Marte's RBI single in 13th lifts Pirates past Phillies, 1-0
PITTSBURGH (AP) Just about everyone got to share in this shutout.
Starling Marte's single in the bottom of the 13th drove in Chris Stewart and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 Friday night.
The Phillies were kept scoreless by seven pitchers, marking the first time since at least 1914 - as far back as STATS could check - for that many Pittsburgh relievers to combine on a shutout.
''It was a wonderful game to watch,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
Even if it was one that ended exactly six hours after the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start.
A passing rainstorm delayed its start by 86 minutes and Marte finally ended it with a two-out chopper up the middle off Dustin McGowan (1-2). Backup catcher Stewart came around from second, beating Ben Revere's throw from center to send the Phillies to their fourth consecutive defeat and move the Pirates into second place in the NL Central.
''I slid into home and I was excited,'' said Stewart, the Pirates' final available position player who reached via a one-out, pinch-hit single. ''I couldn't wait to get out there with Marty and celebrate.''
Jeff Locke, Arquimedes Caminero, Tony Watson, Mark Melancon, Jared Hughes, Rob Scahill and Antonio Bastardo (1-1) combined on Pittsburgh's fifth shutout of the season and first that had lasted at least 13 innings at home since Aug. 29, 1914, according to information provided to the Pirates by the Elias Sports Bureau.
''It came down to one hit that found the hole with the man on base,'' Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. ''It took a long time to get that, and we came up on the short end.''
Philadelphia's first six pitchers combined for 11 scoreless innings, the first 5 2/3 coming from veteran Kevin Correia in his season debut.
Josh Harrison had four hits to match a career high, including Pittsburgh's lone extra-base hit - a two-out double in the fourth.
A pitcher's duel seemed improbable with the Phillies turning to a starter signed to his third organization in three months earlier this week in Correia.
But Correia and Locke, Pittsburgh's No. 5 starter, combined for 11 2/3 scoreless innings, albeit not without baserunners. Philadelphia left six men on base over the first three innings, and eight of the 17 runners Pittsburgh stranded in the game were put on base by Correia.
The Phillies have lost seven of eight and 17 of 22. Their lineup Friday did not include regulars Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Freddy Galvis and Carlos Ruiz.
Pirates: Pittsburgh hasn't had a player put onto the disabled list since May 6.
Pirates starting pitchers are still on quite the wave of success, though a rare streak came to an end Friday. Starters had accounted for each of the past 17 Pittsburgh victories dating to May 11 before reliever Bastardo got the latest win. That was the longest such Pirates streak since 1987. Still, Pittsburgh starters are 14-3 with a 2.30 ERA over the past 20 games.
After coming back from down 3-0 in the count and striking out Jordy Mercer with the bases loaded to end the eighth, Phillies reliever Ken Giles drew the ire of Sandberg, Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa and pitching coach Bob McClure. Television cameras caught each one yelling the face of a seated and visibly agitated Giles, who yelled back at times.
''There was some frustration and some game situation. Talked about some game situations,'' Sandberg said in an apparent attempt to diffuse the situation, adding that it was'' taken care of in-house.''
Giles did not speak with reporters after the game.
Sandberg was asked if he liked when players showed emotion on the field.
''I do like to have players with emotions. There's a time and a place and a situation to show that.''
Pirates: RHP Gerrit Cole will try to take over the majors' lead in wins with his 10th on Saturday. Cole, who has won each of his past four starts, won in Philadelphia on May 11.
Phillies: RHP Sean O'Sullivan lost against Pittsburgh on May 12 at Citizens Bank Park. C Francisco Cervelli, tops in the NL with a .356 average since May 1, had two doubles in that win for the Pirates.