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Pirates dump Phils in Utley's return

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PHILADELPHIA -- Chase Utley did everything to help the Philadelphia Phillies win except pitch middle relief.

Utley homered in his first at-bat of the season, but the Pittsburgh Pirates spoiled his return by connecting three times and beating the Phillies 11-7 Wednesday night.

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Michael McKenry hit a three-run homer and Andrew McCutchen and Casey McGehee also went deep for Pittsburgh. The Pirates set season highs for runs and hits (14), all against the Phillies' maligned bullpen.

"It was a good first step, but obviously winning would've been ideal," Utley said.

Utley missed the first 76 games this year because of a chronic problem in both knees. He had three hits, but it wasn't enough on a night the Phillies got more encouraging news about their injured stars.

Former NL MVP Ryan Howard will start a rehab stint on Thursday night and two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay is making progress and could throw off a bullpen mound next week.

Until they're all healthy, it won't be easy for the five-time defending NL East champions.

James McDonald (7-3) allowed four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. It was the first time in 15 starts this season he allowed more than three runs, and his ERA climbed from 2.19 to 2.44.

McKenry drove in a career-best four runs and the Pirates feasted on Philadelphia's pitching.

"I'm not trying to do too much and hit what they give me," McKenry said.

Reliever Raul Valdes (2-1) started for the Phillies, who were out of starters because of a doubleheader Sunday. He allowed three runs and two hits in two innings in his second career start. Joe Savery came in and gave up five runs in 2 2/3 innings. He was optioned to Triple-A after the game.

"There were doubts about our bullpen," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We felt like with what we had in the minors, this could give us more flexibility. But it backfired. We got lit up."

The Phillies entered with a 4.41 bullpen ERA that was 25th in the majors.

"We have to get our bullpen straightened out," Manuel said.

Utley can't help in that department.

The Phillies took a 2-0 lead in the first when Utley and Carlos Ruiz hit back-to-back homers.

Utley drove a 2-2 pitch way out to right-center. He got his third standing ovation in a 15-minute span and came out for a curtain call after circling the bases and getting mobbed by teammates in dugout.

"It was pretty exciting," Utley said. "The fans were awesome and it was nice to hit the ball hard my first at-bat."

Ruiz then hit a drive to left for his 11th homer. That had another sellout crowd at Citizens Bank Park buzzing.

It didn't last.

McKenry connected off Valdes in the second to put the Pirates ahead 3-2. McGehee homered off Savery in the fourth and McDonald helped himself with a two-out RBI single to extend the lead to 5-2.

Neil Walker, Jose Tabata and McKenry had RBI singles in the fifth to put the Pirates up 8-2.

But the Phillies rallied against McDonald in the sixth. Hunter Pence had an RBI double and Shane Victorino singled him in to cut it to 8-4.

Jimmy Rollins lined an RBI triple off Jared Hughes with no outs in the seventh. Tony Watson came in and Juan Pierre singled for his 500th career RBI. Utley followed with a single and Ruiz lined an RBI single to right field that Tabata appeared to lose in the lights, cutting the deficit to 8-7.

Brad Lincoln entered and preserved the lead. He struck out Pence, retired Victorino on a fly ball and fanned pinch-hitter Jim Thome.

McCutchen hit a two-run drive off Chad Qualls in the eighth, sending many fans home.

Utley sat out the first 46 games last year before returning to have the least productive season in his career. He batted .259 with 11 homers and 44 RBI. The 33-year-old second baseman has a condition called bilateral chondromalacia that can't be fixed surgically.

Howard tore his left Achilles' tendon making the final out in the last game of 2011 against St. Louis in Game 5 of the NL division series.

Halladay has been out since May 29 because of a strained latissimus dorsi muscle on the right side of his back.

Notes

  • The Phillies plan to call someone up Thursday to replace Savery. They used their entire bullpen except closer Jonathan Papelbon in this loss.
  • Manuel said he won't start Utley on Thursday afternoon and plans to give him a day off every three games.
  • INF Michael Martinez was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Utley.
  • Phillies RHP Mike Stutes had shoulder surgery Tuesday and likely will miss the rest of the season.
  • The Pirates won for just the third time in the last 19 games in Philadelphia.
  • McCutchen leads the majors with a .456 average (31 for 68) against lefties.
  • Phillies had their 260th straight sellout, counting postseason play.
  • McKenry is 9 for 14 with two homers and six RBI in this series.
  • A.J. Burnett (8-2, 3.24) tries to win his eighth straight start for the Pirates on Thursday afternoon. Kyle Kendrick (2-7, 5.24) goes for the Phillies.
 
