliever Jared Hughes in the bottom of the sixth inning on Monday night, giving the Philadelphia Phillies a 3-2 home win.
The Pirates (10-9) had forged a 2-2 tie behind solo home runs by Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin, but could not forge anything else against “AAA” pitcher Jonathan Pettibone and the Philadelphia bullpen. Pettibone, making his first Major League start, pitched 5-and-a third innings. allowing two runs and six hits, and striking out six batters. Raul Valdez (1-0) earned the win, Antonio Bastardo and Mike Adams both pitched scoreless innings, and Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth inning for his fourth save of the season, continuing his career-perfect string of successful save chances. Papelbon now has 55 saves in 55 opportunities in the month of April.
Rollins finished with two hits and two RBIs. A third Phillies run scored on a wild pitch by Pirates starter A.J. Burnett.
Alvarez and Martin both recorded two hits for Pittsburgh. Burnett pitched five innings, surrendering two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts, three walks and a hit batsman. Hughes (1-2) took the loss.
On Tuesday, in the second game of a four-game series, Jeff Locke (1-1) will start for Pittsburgh, while Philadelphia (9-11) will go with Cole Hamels (0-2).