Philadelphia Phillies overcome 6-0 deficit for critical 12-6 win
Ronald Torreyes smacked a go-ahead, pinch-hit, three-run homer, J.T. Realmuto homered and knocked in four runs off the bench and the host Philadelphia Phillies rallied from a six-run deficit for a 12-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.
Didi Gregorius hit a solo home run and Odubel Herrera had three hits for the Phillies, who won their third in a row and moved within two games of the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National League East.
Bryce Harper walked three times for the Phillies, who improved to 79-74 while coming back from six runs down to win for the fourth time this season, most in the majors.
Phillies starter Aaron Nola (9-8) earned the win despite giving up six hits and six runs with eight strikeouts and one walk in six innings.Also Read:
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Ke’Bryan Hayes homered and drove in three runs and Colin Moran added a home run, single and an RBI for the Pirates (57-95).
Pirates starter Connor Overton lasted 2 2/3 innings in his second career start, allowing two hits and four runs with four strikeouts and two walks.
Anthony Banda (2-2) took the loss in relief.Also Read:
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The Pirates went ahead 2-0 in the second inning when Overton blooped a bases-loaded, two-run single to left in his first career major league plate appearance. Hayes followed with a three-run homer to right for a 5-0 advantage.
Moran ripped a solo homer to lead off the third for a 6-0 lead.
The Phillies closed within 6-1 in the bottom of the third when Gregorius slammed a 438-foot homer to right to lead off the frame. Nola later worked a walk and eventually scored on a passed ball, Jean Segura added a sacrifice fly and Andrew McCutchen hit an RBI double to cut the deficit to 6-4. When Brad Miller contributed an RBI single, the Phillies trailed by one run, 6-5, after three innings.
In the sixth, the Phillies rallied for three more runs and an 8-6 lead when Torreyes provided a pinch-hit home run with two on and two out.
Realmuto added a two-run homer in the seventh for a 10-6 advantage. He then added a two-run single in the eighth for a 12-6 lead as the Phillies’ regular starter at catcher went 3-for-3 as a reserve.
–Field Level Media