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Pittsburgh at Philadelphia

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Pittsburgh (38-48)100000001261
Philadelphia (46-38) «00300000x351

Phillies 3, Pirates 2

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PHILADELPHIA -- Joe Blanton and the Philadelphia Phillies are rolling as the first half of the season winds down.

Blanton pitched into the eighth inning, Jayson Werth drove in two runs on the same day he was named to his first All-Star team and Philadelphia beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Friday night.

The NL East-leading Phillies have won seven of eight, all at home, after entering their 10-game homestand with 14 losses in 18 games.

"Here lately, it's kind of like we're getting used to winning again," manager Charlie Manuel said.

 Werth named to All-Star team

Blanton (6-4) allowed one run and four hits over 7 1/3 innings in his second consecutive effective outing. The right-hander pitched 7 1/3 innings in Philadelphia's 2-0 victory over the New York Mets on Sunday, and is 4-1 with a 2.44 ERA in his last nine starts.

"It does feel good," Blanton said of the Phillies' winning stretch. "A couple more [wins] to close it out and take the momentum into the second half."

Manuel liked the way Blanton attacked the Pirates, calling him "a bulldog."

"The fastball makes him go and he's not afraid to use his fastball," Manuel said. "He's throwing the ball good right now."

Werth, picked by Manuel to replace injured outfielder Carlos Beltran on the NL All-Star roster, hit a two-run double in the third to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead.

Fellow All-Star Shane Victorino went 3 for 4 with two doubles for Philadelphia, and is 17 for 34 in his last eight games.

Pittsburgh's Zach Duke (8-8) tossed his third complete game of the season, allowing five hits, and lost for the fourth time in his last five decisions. He allowed only one hit, Victorino's eighth-inning double, after the third.

Duke is winless in his last seven road starts and Pittsburgh has scored just 18 runs in his eight losses.

"Duke did a great job against a great offensive team," Pittsburgh manager John Russell said. "Both pitchers did a great job."

Garrett Jones and Brandon Moss homered for the Pirates, who have lost seven of nine. All-Star Freddy Sanchez, returning to the lineup after missing the last six games with lower back tightness, went 2 for 4 with a double.

Moss connected against Brad Lidge with two out in the ninth, but pinch-hitter Delwyn Young struck out to end the game. Lidge earned his 18th save in 24 chances.

Notes

The Phillies activated All-Star left fielder Raul Ibanez from the disabled list. Ibanez, who missed 20 games with a groin injury, was available to pinch hit but did not play. Manuel said the outfielder would be in the starting lineup Saturday. ... Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen's error in the third was the Pirates' first error in a season-high 66 2/3 innings.

 
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Players of the Game
Philadelphia

S. Victorino
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Pittsburgh

G. Jones
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, CF4000020 .283
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4020010 .318
Garrett Jones, LF3111102 .294
Ryan Doumit, C4000003 .224
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000020 .256
Andy LaRoche, 3B4010010 .269
Brandon Moss, RF3111001 .255
Jack Wilson, SS4010002 .270
Zach Duke, P3000010 .235
   a- Delwyn Young, PH1000011 .312
Totals3426218  
a-struck out for Duke in the 9th
Batting
2B - Freddy Sanchez (26, Blanton)
HR - Garrett Jones (3, Blanton), Brandon Moss (3, Lidge)
RBI - Garrett Jones (4), Brandon Moss (23)
2-OUT RBI - Garrett Jones (2), Brandon Moss (7)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Andrew McCutchen (2, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Zach Duke (L,8-8) 8533360 3.29
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 115-72
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 10-7
Batters Faced - Zach Duke 31
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000000 .224
Shane Victorino, CF4130000 .314
Chase Utley, 2B3110121 .308
Ryan Howard, 1B2100221 .252
Jayson Werth, RF3012002 .268
Pedro Feliz, 3B3000001 .289
John Mayberry Jr., LF3000010 .188
Paul Bako, C3000000 .174
Joe Blanton, P3000010 .038
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals2835236  
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino 2 (24, Duke, Duke), Jayson Werth (15, Duke)
RBI - Jayson Werth 2 (56)
2-OUT RBI - Jayson Werth 2 (21)
CS - Shane Victorino (5, 3rd base by Duke/Doumit)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Pedro Feliz (6, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Joe Blanton (W,6-4) 7.1411161 4.44
J.C. Romero (H,5) 1000000 2.70
Brad Lidge (S,18) 0.2211021 7.03
HBP - Moss (by Joe Blanton)
WP - Joe Blanton (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 103-71, J.C. Romero 13-7, Brad Lidge 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 10-7, J.C. Romero 3-0
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 29, J.C. Romero 3, Brad Lidge 4
Game Information
Attendance - 45246
Game Time - 2:20
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Tim McClelland