Phillies' bullpen fails Halladay in 5-3 loss

By Sean Greene 10:15pm, April 24, 2013 - Updated 11:14pm, April 24, 2013
VIDEO: Manuel on Halladay's resurgence, offensive struggles. PHOTO: Snider singles home the tying run in the 8th for Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Roy Halladay allowed just one hit in six innings, but the Pirates scored four runs off the Phillies' bullpen in a 5-3 Pittsburgh win at Citizens Bank Park.

Halladay was lifted for pinch-hitter Kevin Fransden in the bottom of the 6th inning, and he delivered an RBI single to put the Phillies up 3-1.

In the next half inning, Pedro Alvarez put an Antonio Bastardo offering in the right field seats to cut the lead in half.

After Chase Utley, Michael Young, and Ryan Howard went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 7th, Mike Adams entered the game for the 8th.

Adams gave up a leadoff walk to pinch-hitter Jose Tabata and then a single to Starling Marte. Travis Snider was at the plate when catcher Humberto Quintero caught Tabata leaning off 2nd base, but slide to the centerfield side of 2nd base was able to elude Jimmy Rollins' slow tag. Snider then connected on a single to right to tie the game at 3-3.

Andrew McCutchen then drew a walk to load the bases and put an end to Adams' (1-2) woeful night. Jeremy Horst came in, only to have pinch-hitter Brandon Inge single through a drawn-in infield to put Pittsburgh ahead 4-3.

Pittsburgh added an insurance run in the 9th when Marte dropped a ball into very shallow right field, which Utley couldn't grab with a basket catch, and ended up being kicked into the corner for an RBI triple.

Halladay opened the season with a pair of losses , but had his best start yet by retiring 11 batters in a row after a leadoff walk to start the game. "Doc" ran into some trouble in the 4th, with a 2-out walk to Garrett Jones preceding a hit-by-pitch of Neil Walker. Pedro Alvarez then singled for the only hit Halladay would allow, but that tied the game at 1.

Halladay finished allowing just that one hit in 6 innings, while striking out 8 with two walks.

The Phillies offense scattered ten hits on the night, but took leads of 1-0 in the 1st and 2-1 in the 4th on right-field, upper-deck home runs by Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. Utley's blast came on the 10th anniversary of his first career home run, a grand slam, back in 2004.

Wandy Rodriguez entered with a 0.56 ERA, but picked up a no decision after giving up 3 runs on 9 hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. The win went to Vin Mazzaro (1-0), with Jason Grilli earning his second straight save to put him at 9 for the year.

The Phillies will try to salvage a split of the series, and the 8-game homestand, when the teams meet again Thursday at 1:05 with Cliff Lee (2-1) facing James McDonald (2-2).

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