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Phillies Use Seven Pitchers To End Pirates’ Win Streak 3-1

July 2, 2013

The Philadelphia Phillies utilized seven pitchers who combined on a six-hitter, ending the Pittsburgh Pirates’ winning streak at nine games in a 3-1 victory over the Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

Only Garrett Jones, who hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, could provide a score for the Bucs (51-31), who also were the beneficiaries of six walks, but stranded nine baserunners.

With lefty Jeff Locke being given an extra day of rest, Brandon Cumpton (0-1; 4.02 ERA) was called up from “AAA” Indianapolis to mark a spot start.  Cumpton surrendered all of the Phillies’ scoring in the top of the sixth inning on a Ryan Howard RBI single, a sacrifice fly by Domonic Brown, and a run-scoring double by Delmon Young.  The Pirates’ biggest threat came when they loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, but it ended when Justin DeFratus struck out Pittsburgh’s Jordy Mercer.

Starter Jonathan Pettibone (4-3; 3.99 ERA) earned the win for Philadelphia (40-44), while Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 16th save.

The series will continue in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night with Locke (7-1; 2.06 ERA) facing Philadelphia’s John Lannan (1-2; 4.83 ERA).  On the Fourth of July, impressive Pirates rookie Gerrit Cole (4-0; 3.70 ERA), the first Pittsburgh pitcher since 1907 to win his first four Major League starts, is scheduled to take on the Phillies’ Cole Hamels (2-11; 4.58 ERA) in a holiday afternoon game.

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