National League Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Philadelphia|
(Monday, June 25th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 8, Pittsburgh 3
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run home run as
the Philadelphia Phillies took an 8-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the
opener of a four-game set.
Carlos Ruiz went 3-for-5 with three runs scored while Hunter Pence added two
hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Phillies, who were coming off a pair of
losses to Tampa Bay in a Sunday doubleheader.
Joe Blanton (7-6) gave up three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits with a
walk and eight strikeouts over seven innings to win his third straight
"The guys helped me out early and it allows you to make some mistakes," said
Blanton. "You can go right at guys more and if you give up a run it's not too
bad because you know you have a lead."
Jose Tabata hit a solo home run and scored twice while Andrew McCutchen and
Clint Barmes each drove in a run for the Pirates, who have dropped their past
Jeff Karstens (0-2) was touched for seven runs -- six earned -- on 11 hits
over just five innings. He made his first appearance on the mound since April
17 as he was suffering from right shoulder inflammation and a hip ailment.
Thanks to three errors from the Pirates in the first inning, the Phillies put
four runs on the board. Rollins led off the inning with a double down the
first base line and moved to third on Juan Pierre's sac bunt. Pence followed
with a single to score Rollins. Ruiz then punched a single to right that saw
Tabata' throw to third go high. Pedro Alvarez was able to get the ball, but he
then threw it away himself as his toss to second went into the outfield,
allowing Pence to race home.
Shane Victorino then singled to center to plate Ruiz and came home himself as
a single to right from Placido Polanco saw Tabata try to get Victorino at
third, but the ball went wild again and it was a 4-0 game.
"We didn't defend the ball in that first inning," said Pittsburgh manager
Clint Hurdle. "That complicated things a lot and it put us in an early hole."
The Pirates got one back in the third on Tabata's one-out, solo homer to
right, but the Phillies answered in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single
from Polanco that scored Ruiz.
Pittsburgh scored another in the fourth when Neil Walker led off with a double
and scored later in the inning on an RBI single from Barmes, but Rollins made
it a 7-2 game in the bottom of the inning when, with Mike Fontenot on base, he
crushed a pitch off the Budweiser sign in right field for his eighth homer of
McCutchen singled home Tabata in the fifth, but that was it for the Pirates
offense as they managed just two singles and a walk for the rest of the game
and Ty Wigginton's bases loaded walk in the seventh gave the Phils a five-run
Pittsburgh catcher Rod Barajas left the game in the second inning with a bone
bruise to his left knee...Karstens was activated from the disabled list before
the game and the team optioned pitcher Bryan Morris to Triple-A
Indianapolis....The Phillies placed catcher Brian Schneider on the 15-day
disabled list with a right ankle sprain and called up catcher Erik Kratz from
Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday...Philadelphia has won six of the last eight
against Pittsburgh...Blanton improved to 2-1 in six games against the
Pirates...It was Karstens' first decision in seven games against Philadelphia.
06/26 00:44:28 ET