Pirates 2, Phillies 1(12)

All season, the Philadelphia Phillies have waited to have their

entire everyday lineup available.

Friday, they finally got it. What it didn’t get was any

sustained offense.

Cole Hamels allowed only one hit in eight innings, but the

Phillies managed only six hits in a 2-1, 12-inning loss to the

Pittsburgh Pirates.

”We didn’t hit,” Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said.

”We need to score some runs. Hamels pitched very good. The bullpen

was good. We went five innings where we didn’t square a ball up. We

went 15 outs and didn’t hit a ball on the nose.”

Jose Tabata hit a game-ending single with two outs in the 12th

inning as the Phillies lost their third consecutive game for only

the second time this season.

Philadelphia has scored only four runs in those three games.

”I think this lineup is going to hit,” Manuel said. ”It has

to hit. I’ve got confidence in those guys hitting. I’ve seen those

guys hit for four or five years, some of those guys for six or

seven years. I don’t see any reason why we won’t hit. We can get

started any time we want, though. That’s how I look at it. I like

the lineup.”

Outfielder Shane Victorino was activated from the disabled list

Friday; he, Chase Utley, Ruiz and Domonic Brown had all missed

parts of the season thus far with injury.

But having all their regulars available did little to help an

offense that ranks a pedestrian 18th in the majors in runs.

”It’s good to have everyone together,” Hamels said. ”Now we

need to try to keep guys healthy, go out and play to the best of

our ability and try to get on a positive roll.”

Tabata smacked a sinking liner off of Danys Baez (1-3) toward

the hole on the right side that a lunging Utley got a glove on but

could not handle. Right fielder Ben Francisco’s throw was not in

time, giving Tabata his second RBI of the game when Xavier Paul

scored from second. Paul had singled with two outs and stole a

base.

Pittsburgh won for the third time in four games.

Hamels and Jeff Karstens had dueling one-hitters going through

five innings.

”I really felt fortunate to get out of it by giving up only one

run,” Hamels said. ”I wasn’t happy about how I executed my

pitches. A lot of guys hit balls hard but they were right at guys.

We played good defense and that saved me.”

Daniel Moskos (1-0) earned his first major league win for

Pittsburgh.

Moskos worked a perfect top of the 12th – surviving a Carlos

Ruiz fly to the warning track in right-center.

The crowd of 33,861 was the Pirates’ third-largest of the season

– heavily aided by several thousand Phillies fans who had made the

cross-state drive.

Jimmy Rollins led of the game with an infield single, but

Karstens retired 15 of the next 16 he faced.

After Karstens hit Ryan Howard with a pitch later in the first,

the Phillies didn’t have another baserunner until the sixth. They

had two on and none out with the heart of their order coming up,

prompting the sea of red in the stands to start chanting ”Let’s go

Phillies!”

Placido Polanco lined into a double play, but Rollins stole

second, and Utley drove him in when he softly lined a single that

found its way through the right side of the infield.

The Pirates tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the inning

without a hit.

Cedeno led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second by

Karstens. A wild pitch got him to third and he scored when Tabata

flew out to deep right.

Karstens, who had two strikeouts and did not walk a batter,

continued a recent stretch of good Pirates starting pitching. Paul

Maholm allowed six earned runs in Pittsburgh’s previous game

Thursday, snapping a streak of 13 games in which starters allowed

two earned runs or less.

”We know what their starting staff is like, and we know what

our job is: Try to go out there and keep pace with Cole and give

our team a chance to win,” Karstens said. ”It took a little

longer than we wanted but we eventually got the big hit in the

12th.

”It was a fun game,” Karstens said.

Hamels pitched well enough to win what would have been his

fourth consecutive start for the third time in his career and tie

Pittsburgh’s Kevin Correia for the majors’ lead in victories with

eight. He has allowed only 20 earned runs over his past 11

starts.

”He was really sharp, Hamels,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle

said. ”There wasn’t a lot of hittable balls for us.”

NOTES: The walkoff hit was Tabata’s second of the season, the

other coming April 8 against Colorado. … Victorino, out since May

18 with a strained right hamstring, went 0 for 5. … The Pirates

are 21-12 against the Phillies at 10-year-old PNC Park. …

Philadelphia has lost nine of its past 14 road games. … The only

other time Philadelphia lost as many as three in a row was a

four-game skid May 14-17. … .. Rollins stole two bases, extending

the Phillies’ streak to 11 consecutive successful steals and 23 out

of 24.