Preview: Before the season, this looked like a good chance for the Phillies to gain ground in the playoff race. But as July comes to a close, the 54-49 Pittsburgh Pirates are in the thick of things as they visit Philadelphia for a key three-game series. Charlie Morton (8-5, 3.69) and Roy Halladay (12-4, 2.55) have kick things off tonight at 7:05. The Phillies have lost six of their last eight to the Buccos, but the Phillies are 11-2 in their past 13 games against them at the Bank, where Halladay has won 10-consecutive home starts. Pittsburgh trails Milwaukee by 1.5 games in the National League central while the Phillies hold a 5-game edge over the Braves, who lost 5-2 to these same Pirates. ... Dom Brown is still here and bats second. Wilson Valdez mans third and hits eighth.