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Phillies Vs. Pirates: Philadelphia Falls, 5-4, Loses Series, 2-1

The Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-4, in the series finale on Sunday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The Pirates won the series, 2-1.

After two straight games with only one run produced, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel shook up the lineup. The result was a little better on the scoreboard. Philadelphia scored four runs after only scoring two combined through the first two contests. Unfortunately for the Phillies, the Pirates' bats were hotter on Sunday. Pittsburgh got five runs on 11 hits.

Hunter Pence started the scoring for Philadelphia in the first inning. His double sent Shane Victorino home. Neither team would score until the 4th inning when Pence smashed a solo homer into the left center bleachers. The Phillies lost the shutout in the 5th inning when Pedro Alvarez hit a solo shot for Pittsburgh. Juan Pierre answered for Philadelphia in the 7th inning with a single that sent Ty Wigginton and Freddy Galvis around to score. Alvarez and Casey McGehee were driven in by the Pirates in the bottom of the 7th. The Pirates tied the game at 4 in the bottom of the 8th on a 2-out single. After a scoreless 9th for Philadelphia, the Pirates got the winning run with 2 outs on Andrew McCutchen's walk-off RBI single to deep center field.

Vance Worley got the start for the Phillies and went 6 innings. He gave up five hits and the home run by Alvarez while striking out five and walking one. Kyle Kendrick gave up the only other earned run in the game for the Phillies before the 9th inning. David Herndon took the loss for Philadelphia. He had McCutchen down 0-2 before giving up the game-winning hit on a full count. Antonio Bastardo had the blown save. Joel Hanrahan, who pitched the 9th inning, picked up the win for the Pirates.

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