The Pittsburgh Pirates (8-11) outhit the Philadelphia Phillies 9-7 in a game in Clearwater, Florida on Thursday afternoon, but saw their 5-game preseason winning streak end in a 2-1 loss to the Phillies (8-10).
The Phillies’ Pete Orr snapped a 1-1 tie with a game-winning solo home run off Pittsburgh southpaw Mike Zagurski in the bottom of the eighth inning. Ryan Howard had driven in Philadelphia’s earlier run with a sacrifice fly.
Pittsburgh’s starter, Kyle McPherson, threw five scoreless innings of four-hit baseball. Neil Walker went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
The Bucs will play the Houston Astros in Kissimmee on Friday afternoon.