After managing just one run and one hit off Philadelphia starter Roy Halladay on Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates (12-9) jumped on the Phillies’ bullpen for four runs in a 5-3 win in Philadelphia.
For the Bucs, it was the 11th win in 15 games following a 1-5 start to the 2013 season.
Pedro Alvarez recorded the only hit in Halladay’s six innings of work, an RBI single in the fourth frame. Alvarez hit a solo home run off reliever Antonio Bastardo in the seventh inning, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 3-2. Travis Snider tied the game with an eighth-inning RBI single off losing pitcher Mike Adams (1-2), and Brandon Inge followed with a lead-taking pinch-hit single off Jeremy Horst. The Bucs added a 9th-inning insurance run on a bloop RBI triple by Starling Marte off the glove of Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley.
Vin Mazzaro (1-0) earned the win in relief of Pittsburgh starter Wandy Rodriguez. Mark Melancon pitched the eighth inning to earn his eighth “hold.” Closer Jason Grilli recorded his ninth save in nine chances, taking over the Major League lead in that category.
Utley and Ryan Howard homered for the Phillies (9-13).
The Pirates, who have won two of the first three games in the four-game series, will send James McDonald (2-2; 4.12 ERA) to the mound in Thursday afternoon’s finale against the Phillies’ Cliff Lee (2-1; 2.83 ERA).