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Recap: Pirates 6, Phillies 4
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 4
Venue: Citizens Bank Park
Date: April 25, 2013 1:05 PM EDT
  

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - If it can go wrong for the Phillies, it is right now.

Gaby Sanchez homered and drove in three runs, and Garrett Jones hit a go-ahead, two-run double to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-4 comeback victory over the struggling Philadelphia Phillies.

Justin Wilson (2-0) pitched two hitless innings in relief of James McDonald and the Pirates won their third straight and 10th in of 13 games. Taking the four-game series gave Pittsburgh its first series win in Philadelphia since April 4-6, 2003 at now demolished Veterans Stadium.

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The slumping Phillies offense scored more than three runs for just the ninth time in 23 games, but this time Cliff Lee and the Philadelphia bullpen couldn't hold on to a late-inning lead.

``We're just not playing good baseball right now,' Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. ``We're in a bad term, or whatever you want to call it. We're trying and we have a lot of life, but we're not getting it done. We're in a period where we're not playing good at all.'

Ryan Howard went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and Domonic Brown had a pair of doubles with an RBI for the Phillies, who have lost three straight and eight of 11. And the frustration was apparent in the eighth inning when Manuel was ejected by third-base umpire Dan Iassogna for arguing that Clint Barmes should have been called out for interference.

``There's still plenty of season left but I would like to see us play better, no doubt,' Lee said. ``It's a concern. We have to play a better game.'

With Lee pitching well, the Phillies carried a 3-1 lead into the seventh but the lefty gave up two-out RBI singles to Sanchez and Michael McKenry.

``That's where I have to do a good job of keeping the lead,' said Lee, adding that both RBIs were broken-bat hits. ``I felt like I made some decent pitches. Things went their way that inning.'

Manuel thought about lifting Lee after Sanchez's hit and made a trip to the mound, but the pitcher said he felt fine despite having thrown 114 pitches to that point.

``I never want to come out of a game, especially in the middle of an inning,' said Lee, who allowed three runs on 10 hits while striking out seven and walking one. ``I'm glad he gave me the chance. I felt like I made pitches but the ball went their way.'

The Pirates took the lead in the eighth off reliever Phillippe Aumont.

Jones, pinch-hitting for Brandon Inge, laced a double off the wall in right with one out against Aumont (1-3) to put the Pirates ahead 5-3. After striking out Jose Tabata to start the inning, Aumont hit Barmes with a pitch and allowed consecutive singles to Travis Snider and Starling Marte to load the bases with one out.

Chad Durbin replaced Aumont and gave up Sanchez's sacrifice fly that made it 6-3.

Asked if it's frustrating for the team right now, Aumont said, ``Yeah, obviously, we're trying to get out of it and get on a roll.'

The three-run lead was plenty for the stingy Pirates bullpen, which entered second in the majors with a 1.78 ERA. Tony Watson pitched the last two innings for his first career save while closer Jason Grilli had the day off.

``We all know our roles,' Sanchez said. ``We just want to stay ready.'

The Phillies scored a pair of runs in the sixth on Howard's RBI single and Brown's sacrifice fly. Earlier, in the fifth, Lee tried to steal second base after reaching on an infield single in the fifth, but was thrown out.

``Basically I had it,' Lee said. ``I just got too antsy and took off too early.'

McDonald allowed three runs and five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in five-plus innings.

Brown hit a blooper that fell in for an RBI double in the fourth that made it 1-0 before Sanchez tied it with a leadoff homer in the sixth.

It was the third homer in the last three starts for Sanchez, who is batting .533 (8-for-15) in his last seven games.

``I wasn't thinking homer, I was hoping more for something to right-center and I was able to hit it out,' Sanchez said. ``I'm feeling good at the plate.'

Notes: Manuel's ejection was his first of the season and 51st of his 12-year managerial career. Slumping Phillies OF Ben Revere didn't start for the first time this season. He is batting .207 with 14 strikeouts in 87 at_bats. Ezequiel Carrera went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in his place. ... Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 3.28) is scheduled to face Pirates righty Dillon Gee (1-3, 5.95) when the teams open a three-game set in New York on Friday night.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Pirates at Phillies
Mon, Apr 22 Final 2 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Pirates at Phillies
Tue, Apr 23 Final 2 to 0
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Pirates at Phillies
Wed, Apr 24 Final 5 to 3
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GAME 4
Pirates at Phillies
Thu, Apr 25 Final 6 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 PIT  +168   -140   7 
 PHI  -178   +120   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 PIT  +165   -130   7 
 PHI  -190   +110   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 PIT  25%   6%   61% 
 PHI  75%   94%   39% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Apr 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 5 Cover: +105 
 PHI 3 Over: 8 
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 Apr 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 2 Cover: +141 
 PHI 0 Under: 2 
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 Apr 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 2 Under: 5 
 PHI 3 Cover: +108 
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 Mar 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 1 Over: 3 
 PHI 2 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PHI 5 Cover: +100 
 PIT 0 Over: 5 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Thursday, Apr 25
 
    Royals at Tigers
1:05 PM EDT
    Pirates at Phillies
1:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
    Astros at Red Sox
6:30 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Yankees
7:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Cubs at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
    Rays at White Sox
8:10 PM EDT
    Rangers at Twins
8:10 PM EDT
    Rockies at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
    Orioles at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Angels at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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