Garrett Jones’ pinch-hit, two-run double snapped a tied score, highlighting a 3-run eighth inning, and helping complete a comeback from a 3-1 deficit in a 6-4 win for the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Phillies in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon.
For Pittsburgh (13-9), it was the 12th win in their last 16 games, and the third in four contests in the series with the Phillies, marking the first time the Pirates have won a series in Philadelphia since April, 2003.
Gaby Sanchez homered and drove in three runs for the Bucs, Pedro Alvarez, Starling Marte and starting pitcher James McDonald all recorded two hits, and Michael McKenry drove in a run. Justin Wilson (2-0; 1.29 ERA) earned the win with two hitless innings in relief of McDonald. Tony Watson also worked two innings and earned his first Major League save.
For Philadelphia (9-14), Ryan Howard produced two hits and two RBIs, and Domonic Brown recorded two doubles and an RBI. Reliever Phillippe Aumont (1-3) took the loss. The Phillies have lost eight of their last 11 games.
On Friday night, the Pirates will begin a series against the Cardinals (13-8) in St. Louis. The first-place Cards lead Pittsburgh by a half-game in the National League Central Division. Jonathan Sanchez (0-2; 11.12 ERA) is scheduled to start the series opener for the Bucs against Lance Lynn (3-0; 3.68 ERA).