Pittsburgh at Philadelphia

W: T. Walker (1-0) L: M. Capps (1-5)
HR: PIT - G. Jones (4), D. Young (3), A. McCutchen (2)   PHI - M. Stairs (4), R. Howard (22)

Phillies rally past Pirates with five-run ninth

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PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard's tying homer in the ninth helped the Phillies complete a memorable comeback.

Paul Bako's single gave Philadelphia an 8-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night, giving them wins in eight of their past nine games.

"That was one of the best wins of the year," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

The Phillies trailed 7-3 before pinch-hitter Matt Stairs led off the ninth with a homer off Matt Capps (1-5). Jimmy Rollins walked and stole second, his third steal of the game, and Chase Utley followed with a one-out single to left.

Howard followed Utley by blasting a 1-0 pitch to tie the game at 7. Raul Ibanez, playing in his first game after missing 20 with a groin injury, then hit a ground-rule double to center. After an intentional walk to Jayson Werth and an infield single by Pedro Feliz, Bako lined a 2-2 pitch to left, sending a crowd that included Vice President Joe Biden home happy.

"We were able to go out there, put it together and pull it out," Howard said.

Tyler Walker (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning of relief.

Pittsburgh starter Ross Ohlendorf held the Phillies to five hits while allowing three runs and striking out five. The right-hander matched his career high with four walks.

"There's no excuses. It's all me," Capps said. "I stunk. That was embarrassing."

Garrett Jones, Delwyn Young and Andrew McCutchen homered and drove in two runs for Pittsburgh, which lost for the eighth time in 10 games. Ryan Doumit, playing in his second straight game after returning from a broken right wrist he got April 19, went 2 for 5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI for the Pirates. Andy LaRoche went 2 for 4 with a double and triple and Jones had a pair of hits for Pittsburgh.

Cole Hamels, the 2008 World Series MVP, lasted six innings while allowing five runs on seven hits -- all extra-base hits. The left-hander has allowed at least seven hits in six of his last seven starts and is 1-3 in that stretch.

"It was one of those things I really felt like I was able to hit my spots; unfortunately they were able to hit them," Hamels said. "Wins are the ultimate goal and to be able to come away with a win makes me feel a little better."

Jones' solo homer to deep right and Young's two-run blast to deep left-center put Pittsburgh up 3-0 after one inning. The Pirates added two more in the second on McCutchen's two-run shot to left for a 5-0 lead.

The Phillies managed just two hits through five innings before the sixth, when they scored three runs on four hits. Ibanez had an RBI double and Greg Dobbs drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Pittsburgh added two runs in the seventh on a single hit to make it 7-3. Jack Wilson reached on Jones' bases-loaded walk and McCutchen scored on Doumit's groundout.

Wilson, Pittsburgh's shortstop, robbed Shane Victorino of a hit with a sliding over-the-head catch and then hopping up to double off Rollins at first.


  • Biden sat in the first row behind the plate, wearing a Phillies cap.
  • Philadelphia C Carlos Ruiz missed his second straight game with neck stiffness.
  • Utley was hit by a pitch for the NL-leading 13th time this season.
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Ryan Howard helps the Phillies' rally by unleashing a game-tying, three-run shot in the ninth.  (AP)
Ryan Howard helps the Phillies' rally by unleashing a game-tying, three-run shot in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game

R. Howard
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 1

A. McCutchen
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, CF5222001 .287
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4000111 .314
Garrett Jones, LF4122111 .316
Ryan Doumit, C5121002 .241
Delwyn Young, RF4112013 .310
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000011 .252
Andy LaRoche, 3B4120010 .272
Jack Wilson, SS4110002 .270
Ross Ohlendorf, P2000011 .029
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Salazar, PH0000100 .000
    John Grabow, P1000001 .000
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
a-walked for J. Chavez in the 7th
2B - Andrew McCutchen (9, Hamels), Ryan Doumit 2 (6, Hamels, Hamels), Andy LaRoche (16, Hamels)
3B - Andy LaRoche (4, Eyre)
HR - Andrew McCutchen (2, Hamels), Garrett Jones (4, Hamels), Delwyn Young (3, Hamels)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen 2 (23), Garrett Jones 2 (6), Ryan Doumit (10), Delwyn Young 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Andrew McCutchen 2 (8), Garrett Jones (3), Delwyn Young 2 (8)
SB - Andrew McCutchen (7, 2nd base off Durbin/Bako), Garrett Jones (3, 2nd base off T. Walker/Bako)
Team LOB - 6
DP - LaRoche-J. Wilson-Ohlendorf, J. Wilson-LaRoche
Pittsburgh Pirates
Ross Ohlendorf 5.2533450 4.64
Jesse Chavez (H,5) 0.1100000 3.19
John Grabow 2100130 3.32
Matt Capps (L,1-5) 0.1655202 6.21
IBB - Werth by Matt Capps
HBP - Utley (by John Grabow)
Pitches-Strikes - Ross Ohlendorf 99-54, Jesse Chavez 11-6, John Grabow 29-17, Matt Capps 33-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Ohlendorf 3-8
Batters Faced - Ross Ohlendorf 25, Jesse Chavez 2, John Grabow 8, Matt Capps 9
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS3120211 .228
Shane Victorino, CF5000013 .309
Chase Utley, 2B4220002 .310
Ryan Howard, 1B3233200 .258
Raul Ibanez, LF5221015 .314
Jayson Werth, RF3000230 .266
Greg Dobbs, 3B2001010 .269
   a- Pedro Feliz, PH-3B2010000 .290
Paul Bako, C5022010 .214
Cole Hamels, P1000100 .160
   b- John Mayberry Jr., PH1000002 .184
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .200
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Walker, P0000000 .000
   c- Matt Stairs, PH1111000 .283
a-flied out for Dobbs in the 8th
b-flied out for Hamels in the 6th
c-homered for T. Walker in the 9th
2B - Jimmy Rollins (20, Ohlendorf), Raul Ibanez 2 (18, Ohlendorf, Capps)
HR - Ryan Howard (22, Capps), Matt Stairs (4, Capps)
SF - Greg Dobbs (3)
RBI - Ryan Howard 3 (66), Raul Ibanez (60), Greg Dobbs (16), Paul Bako 2 (3), Matt Stairs (13)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Bako (1)
SB - Jimmy Rollins 3 (16, 3rd base off Ohlendorf/Doumit, 2nd base off Ohlendorf/Doumit, 2nd base off Capps/Doumit), Chase Utley (9, 2nd base off Grabow/Doumit), Ryan Howard (4, 2nd base off Ohlendorf/Doumit)
Team LOB - 11
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels 6755063 4.87
Chad Durbin 0.1122200 4.47
Scott Eyre 1.2100100 2.16
Tyler Walker (W,1-0) 1100000 1.64
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 90-62, Chad Durbin 16-7, Scott Eyre 24-15, Tyler Walker 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 4-8, Chad Durbin 1-0, Scott Eyre 3-2, Tyler Walker 2-1
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 25, Chad Durbin 4, Scott Eyre 7, Tyler Walker 4
Game Information
Attendance - 45209
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Andy Fletcher