Matt Joyce's two-run home run tied the score in the sixth and Adam Frazier's solo shot provided the go-ahead run and, after a 1-hour, 32-minute rain delay, the Pirates held on for a 5-4 win on Sunday to take their series with the Phillies.
With the Bucs trailing 4-2, Starling Marte led off the bottom of the sixth with a double off the tiring Vincent Velasquez. Unlike in the third inning, when Marte got caught stealing with Joyce at the plate, Starling stayed put and Joyce deposited the first pitch he saw over the center-field wall to tie the game at 4.
Frazier pinch-hit to lead off the bottom of the seventh and took Edubray Ramos deep to the top row of the right-field seats, his first career homer giving the Bucs a 5-4 lead.
Tony Watson got through the top of the eighth, and, in the bottom of the inning the skies opened up. After 92 minutes, Elias Diaz's at-bat was completed (for a strikeout), and Mark Melancon inducted three groundouts to secure the win, about 13 minutes after play resumed.
Jameson Taillon pitched quite well overall, with seven strikeouts and no walks in six innings, but his mistakes were pronounced, as extra-base hits led to all four Philadelphia runs. Andres Blanco hit a solo homer in the first, Cesar Hernandez hit an RBI triple and then scored in the third, and the generally quite fun-to-watch Odubel Herrera hit a solo homer in the sixth. Carlos Ruiz also doubled to start the fourth, but got picked off of second by Diaz.
Taillon only had 84 pitches through six innings, but with a 4-4 game at the time, Clint Hurdle want to Neftali Feliz, who got in trouble with a walk and a hit in the seventh. With runners on the corners and two outs, though, Feliz pumped three straight fastballs (clocked at 97.0, 97.9 and 96.9 MPH) to induce three straight awkward swings and strike out Herrera -- one of about two Phillies you particularly wouldn't want to face in a tough situation.
Diaz, up while Eric Fryer is on the paternity list, made his first career start. He looked particularly good on the pickoff of Ruiz, and also drove in a run with a second inning groundout, though he finished 0-for-4.