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Chase Utley rounds the bases after hitting a homer in his first at-bat of the season, but the Pirates still beat the Phillies. (US Presswire)
Chase Utley rounds the bases after hitting a homer in his first at-bat of the season, but the Pirates still beat the Phillies. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Pittsburgh

M. McKenry
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Josh Harrison, SS4010002 .230
    Clint Barmes, SS2000001 .200
Drew Sutton, LF4221111 .302
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
Andrew McCutchen, CF5222012 .342
Casey McGehee, 1B4111104 .233
Neil Walker, 2B4331112 .263
Pedro Alvarez, 3B5000035 .223
Jose Tabata, RF5121021 .226
Michael McKenry, C4124110 .238
James McDonald, P3011012 .129
    Jared Hughes, P0000000 .000
    Tony Watson, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lincoln, P0000000 .000
   a- Alex Presley, PH-LF0100200 .230
Totals40111411610  
a-walked for Lincoln in the 8th
Batting
2B - Drew Sutton (6, Qualls), Neil Walker (14, Savery)
HR - Andrew McCutchen (14, Qualls), Casey McGehee (4, Savery), Michael McKenry (5, Valdes)
RBI - Drew Sutton (8), Andrew McCutchen 2 (48), Casey McGehee (18), Neil Walker (31), Jose Tabata (11), Michael McKenry 4 (12), James McDonald (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Tabata (10), Michael McKenry 4 (5), James McDonald (1)
CS - Josh Harrison (3, 2nd base by Savery/Ruiz), Casey McGehee (1, 2nd base by Valdes/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Pedro Alvarez (13, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James McDonald (W,7-3) 5.2644232 2.44
Jared Hughes 0.1121100 2.39
Tony Watson0311000 3.70
Brad Lincoln (H,1) 1000020 3.43
Jason Grilli 1000010 1.82
Joel Hanrahan 1000100 2.17
Pitches-Strikes - James McDonald 100-62, Jared Hughes 14-8, Tony Watson 12-8, Brad Lincoln 10-7, Jason Grilli 10-6, Joel Hanrahan 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James McDonald 7-6, Jared Hughes 2-0, Joel Hanrahan 1-2
Batters Faced - James McDonald 24, Jared Hughes 4, Tony Watson 3, Brad Lincoln 3, Jason Grilli 3, Joel Hanrahan 4
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS4121100 .269
Juan Pierre, LF5111002 .315
Chase Utley, 2B5131001 .600
Carlos Ruiz, C4222102 .364
Hunter Pence, RF4111113 .275
Shane Victorino, CF4011003 .251
Ty Wigginton, 1B2000000 .249
    Michael Schwimer, P0000000 .000
   a- Placido Polanco, PH0000100 .282
    Jacob Diekman, P0000000 .000
   b- Jim Thome, PH1000012 .246
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
Mike Fontenot, 3B4000022 .323
Raul Valdes, P0000000 .000
   c- Cliff Lee, PH1000010 .250
    Joe Savery, P0000000 .000
    Hector Luna, 1B3100010 .259
Totals37710746  
a-walked for Schwimer in the 6th
b-struck out for Diekman in the 7th
c-struck out for Valdes in the 4th
Batting
2B - Hunter Pence (15, McDonald)
3B - Jimmy Rollins (3, Hughes)
HR - Chase Utley (1, McDonald), Carlos Ruiz (11, McDonald)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (27), Juan Pierre (16), Chase Utley (1), Carlos Ruiz 2 (43), Hunter Pence (44), Shane Victorino (35)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Utley (1), Carlos Ruiz (18), Hunter Pence (13), Shane Victorino (14)
SB - Juan Pierre (17, 2nd base off McDonald/McKenry), Shane Victorino (19, 2nd base off Hughes/McKenry)
CS - Juan Pierre (3, 2nd base by McDonald/McKenry)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Jimmy Rollins (7, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Raul Valdes (L,2-1) 2233221 3.24
Joe Savery 2.2555221 5.87
Michael Schwimer 1.1400030 4.15
Jacob Diekman 1000020 3.60
Chad Qualls 1333101 4.60
Antonio Bastardo 1000110 3.46
IBB - McKenry by Joe Savery
Pitches-Strikes - Raul Valdes 42-23, Joe Savery 53-30, Michael Schwimer 26-18, Jacob Diekman 13-8, Chad Qualls 35-21, Antonio Bastardo 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Savery 3-3, Jacob Diekman 1-0, Chad Qualls 2-1
Batters Faced - Raul Valdes 9, Joe Savery 15, Michael Schwimer 8, Jacob Diekman 3, Chad Qualls 7, Antonio Bastardo 4
Game Information
Attendance - 44057
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Marvin Hudson