Pirates' winning streak ends at three after 3-2 loss to Phillies
April 23, 2013 6:15 AM
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The Pirates' Russell Martin, left, walks back to the plate while the Phillies' Jonathan Pettibone, center, celebrates with Ryan Howard after scoring on a wild pitch from A.J. Burnett in the third inning.
By Bill Brink Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PHILADELPHIA -- The Pirates brought their power game to Citizens Bank Park Monday night.
The Phillies left their power bats at home, but they didn't need them to end the Pirates' three-game winning streak with 3-2 win Monday night. The Phillies scratched out three runs without an extra-base hit and took advantage of singles, walks and a wild pitch. Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin homered, but those were the only runs the Pirates scored.
Jared Hughes allowed the go-ahead run in the sixth inning during a two-out rally. Hughes walked Erik Kratz and allowed a single to pinch-hitter Ezequiel Carrera. Jimmy Rollins singled to right to score Kratz. Rollins went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.
The Phillies' starting pitcher, right-hander Jonathan Pettibone, made his major league debut Monday night. In 26 starts between Class AA and Class AAA in 2012, Pettibone, 22, compiled a 3.10 ERA in 159 2/3 innings. Pettibone's father, Jay, was a professional pitcher. In 1984, while playing for the Class AA Orlando Twins, Jay Pettibone played for current Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.
Pettibone did not walk a batter in 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, both home runs, and striking out six.
Pirates starter A.J. Burnett battled his control through most of the night. He made it through five innings, allowing two runs, one on a hit batter and one on a wild pitch. He threw 101 pitches, 59 for strikes, and walked three batters.
Burnett struck out seven batters, giving him a National League-leading 42 in 29 innings this season.
Pedro Alvarez lined Pettibone's 1-0 changeup just over the wall in right field near the foul pole for his third home run of the season in the second inning.
Burnett walked Pettibone to lead off bottom of the third, and it burned him. Rollins' single advanced Pettibone to second and he took third when John Mayberry Jr. grounded to short. Burnett threw a wild pitch to Chase Utley that allowed Pettibone to score and tie the game at 1-1.
Burnett put himself in trouble again in the fourth. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs, but the bottom of the order was due up. Kratz struck out after a 10-pitch at-bat and Pettibone went down swinging. On the verge of escape, Burnett hit Jimmy Rollins to force home a run and give the Phillies a 2-1 lead.
Burnett threw 35 pitches in the fourth inning.
Russell Martin tied the game in the fifth with his second home run of the season. Pettibone grooved a 3-2 fastball and Martin was ready for it, tying the game at 2-2. Martin went 2 for 3 and extended his hitting streak to seven games.