Worley went six innings while allowing four runs on seven hits and struck out seven. Worley’s 2.02 ERA rose to 2.33, still not too shabby. Brad Lidge relieve Worley in the seventh and walked leadoff man Eric Fryer. Two batters later, Garrett Jones doubled Fryer home to extend the lead to 5-3. The Phillies didn’t respond until the eighth. With one out in the eighth, Ryan Howard doubled to right. Hunter Pence came up behind him and grounded deep into the hole at shortstop. Having a mental lapse, Howard took a bad angle and broke towards third. SS Brandon Wood made a decent throw to get Howard at third. Raul Ibanez came up next and, on the first pitch, hit a two run homerun to left to tie the game at 5. Brian Schneider hit the next pitch deep to left and a jumping Garrett Jones made the catch at the wall to end the inning.
The Phillies got an opportunity in the bottom of the ninth. With two outs Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino each worked a walk. After a double steal the Phillies had runners on second and third (granted Victorino’s run didn’t mean anything). Chase Utley worked a full count but flied out to deep center to send it to extras. After an eight pitch top of the ninth by Antonio Bastardo and a Ryan Howard strike out to begin the bottom of the tenth, Hunter Pence ripped a line drive into the left field corner for his first extra base hit. With Pence on second, the Pirates opted to pitch to Ibanez who had two homeruns already. Ibanez got a pitch to hit and sent it to the wall for a walk-off double as Hunter Pence came around to score.
Another series win, another sweep (that is five on the year for those keeping track at home), and the Phillies stretch their lead in the division to six games over the Atlanta Braves who recorded 13 hits but only managed one run against the Florida Marlins.
The Phillies are back in action tomorrow night against the Colorado Rockies in Denver. Cole Hamels goes for the Phillies and Jhoulys Chacin gets the nod for the Rockies. First pitch is slated for 8:40pm.