PITTSBURGH (AP) — Philadelphia’s Didi Gregorius hit a home run when an ambitious throw from first to third by Pittsburgh’s Michael Chavis leading off the top of the 10th inning went wide of the mark, helping the Phillies overcome the Pirates 2-1 Saturday night.
Philadelphia’s Rhys Hoskins led off the 10th with a sharp grounder to Chavis at first base. Instead of stepping on the bag for an out, Chavis tried to cut Gregorious down as he raced from second to third.
The throw handcuffed Pittsburgh third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes and rolled into foul ground, allowing the sliding Gregorius to pop up and sprint to the plate to put the Phillies ahead.
Corey Knebel (3-5) earned the win pitching two scoreless innings. He started the top of the 10th by picking off Pirates rookie Oneil Cruz at second base, then retired the final two batters as Philadelphia matched its season high, moving seven games over .500 (54-47).
JT Realmuto had two of Philadelphia’s six hits, including his 10th home run of the season leading off the sixth.
Pittsburgh’s Cal Mitchell tied the game in the seventh with his fourth home run, spinning a 99 mph fastball from Jose Alvardo and sending it into the right field seats. Chavis had two singles for the Pirates, who were limited to four hits. Gerry De Los Santos took the loss (0-3). The Pirates have lost six straight and 11 of 13.
Philadelphia’s Ranger Suarez went six innings as he approached the one-year anniversary of his move from reliever to starter. Suarez retired the first 11 Pirates he faced and gave up three singles with a walk and a hit while striking out eight on the season and lowering his ERA to 3.60.
While Suarez traveled extensively, Pittsburgh’s Mitch Keller worked everywhere but the scoreboard.
Keller needed 26 pitches to get through a bases-loaded first inning unscathed and became more efficient as he went along despite giving up a number of hard balls, in part to some heads-up defense.
Second baseman Diego Castillo doubled off Bryson Stott from first to end the second after catching a walk from Matt Virling. Ke’Bryan Hayes caught Schwarber on a bunt between second and third in the third inning after he made a backhand stop and then faked a throw to first, a move that caught Schwarber drifting far from second and to reach the country.
The game was still scoreless in the sixth when Realmuto sent a 94 mph fastball just over the 21-foot-tall Clemente Wall to put the Phillies ahead. Keller retired the next three batters and exited after allowing one run on five hits, with three walks and three strikeouts to lower his ERA to 4.37, his lowest all season.
Phillies: Placed RHP Kyle Gibson on the bereavement list following the death of his grandmother. Gibson will miss his next scheduled start Tuesday against Milwaukee. Interim manager Rob Thompson said the team will have a “bubble” instead of hitting Zach Wheeler’s next start one day. Reliever Mark Appel, the top pick in the 2013 draft who finally made his major league debut in June, was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. … SS Jean Segura (broken right index finger) was scheduled to play nine innings at second base both Saturday and Sunday at Lehigh Valley.
Pirates: LHP Chase DeJong (knee) sat out Saturday and will be reevaluated Sunday. De Jong was placed on the 10-day disabled list with knee tendinitis on July 17.
The series concludes 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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