Pittsburgh at Philadelphia

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Phillies 4, Pirates 2

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PHILADELPHIA -- Brett Myers got his stuff and his snarl back.

Myers pitched 7 2/3 sharp innings, Jimmy Rollins had four hits, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 on Saturday night.

Myers (5-9) allowed one run and five hits, striking out six. The feisty right-hander wasn't pleased to leave with a runner on second and two outs in the eighth.

Myers muttered a few expletives when Phillies manager Charlie Manuel went to the mound. Manuel went after Myers in the dugout and the two briefly exchanged words nose-to-nose.

"I wanted to stay in," Myers said. "I'm a competitor. That's what I do. Sometimes your emotions get the best of you and you do something irrational. I should've respected his decision. It's patched up. We're buddies."

Manuel said he prefers a pitcher who doesn't want to exit a game.

"It was two strong-willed people kind of disagreeing," Manuel said. "Everything is all right. He wanted to stay in. I like that. In fact, if he doesn't want to stay in, I'd be mad."

J.C. Romero retired Doug Mientkiewicz for the final out after Myers departed. Chad Durbin finished for his first save after allowing a run in the ninth. Brad Lidge, who is 28-for-28 in save chances, was unavailable after throwing 24 pitches in one-third of an inning Friday.

The NL East-leading Phillies remained one game ahead of the New York Mets and are 2½ up on Florida.

Rollins, the reigning NL MVP, sparked a struggling offense that was shut out in consecutive games for the first time in nine years. He finished 4-for-4 with two triples in his four-hit game since last Sept. 1.

The Phillies snapped a 23-inning scoreless streak before making an out against Ian Snell (4-9).

Rollins led off with a line-drive triple down the right-field line and Shane Victorino followed with a double off the scoreboard in right. Ryan Howard's one-out RBI single made it 2-0.

The Pirates sliced the lead in half in the fourth on Nate McClouth's RBI double.

Rollins tripled off the wall in right leading off the seventh and scored on Victorino's single through a drawn-in infield for a 3-1 lead.

"We have to set the table for the bug guys," Rollins said of himself and Victorino.

Jayson Werth led off Philadelphia's eighth with a triple off Romulo Sanchez and scored on Greg Dobbs' single to make it 4-1.

Brandon Moss' RBI single in the ninth capped the scoring.

Snell allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. It was just his eighth quality start in 23 games.

"He struggled in the first inning then he settled in and threw the ball well," Pirates manager John Russell said.

A short trip to the minors has made a difference for Myers, the team's opening-day starter who was demoted on July 1 after going 3-9 with a 5.84 ERA in his first 17 starts. He's 2-0 with a 2.10 ERA in four starts since returning to the majors.

"Last two games he's been top-notch," Manuel said. "I'd say his stuff is back. He's got a different look about it."

Notes

Six members of the 1950 Whiz Kids, including Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts, were honored before the game. The Phillies were swept by the New York Yankees in the World Series that year. ... Rollins has tripled twice in a game five times. He's batting .632 (12-for-19) with four triples and a homer off Snell. ... Manuel said Lidge had some shoulder stiffness, but his health is not a concern.

 
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Players of the Game
Philadelphia

J. Rollins
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
Pittsburgh

N. McLouth
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Pittsburgh Pirates
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4000003 .248
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B4110001 .286
Nate McLouth, CF4121010 .277
Ryan Doumit, C4000002 .331
Brandon Moss, LF4011011 .271
Steve Pearce, RF4010011 .216
Jose Bautista, 3B2000110 .243
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .333
    Romulo Sanchez, P0000000 .000
   a- Jason Michaels, PH1000001 .232
Luis Rivas, SS3010012 .235
Ian Snell, P2000013 .162
    Chris Gomez, 3B1010000 .300
Totals3327216  
a-popped out for R. Sanchez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Nate McLouth (36, Myers), Steve Pearce (3, Myers), Chris Gomez (6, Myers)
RBI - Nate McLouth (74), Brandon Moss (15)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Gomez-F. Sanchez-Mientkiewicz
Pittsburgh Pirates
Ian Snell (L,4-9) 6833350 6.06
Sean Burnett 0.2000100 4.50
Romulo Sanchez 1.1211000 4.15
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Snell 106-63, Sean Burnett 7-3, Romulo Sanchez 10-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Snell 5-8, Romulo Sanchez 2-1
Batters Faced - Ian Snell 29, Sean Burnett 2, Romulo Sanchez 5
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4240000 .277
Shane Victorino, CF3122101 .289
Chase Utley, 2B4000026 .286
Ryan Howard, 1B3011100 .240
Pat Burrell, LF4000012 .268
    Geoff Jenkins, RF0000000 .241
Jayson Werth, RF-LF3110110 .265
Greg Dobbs, 3B3021100 .304
    Eric Bruntlett, PR-3B0000000 .222
Chris Coste, C4000015 .271
Brett Myers, P3000001 .054
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Cervenak, PH1000001 .250
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .143
Totals32410445  
a-grounded into a double play for Romero in the 8th
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino (23, Snell)
3B - Jimmy Rollins 2 (7, Snell, Snell), Jayson Werth (2, R. Sanchez)
RBI - Shane Victorino 2 (45), Ryan Howard (98), Greg Dobbs (23)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (29, 2nd base off Snell/Doumit)
CS - Shane Victorino (9, 2nd base by Burnett/Doumit)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Myers-Rollins-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Brett Myers (W,5-9) 7.2511160 5.09
J.C. Romero (H,16) 0.1000000 2.17
Chad Durbin (S,1) 1211000 1.79
WP - Chad Durbin (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 93-59, J.C. Romero 5-2, Chad Durbin 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 10-6, J.C. Romero 1-0
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 28, J.C. Romero 1, Chad Durbin 5
Game Information
Attendance - 45060
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt