Roy Halladay was excellent for the third straight time, but the Phillies' bullpen failed them, allowing four runs in innings 7-9 in a 5-3 loss to the Pirates.
Leading 3-2 in the top of the eighth, the Phils turned to Mike Adams, who had allowed just two runs in 10 outings. He walked Jose Tabata, and Starling Marte reached on an infield single. Travis Snider smoked a single to right to tie the game, and Brandon Inge put Pittsburgh ahead two batters later with an RBI single against Jeremy Horst.
It was just the second time in 369 career appearances that Adams allowed at least four baserunners without recording an out.
The loss drops the Phillies to 9-13. They had scoring opportunities again, but went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position and wasted a first-and-third, no-out situation for the second straight night. The Phils also did it earlier this season in the ninth inning against the Cardinals.
Chase Utley, in his first appearance in the two-hole, hit a towering homer to the second deck in right field. Ryan Howard hit one to a similar spot in the fourth.
The Phillies hit Wandy Rodriguez (9 hits, 2 BBs, 3 ER in 5.2 IP) but were stymied again by the Bucs' 8-9 combo of Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli.
Michael Young had his 14-game hit streak snapped. Young had exactly one hit in each of the last 12 games of the streak.
Young and Ben Revere each hit into double plays, giving the Phillies an NL-leading 23. For Young, it was his major-league leading 7th GIDP. It was Revere's fourth of the season; he had just eight all of last year.
Revere is not an ideal seventh batter. He continues to come up in RBI spots and he just isn't that guy. Everything he hits is on the ground. He came in with by far the highest groundball rate in MLB (75.8%) and he hit three grounders and an infield fly.
It's crazy looking at Revere's game log. He's put the ball in the air in consecutive at-bats just TWO times all season.