Garrett Jones' two-out, two-run jack in the eighth spoiled a terrific night by J.A. Happ, proving to be the difference in the Pirates' 3-2 victory in the series' rubber match.
Beautiful park. Ugly results. In front of a sea of red, the Phillies fell to 11-17 lifetime at PNC Park in a series that will be remembered for a pair of late-inning losses, blown saves and poor production. This one boiled down to a single pitch that caught too much of Jones' happy zone. Nevertheless, three runs over eight frames means Happ did his job and the offense did not. The Phils had juicy chances to pile on Charlie Morton early, but settled for the minimum, loading the bases with nobody out in the first and banging out a whole run. They also wasted a scoring opportunity in the fourth; all told, the Phils were 3-for-28 with runners in scoring position this series. The Phils got their other run via Paul Bako's second homer of the season in a 2-for-2 night by the catch-and-throw backup. Jimmy Rollins went 3-for-5 and played superb defense. The Bucs' other run came on Andrew McCutchen's second homer of the series. Credit Pittsburgh: they fought the better fight.
With the loss, coupled by Atlanta's win, the Phils hold a seven-game lead over the Marlins and Braves headed into their weekend series with Atlanta. They finish the road trip a mildly disappointing 4-3, getting plenty of starting pitching, but not enough hitting or relief.
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