Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Hunter Pence scored the winning run in his second game in a Phillies uniform when Raul Ibanez capped a big day at the plate with an RBI double in the 10th inning, sending Philadelphia over the Pirates, 6-5.
Ibanez went 3-for-5 with four RBI and two home runs, including a game-tying two-run blast in the eighth off Jose Veras.
Antonio Bastardo (4-1) hurled a 1-2-3 top of the 10th, and Pence hit a one-out double into the left-field corner in the bottom half to set the stage for Ibanez, who roped a line drive to right to complete the three-game sweep.
“I was just trying to get a good pitch to hit and hit it hard,” recalled Ibanez. “It was a good game. No one was giving in. Everyone continued to battle.”
Tony Watson (0-2) surrendered the final run to take the loss, Pittsburgh’s fifth in six games.
Pirates starter Jeff Karstens held the Phillies to three runs on seven hits in seven innings and was in line for the win before Veras coughed up Ibanez’s two-run shot in the eighth. Ryan Howard was thrown out at third on a Pence grounder to short prior to the home run.
“Karstens was outstanding. Changed speeds, hit his spots,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “We couldn’t put it away in the eight inning.”
Ibanez put the hosts on the board with his 15th home run of the season in the second frame, and Xavier Paul and Jimmy Rollins traded two-run singles in the fifth.
Lyle Overbay took Vance Worley over the right-field wall for a two-run homer in the sixth, and Garrett Jones doubled off Brad Lidge to plate Eric Fryer for a 5-3 cushion an inning later.
Ibanez had his first multi-home run game since September 8, 2009 and has 14 for his career…Worley had won his previous five starts and had made six straight starts of throwing five-plus innings while allowing one run or fewer before Sunday. He was charged with four runs on seven hits over six innings in the no-decision…The Pirates ended the month 13-13, while the Phillies went 17-8…The Pirates made a trade Saturday for first baseman Derrek Lee and added outfielder Ryan Ludwick in a deal with the Padres on Sunday. Both are expected to join the team during a three-game series with the Cubs, which starts Monday.