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Pirates come back to take another from Phillies, 5-3

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Hunter Martin

The Pirates scored one run in the seventh, two in the eighth and one in the ninth to come back to beat the Phillies 5-3 on Wednesday in a game that featured some long home runs.

Chase Utley hit a second-deck homer in the second to give the Phils a 1-0 lead, but the Pirates tied the game in the fourth on a walk, a hit by pitch, and Pedro Alvarez's RBI single. The Phillies re-took the lead in the bottom of the inning, though, when Ryan Howard hit a second-deck homer of his own, then took a 3-1 lead after a series of singles in the sixth.

In the fifth, though, the Pirates killed a Phillies rally with a nifty third-to-second-to-home double play when Jimmy Rollins TOOTBLAN'ed by waiting to dart home. Then, in the seventh, Alvarez homered off lefty Antonio Bastardo to make it 3-2. Then, in the eighth, the Bucs took a 4-3 lead after RBI singles by Travis Snider and Brandon Inge. Starling Marte tripled in a run in the ninth to give the Pirates insurance, and Jason Grilli pitched the ninth to get the save.