PITTSBURGH (AP) — Philadelphia’s Didi Gregorius ran home when an ambitious throw from first to third by Pittsburgh’s Michael Chavis widened the target at the top of the 10th inning, helping the Phillies on Saturday night. Helped beat the Pirates 2-1.
Philadelphia’s Rhys Hoskins led 10th with a sharp grounder for Chavis at first base. Instead of stepping on the bag for an out, Chavis tried to bite Gregorius, running from second to third.
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Throw handcuffed Pittsburgh third baseman K’Brien Hayes and rolled into the wrong field, causing a sliding Gregorius to pop up and sprint across the plate to put the Phillies in front.
Corey Nebel (3-5) took the win after playing two innings without a score. He started the top 10, picking Pirates rookie O’Neill Cruz at second base, then retiring the last two batters as Philadelphia reached a season-high match of .500 (54–47) seven games ahead.
JT Realmuto had two of Philadelphia’s six hits, with his 10th home run of the season leading up to sixth.
Pittsburgh’s Cal Mitchell tied the game with his fourth home run in the seventh, turning a 99 mph fastball off Jose Alvardo and sending it into the seats of right field. Chavis had two singles for the Pirates, which were limited to four hits. Yeri de los Santos took the defeat (0-3). The Pirates have lost six games in a row and 11 out of 13 games.
Philadelphia Ranger Suarez worked six shutout innings as he neared the anniversary of his transition from reliever to starter. Suárez previously faced and faced 11 Pirates and surrendered three singles with a walk and a hit batter, while hitting a season-high eight and reducing his ERA to 3.60.
While Suarez was cruising extensively, Pittsburgh’s Mitch Keller worked everywhere on the scoreboard.
Keller needed 26 pitches to get through a base-loaded first-inning jam and some heads-up defense, despite dropping a bevy of hard-hitting balls to become more efficient.
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Second baseman Diego Castillo doubled first Bryson Stott to finish second after catching a line drive from Matt Weirling. K’Brien Hayes caught Schwarber in a run-down between the second and third in the third inning after making a diving backhand stop and then threw the first throw, a move that sent Schwarber too far from seconds to land and no man’s land. Caught floating in
The game was still scoreless in the sixth when Realmuto sent a 94 mph fastball to the 21-foot-high Clemente Wall to put the Phillies in front. Keller retired the next three batsmen and walked out after allowing one run on five hits, bringing down his ERA to 4.37 with three walks and three strikes, the lowest in all seasons.
Phillies: Placed RHP Kyle Gibson on a bereavement list following the death of his grandmother. Gibson will miss his next scheduled start against Milwaukee on Tuesday. Interim manager Rob Thomson said the team would have a “bullpen” day instead of a day off Jack Wheeler’s next start. Reliever Mark Appel, the top pick in the 2013 draft, who finally made his major league debut in June, was recalled from Triple-A Leigh Valley. … SS Jean Segura (broken right forefinger) had nine innings at second base on both Saturday and Sunday in the Leh Valley.
Pirates: LHP Chase de Jong (knee) threw a bullpen session on Saturday and will be re-evaluated on Sunday. De Jong joined the 10-day injured list with knee tendonitis on July 17.
The series will conclude on Sunday. Aaron Nola (6-8, 3.32 ERA) starts for the Phillies against Pittsburgh’s JT Brubaker (2-8, 3.96).
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