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Pirates 5, Phillies 3

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PHILADELPHIA -- Wandy Rodriguez didn't have his best stuff so the hitters bailed him out.

Pinch hitter Brandon Inge hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 Wednesday night.

Roy Halladay pitched six innings of one-hit ball and Chase Utley and Ryan Howard hit upper-deck solo homers off Rodriguez, but Mike Adams (1-2) couldn't protect an eighth-inning lead.

Pedro Alvarez hit a solo homer off Antonio Bastardo in the seventh and his RBI single in the fourth was the only hit off Halladay.

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Rodriguez remained unbeaten over 11 starts since Aug. 29, 2012. The left-hander was nearly untouchable in his first three starts, allowing just one earned run and five hits in 16 innings. He allowed three runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings and got a no-decision.

"He wasn't as sharp as the last two times," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "The cold weather was gone and the ball was traveling well. He gave us what we needed."

Halladay struck out eight and walked two in his third consecutive strong start after two awful ones.

Vin Mazzaro (1-0) retired the four batters he faced to earn the win. Mark Melancon worked the eighth and Jason Grilli finished for his ninth save in nine tries.

Down 3-2, the Pirates came back against Adams in the eighth.

Pinch hitter Jose Tabata walked to start the inning and Starling Marte reached on an infield single. Travis Snider failed to get a bunt down, but then lined a tying RBI single. Andrew McCutchen walked to load the bases.

Jeremy Horst replaced Adams and allowed an RBI single to Inge that put the Pirates up 4-3. Horst then retired Neil Walker on a home-to-first double-play grounder to first baseman Howard.

"I'll do whatever they want me to do," Inge said.

Marte hit a bloop triple off Utley's glove in shallow right to make it 5-3 in the ninth.

"We try to play until the end no matter the score," Alvarez said. "That's a very good team, so it was a big win, huge really."

After Jimmy Rollins was thrown out by McCutchen trying to stretch a hit into a double in the first, Utley drove a 1-0 pitch into the second deck in right field for the Phillies' first homer off a lefty this season.

Utley batted second for the first time this year as manager Charlie Manuel mixed up his lineup after a 2-0 loss. Michael Young moved into Utley's No. 3 spot.

Halladay got into two-out trouble in the fourth after walking Garrett Jones and hitting Walker with a pitch. Alvarez, just 9 for 61 to that point, then singled in a run.

Howard drove an 0-2 pitch several rows deep into the second deck in right field to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead in the fourth. The 435-foot blast was only Howard's second homer.

Rodriguez retired the first two batters in the sixth before Ben Revere reached on an infield single. Humberto Quintero followed with a single and pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen's RBI single made it 3-1.

The Phillies squandered several opportunities.

They had runners on second and third with one out in the fourth, but Revere popped out. After an intentional walk, Halladay struck out.

It was first and third with no outs in the fifth after Rollins led off with a double and Utley put down a perfect drag bunt. But Young hit into a second-to-home double play because Rollins initially held up on a sharp bouncer to left and then broke for the plate.

"We had a lot of opportunities to score," Utley said. "You're not going to capitalize on every one, but it's time to start."

Halladay, coming off an injury-plagued, subpar season, raised concerns when he struggled this spring and then allowed 12 runs and 12 hits in 7 1/3 innings in his first two starts. But two-time Cy Young Award winner appears to be back to his old form. He has a 1.71 ERA in his last three starts.

Notes

Young was 0 for 4 to snap his 14-game hitting streak. ... Halladay is 4-1 with a 1.04 ERA in seven career starts against Pittsburgh. ... Phillies OF Delmon Young will continue his rehab assignment at Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday. Young, who had ankle surgery, is playing right field after being a designated hitter for Detroit last year. ... Phillies C Carlos Ruiz will play for Double-A Reading on Friday and Saturday before joining the team in New York on Sunday when he's eligible to be activated following a 25-game suspension. ... Philadelphia's Cliff Lee (2-1, 2.83 ERA) faces James McDonald (2-2, 4.12) when the teams wrap up the four-game series on Thursday afternoon.

 
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Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Pittsburgh

P. Alvarez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starling Marte, LF4121110 .329
Travis Snider, RF4011011 .308
    Mark Melancon, P0000000 .000
   a- Michael McKenry, PH1000001 .333
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
Andrew McCutchen, CF3000111 .234
Garrett Jones, 1B2100121 .286
   b- Brandon Inge, PH-1B1011000 .400
Neil Walker, 2B3000001 .253
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4122012 .172
Russell Martin, C4000012 .226
John McDonald, SS2000000 .067
   c- Gaby Sanchez, PH1000000 .250
    Clint Barmes, SS1110000 .148
Wandy Rodriguez, P2000010 .000
    Vin Mazzaro, P0000000 .000
   d- Jose Tabata, PH-RF1100100 .161
Totals3357548  
a-flied out for Melancon in the 9th
b-singled for G. Jones in the 8th
c-grounded out for McDonald in the 7th
d-walked for Mazzaro in the 8th
Batting
3B - Starling Marte (3, Horst)
HR - Pedro Alvarez (4, Bastardo)
RBI - Starling Marte (9), Travis Snider (5), Brandon Inge (2), Pedro Alvarez 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Starling Marte (3), Pedro Alvarez (1)
SB - Starling Marte 2 (5, 2nd base off Halladay/Quintero, 3rd base off Halladay/Quintero)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Andrew McCutchen 1
DP - Alvarez-Walker-Martin, Barmes-Walker-Inge
PB - Russell Martin (3)
E - Neil Walker (2, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wandy Rodriguez 5.2933252 1.66
Vin Mazzaro (W,1-0) 1.1000000 0.00
Mark Melancon (H,8) 1100000 0.69
Jason Grilli (S,9) 1000010 0.00
IBB - Quintero by Wandy Rodriguez
HBP - Carrera (by Jason Grilli)
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 105-63, Vin Mazzaro 11-8, Mark Melancon 11-7, Jason Grilli 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 8-3, Vin Mazzaro 2-2, Mark Melancon 2-0
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 27, Vin Mazzaro 4, Mark Melancon 3, Jason Grilli 4
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS5020013 .267
Chase Utley, 2B5121011 .308
Michael Young, 3B4000010 .316
Ryan Howard, 1B4111011 .273
John Mayberry Jr., RF3000100 .265
Domonic Brown, LF4020000 .224
Ben Revere, CF4110003 .207
Humberto Quintero, C2010101 .313
   a- Laynce Nix, PH1000000 .265
Roy Halladay, P2000023 .000
   b- Kevin Frandsen, PH1011000 .308
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Horst, P0000000 .000
   c- Ezequiel Carrera, PH0000000 .125
Totals35310326  
a-flied out for Quintero in the 9th
b-singled for Halladay in the 6th
c-hit by pitch for Horst in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (8, Rodriguez)
HR - Chase Utley (4, Rodriguez), Ryan Howard (2, Rodriguez)
RBI - Chase Utley (16), Ryan Howard (7), Kevin Frandsen (4)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Frandsen (4)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Howard-Quintero
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roy Halladay 6111280 5.08
Antonio Bastardo (H,2) 1111001 1.08
Mike Adams (BS,1; L,1-2)0222200 4.00
Jeremy Horst 2311000 6.52
HBP - Walker (by Roy Halladay)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 95-57, Antonio Bastardo 16-12, Mike Adams 21-12, Jeremy Horst 27-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 7-3, Antonio Bastardo 2-1, Jeremy Horst 3-2
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 22, Antonio Bastardo 4, Mike Adams 4, Jeremy Horst 8
Game Information
Attendance - 32158
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Brian Knight