PITTSBURGH (AP) — Philadelphia’s Didi Gregorius raced home when Pittsburgh’s Michael Chavis’ ambitious first-to-third throw to lead off the top of the 10th inning missed the mark, helping the Phillies beat the Pirates 2-1 on Saturday night .
Philadelphia’s Rhys Hoskins led off the 10th with a groundout to Chavis at first base. Instead of stepping on the sack for the out, Chavis tried to short Gregorios as he ran from second to third.
The throw handcuffed Pittsburgh third baseman Ke’Brian Hayes and rolled into foul territory, allowing the sliding Gregorius to pop out and race across the plate to put the Phillies ahead.
Corey Knebel (3-5) earned the win by going two scoreless innings. He started the top of the 10th by picking off Pirates rookie Oneil Cruz at second base, then retired the final two batters as Philadelphia moved to a season-high seven games over .500 (54-47).
JT Realmuto had two of Philadelphia’s six hits, including his 10th home run of the season to lead off the sixth.
Pittsburgh’s Cal Mitchell tied the game in the seventh with his fourth home run, hooking a 99 mph fastball from Jose Alvardo and sending it into the right seats. Chavis had two singles for the Pirates, who were limited to four hits. Jeri De Los Santos lost (0-3). The Pirates have lost six straight and 11 of 13.
Philidelphia’s Ranger Suarez pitched six shutout innings as he approaches the one-year anniversary of his switch from reliever to starter. Suarez retired the first 11 Pirates he faced and surrendered three solo games with a walk and a hit while striking out eight on the season and lowering his ERA to 3.60.
While Suarez mostly cruised, Pittsburgh’s Mitch Keller worked everywhere but the scoreboard.
It took Keller 26 innings to get through a bases-loaded first-inning jam, and he was more efficient despite giving up a bunch of hard balls, in part for heads-up defense.
Second baseman Diego Castillo doubled off Bryson Stott in the first to end the second after catching Matt Virling’s line drive. Ke’Brian Hayes caught Schwarber in the gap between second and third in the third inning after making a shortstop in left and then faked a throw to first that sent Schwarber too far away from second and into no-man’s land.
The sixth was still scoreless when Realmuto sent a 94 mph fastball just over the 21-footer of Clemente Wall to put the Phillies ahead. Keller retired the next three batters and exited after allowing one run on five hits, with three walks and three strikeouts to drop his ERA to 4.37, his lowest of the season.
Phillies: Placed RHP Kyle Gibson on the disabled list following the death of his grandmother. Gibson will miss his next scheduled start on Tuesday against Milwaukee. Interim manager Rob Thomson said the team will have a bullpen day instead of facing Zach Wheeler’s next start. Reliever Mark Appel, the top pick in the 2013 draft who finally made his major league debut in June, has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. … SS Jean Segura (broken right index finger) was scheduled to play nine innings at second base Saturday and Sunday at Lehigh Valley.
Pirates: LHP Chase DeJong (knee) sat out a bullpen session Saturday and will be reevaluated Sunday. De Jong was placed on the 10-day disabled list with knee tendinitis on July 17.
The series will conclude on Sunday. Aaron Nola (6-8, 3.32 ERA) will start for the Phillies against Pittsburgh’s JT Brubaker (2-8, 3.96).