Phillies cap homestand with win over Pirates

BY foxsports • July 12, 2009

Pedro Feliz provided the offense, J.A. Happ kept the Pirates in check, and in a span of little more than a week the Phillies have gotten themselves on track.

Feliz hit a first-inning grand slam, and Happ allowed one run in seven innings to help Philadelphia cap a 9-1 homestand with a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday. The winning run has erased much of the misery of the 4-14 stretch that preceded it.

"We came off of a real down spell, came home and won some games here," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. "We've been able to put a little streak together before the break."

The Phillies, who won their fifth straight, scored five times in the first off rookie Virgil Vazquez.

Happ (6-0) welcomed the support and handcuffed the Pirates most of the afternoon. The left-hander recorded his fifth straight strong outing, compiling a 2.00 ERA during that span and solidifying a spot in the starting rotation. Happ began the season in the bullpen, but has since switched spots with Chan Ho Park, a move that has worked out well for both.



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