PHILADELPHIA -- Cory Lidle had an outing similar to so many of his other starts in the last month.
The right-hander kept the Phillies in the game by scattering a few hits, giving up some runs and hardly walking anyone. The difference this time: It was enough to give Lidle the win.
Lidle pitched six solid innings to snap an eight-start winless skid and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Saturday night.
"It seemed like a long time," Lidle said. "I didn't want to worry about how long it was, I just wanted to focus on making each pitch and I did."
Chris Coste drove in three runs and Chase Utley had three of Philadelphia's 10 hits to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.
Lidle (5-7) allowed six hits, two runs, struck out six and walked one in winning for the first time since May 21. He was 0-3 in his last eight starts, even though he pitched into the sixth in all of those starts and allowed four runs or less in seven of those outings.
Four relievers combined to finish the eight-hitter, which stopped the Phillies' three-game losing streak.
"It's been a struggle over the last month, month and a half," Lidle said.
All-Star Game starter Jason Bay hit his 21st home run for the Pirates, who are 11-25 since June 1.
Lidle received some offensive help from Coste, who made his eighth major league start. Coste had a pair of run-scoring singles and matched his season RBI total. Known for scoring most of their runs with home runs, the Phillies knocked in all their runs with singles.
The Phillies got to Paul Maholm (3-8) for four runs in the first inning, with all the baserunners reaching on six singles. Slumping Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand drove in the first two runs. David Bell poked an RBI single the other way into right field past a diving Sean Casey and Coste made it 4-0 with another opposite-field hit to right. Three of the runs scored with two outs.
"It's a whole different feeling when you're pitching ahead," Lidle said. "I'd welcome that any time. You don't feel like you have to be perfect."
Rowand drew a one-out walk in the third and went to third on Bell's double. Coste followed Bell with a two-run single to make it 6-1. After starting his career with an 0-for-14 skid, Coste has 12 hits in his last 26 at-bats.
Coste also earned the confidence in calling a game from the veteran Lidle. The battery first worked together in spring training, and Lidle said the two were in sync from the first exhibition outing.
"He has a good feel for how I like to use my pitches," Lidle said. "There were a couple times today where he actually got me to throw a pitch I wasn't thinking of and it worked out good."
Maholm lasted only four innings and lost for the fourth time in his last seven starts. He allowed six runs and nine hits.
"I threw the pitches exactly where I wanted to, and they found the holes," Maholm said. "I was staying in the zone and they were swinging the bats."
Bay hit a solo shot off Lidle in the sixth that skimmed over Rowand's glove against the 401-foot sign in center field. Bay was the leading vote-getter among NL outfielders for Tuesday night's All-Star Game.
"Consistency. That's obviously what we're still searching for," manager Jim Tracy said.
The Pirates beat the Phillies on Friday night, meaning one team will end a dubious streak in Sunday's three-game series finale. The Pirates have lost seven straight series and the Phillies have lost eight straight series.
"I expect us to win tomorrow," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We need to go into the break winning a series."
|Players of the Game|
|Jose Bautista, CF||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.263|
|Jack Wilson, SS||5||0||1||0||0||0||2||.258|
|Sean Casey, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.295|
|Jason Bay, LF||4||1||1||1||0||2||4||.280|
|Freddy Sanchez, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.361|
|Craig Wilson, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.273|
|Jose Castillo, 2B||3||1||1||0||0||2||0||.279|
|Ronny Paulino, C||4||0||2||1||0||0||2||.308|
|Paul Maholm, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.161|
|a- Nate McLouth, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.239|
|John Grabow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Joe Randa, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.267|
|Salomon Torres, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Capps, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Jeromy Burnitz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.228|
|a-grounded out for Maholm in the 5th|
|b-grounded out for Grabow in the 7th|
|c-grounded out for Capps in the 9th|
|2B - Jose Castillo (17, Lidle)|
|HR - Jason Bay (21, Lidle)|
|RBI - Jason Bay (65), Ronny Paulino (22)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ronny Paulino (12)|
|SB - Jose Bautista (2, 2nd base off Lidle/Coste)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - F. Sanchez-Castillo-Casey|
|Paul Maholm (L,3-8)||4||9||6||6||2||2||0||5.10|
|HBP - Rowand (by Salomon Torres)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 83-54, John Grabow 32-21, Salomon Torres 17-11, Matt Capps 16-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 5-4, John Grabow 2-1, Salomon Torres 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 22, John Grabow 8, Salomon Torres 5, Matt Capps 3|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||5||0||0||0||0||0||1||.256|
|Chase Utley, 2B||5||1||3||0||0||0||0||.311|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||3||1||1||0||1||1||3||.286|
|Pat Burrell, LF||3||1||1||1||1||1||2||.247|
|Chris Roberson, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.059|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.278|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||2||2||1||1||1||0||0||.264|
|David Bell, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.261|
|Chris Coste, C||3||0||2||3||1||1||2||.300|
|Cory Lidle, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.111|
|a- Abraham Nunez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.143|
|Ryan Franklin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rheal Cormier, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Geoff Geary, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|b- David Dellucci, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.308|
|Tom Gordon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Lidle in the 6th|
|b-struck out for Geary in the 8th|
|2B - Chase Utley (24, Maholm), David Bell (15, Maholm)|
|RBI - Pat Burrell (57), Aaron Rowand (28), David Bell (26), Chris Coste 3 (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Aaron Rowand (10), David Bell (10), Chris Coste (1)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Jimmy Rollins (6, Wild throw)|
|Cory Lidle (W,5-7)||6||6||2||2||1||6||1||4.95|
|Rheal Cormier (H,11)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.16|
|Geoff Geary (H,5)||1.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.40|
|HBP - Castillo (by Cory Lidle)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cory Lidle 107-66, Ryan Franklin 9-5, Rheal Cormier 2-1, Geoff Geary 14-10, Tom Gordon 21-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cory Lidle 11-1, Ryan Franklin 1-1, Rheal Cormier 1-0, Geoff Geary 1-2, Tom Gordon 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Cory Lidle 26, Ryan Franklin 3, Rheal Cormier 1, Geoff Geary 4, Tom Gordon 4|
|Attendance - 37462|
|Game Time - 2:50|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor|