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Pirates 11, Phillies 6

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PITTSBURGH -- The Phillies enjoy this kind of offense a few times every week. For the Pirates, it is a newfound experience they hope to keep going for the rest of the season.

Third baseman Abraham Nunez's two-run throwing error put Pittsburgh in the lead for the first time and the Pirates withstood Philadelphia's four-run first inning and two early home runs to beat the Phillies 11-6 Saturday night.

Freddy Sanchez, one of the majors' hottest hitters this month, had a two-run homer among three hits and Paul Maholm (9-14) recovered from allowing six runs in the first two innings to pitch seven innings for the victory.

The Pirates own the NL's worst record, but in a span of three days they've rallied from deficits of five runs, in a 10-7 victory Thursday over the Mets, and four runs against the Phillies to beat the NL East's two top teams. Part of the reason they were able to rally is a reawakened offense that leads the NL in runs scored (120) and home runs (27) in August.

"Hopefully, this will continue," said Xavier Nady, who had two hits and scored three runs in his first start since injuring a hamstring July 31. "We've had our ups and downs all season, but hopefully this will point things in the right direction -- for next season and the rest of this season."

The Pirates are only 9-8 for the month, but they're scoring plenty of runs -- eight or more in each of their last four games and nine times overall. The only other stretch of sustained offense for one of baseball's lowest-scoring teams came when they won nine of 13 going into the All-Star break.

"Early in the season, we had guys struggling at the same time and if one guy he was hitting, he was the only one who was hot," Nady said. "Now, it always seems we've got guys coming up with runners on base and it's contagious."

The Phillies, who began the night tied for the NL wild-card lead with San Diego after winning four of five, easily lead the NL in runs scored with 666. But starter Jamie Moyer (11-9) couldn't hold leads of 4-0 in the first and 6-2 in the second against a team the Phillies were 4-0 against this season.

"Usually, you get a four-run lead like that for him (Moyer) early in the game, he keeps you in the game," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Tonight, they were hitting him pretty good."

With the score tied at 6, Nady singled and Adam LaRoche doubled to start the Pirates' fifth. Nunez then bobbled Ronny Paulino's grounder, forcing him to rush a much-too-high throw that sailed far past first baseman Ryan Howard -- scoring both runners and sending Paulino to second. Paulino later scored on Jack Wilson's squeeze bunt.

"I rushed a little bit. It was a routine play and it should have been made," Nunez said. "I didn't make a play, and it cost us a game."

Maholm and relievers Shawn Chacon and Matt Capps shut out Philadelphia over the final seven innings, with Capps finishing up in the ninth.

Long before that, the Phillies looked like they would make it a rout. Jayson Werth, the fill-in right fielder with Shane Victorino injured, hit a three-run homer in the first following Howard's RBI single. Within a span of six batters, the Phillies had more hits (four) against Maholm than he allowed in beating the Giants 3-1 Monday in a three-hit complete game.

The Pirates came back with four in their half of the first on run-scoring doubles by Jason Bay and LaRoche, Nady's RBI single and a Paulino groundout.

Pat Burrell came right back to hit a two-run homer in the second, his 19th and second in as many nights, that made it 6-4. But Sanchez, last year's NL batting champion, hit his eighth homer of the season in the fourth to tie it. Sanchez is 27-for-68 (.397) this month.

"Right there, I had to get as many outs as I could just to stay in the game," Maholm said. "I started making pitches and that's when things started clicking."

Moyer, who was 4-0 in his five most recent starts, was lifted after being roughed up for nine hits and eight runs, seven earned, in four-plus innings. Maholm gave up 10 hits, but only three over his final five innings.

"I gave it right back to them," Moyer said. "I took the momentum we created and passed it right back to them, and I deserve what I get. I've got to be better than that."

Notes

Despite their recent offensive surge, the Pirates had dropped four of their previous five. ... Pittsburgh has 37 runs and 46 hits in its last four games, although it is only 2-2 in those games. ... Werth has three homers and 12 RBI in 13 starts since Victorino strained his right calf last month. ... The Phillies lost for the seventh time in their last 21 games against a left-handed starter. ... Phillies reliever Mike Zagurski left in the eighth after straining his right hamstring on Paulino's infield single. He will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

F. Sanchez
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Philadelphia

J. Werth
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4210101 .290
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5020002 .265
Pat Burrell, LF5112023 .266
Ryan Howard, 1B4111021 .260
Aaron Rowand, CF3110101 .309
Jayson Werth, RF4113011 .257
Carlos Ruiz, C4020010 .264
Abraham Nunez, 3B3010001 .246
   a- Chris Roberson, PH1000000 .250
    Mike Zagurski, P0000000 .000
    Antonio Alfonseca, P0000000 .000
Jamie Moyer, P2010012 .153
    Jose Mesa, P0000000 .000
   b- Wes Helms, PH1000000 .252
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
    Greg Dobbs, 3B1000000 .285
Totals37611627  
a-flied out for Nunez in the 8th
b-flied out for Mesa in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (30, Maholm), Tadahito Iguchi (24, Maholm)
HR - Pat Burrell (19, Maholm), Jayson Werth (6, Maholm)
RBI - Pat Burrell 2 (66), Ryan Howard (99), Jayson Werth 3 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard (42), Jayson Werth 3 (9)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Abraham Nunez (7, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer (L,11-9) 4987241 4.97
Jose Mesa 1010010 5.77
Clay Condrey 2100220 5.06
Mike Zagurski 0.2322110 5.91
Antonio Alfonseca 0.1000100 3.77
IBB - J. Wilson by Jamie Moyer, Nady by Mike Zagurski
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 89-54, Jose Mesa 11-8, Clay Condrey 38-20, Mike Zagurski 24-13, Antonio Alfonseca 6-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 4-4, Jose Mesa 3-0, Clay Condrey 1-3, Mike Zagurski 1-0
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 23, Jose Mesa 4, Clay Condrey 9, Mike Zagurski 6, Antonio Alfonseca 2
Pittsburgh Pirates
Jose Bautista, CF-3B4100111 .257
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5232000 .305
Jason Bay, LF5221010 .254
Xavier Nady, RF3321211 .289
Adam LaRoche, 1B4132100 .259
Ronny Paulino, C5111012 .242
Jose Castillo, 3B4000024 .253
    Shawn Chacon, P0000000 .273
   a- Josh Phelps, PH0001100 .291
    Matt Capps, P00000001.000
Jack Wilson, SS3011103 .269
Paul Maholm, P3110022 .196
   b- Nate McLouth, PH-CF1000003 .247
Totals371113968  
a-walked for Chacon in the 8th
b-lined out for Maholm in the 7th
Batting
2B - Freddy Sanchez (32, Moyer), Jason Bay 2 (20, Moyer, Zagurski), Adam LaRoche 2 (28, Moyer, Moyer)
HR - Freddy Sanchez (8, Moyer)
SH - Jack Wilson (7)
RBI - Freddy Sanchez 2 (53), Jason Bay (79), Xavier Nady (61), Adam LaRoche 2 (71), Ronny Paulino (40), Josh Phelps (22), Jack Wilson (35)
2-OUT RBI - Freddy Sanchez 2 (19), Adam LaRoche (23), Josh Phelps (13)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - F. Sanchez-J. Wilson-LaRoche
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm (W,9-14) 71066242 4.53
Shawn Chacon (H,7) 1000020 4.32
Matt Capps 1100010 2.36
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 110-70, Shawn Chacon 14-10, Matt Capps 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 8-8, Matt Capps 1-1
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 32, Shawn Chacon 3, Matt Capps 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38152
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Sam Holbrook