VIDEO: Phillies bullpen shuts door in 3-2 win over Pirates
Jimmy Rollins' 7th inning, 2-out RBI single proved the difference in a 3-2 Phillies' victory over the Pirates on a chilly night at Citizens Bank Park.
Temperatures were freefalling through the 40s with a stiff breeze from right field as the two teams opened up their four game set with a cold night at the plate from both offenses with runners in scoring position.
The Phillies scored their first two runs on a wild pitch which plated the debuting Jonathan Pettibone in the 3rd inning and a bases-loaded plunking of Rollins in the 4th.
The bottom of the 6th started with a pair of groundouts before Erik Kratz drew a walk. Ezquiel Cabrera then pinch-hit for Pettibone and singled, bringing Rollins up with two on. Rollins was able to connect on a Jared Hughes offering and slice it to right field, bringing home Kratz for the eventual winning run.
Rollins' two RBI pushes him to 7, tied with Kratz for second-highest in the Phillies' starting lineup Tuesday, and puts him at 800 for his career.
Pittsburgh managed a pair of solo home runs from Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin off of Pettibone, but otherwise the rookie pitched well in his major league debut, going 5 1/3 innings giving up six hits and the two runs while striking out 6. Pettibone earned a no decision in the rotation spot vacated due to John Lannan's trip to the disabled list.
Jonathan becamse the youngest Phillies starter to make his debut (22 years, 277 days) since Scott Mathieson (22, 110) on June 17, 2006 and his six strikeouts is the most by a Phillies' newbie since Cole Hamels struck out seven in that same year according to Elias Sports Bureau.
After Pettibone, the Phillies' bullpen went to work, with Raul Valdes getting back-to-back strikeouts to finish the 6th. Antonio Bastardo and Mike Adams then each worked scoreless innings, setting the scene for Jonathan Papelbon.
Papelbon gave up a one-out double to Garrett Jones to get himself in trouble, but forced Walker to fly out before getting Alvarez looking to end the 2:53 hour game played in front of 35,385. The Phillies closer now has four saves, and his a perfect 55-for-55 in April for his career.
The teams combined to go 2-for-19 with runners in scoring position, with the Pirates not taking advantage on any of their eight chances.
Valdes' work in the 6th inning earned him a win for his first decision of the season, while Jared Hughes (1-2) served up Rollins' hit and earned the loss.
Pirates' starter AJ Burnett struck out seven in five innings to stretch his National League lead to 42 in 29 innings of work.
Michael Young's 4th inning infield single pushed his hitting streak to 13, the second longest in the majors this season.
The Keystone State rivals continue their four-game set Tuesday night at 7:05 when Cole Hamels (0-2) faces off with Jeff Locke (1-1).
Copyright © Sep 17, 2014, WDEL/Delmarva Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved.
Advanced permission from Delmarva Broadcasting Company required for publication or rebroadcast.