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Phillies top Pirates in 10th for sweep

Raul Ibanez
Raul Ibanez beat the Pirates on Sunday with a double in the 10th inning.
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PHILADELPHIA (AP)

On a trade-deadline weekend when Pittsburgh traditionally looks to deal players, the acquisitions of Ryan Ludwick and Derrek Lee show the Pirates are serious about making a run at the NL Central title.

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Now that the Pirates are out of Philadelphia, maybe they can add some wins to go with those new bats.

Ludwick and Lee join a feel-good Pirates team that is starting to slide down the Central standings. Raul Ibanez's two homers helped the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pirates 6-5 in 10 innings on Sunday and finish a three-game sweep.

''We played harder, smarter and we scrapped,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''We just couldn't put it away.''

The Phillies trailed 5-3 in the eighth when Ibanez hit a two-run shot for his second homer of the game. He doubled to right off Tony Watson (0-2) in the 10th to score Hunter Pence and help the Phillies complete a three-game sweep.

''We stay together and pull together when we need to,'' Ibanez said.

Antonio Bastardo (4-0) struck out one in a scoreless inning to earn the win.

Ibanez hit a solo homer in the second off Pirates starter Jeff Karstens and his tying blast was off Jose Veras. The Phillies are a season-high 29 games over .500 (68-39) and swept their fifth series of the season.

Pence, acquired Friday from Houston, hit a one-out double in the 10th and Ibanez followed with his 21st double of the season. The Phillies increased their lead to six games over Atlanta in the NL East and are starting to pull away.

''It's electric,'' Pence said. ''Everyone has a different charisma about them where you expect it to happen.''

The Pirates, trying to keep pace in a crowded division race, left Philadelphia reeling but with two new bats. A day after they traded for Lee, the Pirates acquired outfielder Ludwick from the San Diego Padres.

The Pirates hope Lee and Ludwick can get them back on track. Ludwick led the Padres in homers and RBIs and leaves a team that was 16 games under .500 entering Sunday.

Hurdle was glad to add another bat with some pop to the lineup.

''He plays hard and will be a big help for our ballclub,'' he said.

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Lyle Overbay hit a two-run homer and Karstens pitched seven solid innings for the Pirates.

On the brink of losing his starting first baseman's job, Overbay connected on a two-run shot off Phillies starter Vance Worley in the sixth for a 4-3 lead. Overbay, a disappointment in his first season with the Pirates, will hit the bench once Lee joins the team. Lee, acquired from Baltimore on Saturday, should take over at first when the Pirates return home.

The Pirates then got Ludwick from the Padres for a player to be named or cash.

Ludwick batted .238 with a team-leading 11 home runs and 64 RBIs in 378 at-bats. He was scratched two minutes before the start of the Padres game Sunday against Colorado.

''I'm excited because I've got another chance to make the playoffs, going to a team that's in the pennant race, back in the Central to an area I'm familiar with,'' Ludwick said. ''It's just sad things didn't work out here.''

Karstens got a big boost when Overbay connected to right to put the Pirates ahead. It was one of the few times this season Overbay delivered in the clutch as the Pirates hoped when they signed him a one-year deal in the offseason.

The veteran first baseman was signed to provide Pittsburgh's offense with some much-needed pop, but he has struggled in hitter-friendly PNC Park. He entered the Philadelphia series with just one RBI since July 4, or two fewer than pitcher Kevin Correia. Overbay was batting only .217 in July and was 2 for 22 in his last eight games entering Sunday.

With Lee on the way, he was scheduled to join the team Monday, Overbay should find himself on the bench.

Asked for an interview, Overbay said, ''As long as it's not about the Derrek Lee trade.''

He later said he didn't know what was ahead for him after a talk with manager Clint Hurdle.

The Pirates open a seven-game game homestand Monday against the Cubs.

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After allowing 17 runs to the Phillies in the first two games of the series, Karstens turned in a nice little outing. But the Pirates couldn't solve.

''They have a bunch of answers,'' Hurdle said. ''Today, it was Ibanez.''

He hit his 15th homer in the second, a solo shot, for a 1-0 lead and Jimmy Rollins singled in two runs in the fifth that gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead.

The Pirates scored another run in seventh on Garrett Jones' RBI double off reliever Brad Lidge. Xavier Paul had a two-RBI single in the fifth.

Notes: The Pirates transferred C Ryan Doumit to the 60-day disabled list. ... Karstens has a 1.94 ERA over his last six road starts.

Tagged: Orioles, Phillies, Pirates, Padres, Raul Ibanez, Derrek Lee, Ryan Ludwick, Lyle Overbay, Jeff Karstens, Hunter Pence, Vance Worley

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