- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Saddled with the majors’ worst ERA from starting pitchers in recent weeks, the Philadelphia Phillies got a strong start from an unlikely source.

It wasn’t enough to turn around their fortunes, though.

Kevin Correia did not allow a run while pitching into the sixth inning but the Phillies lost their fourth straight, 1-0 in 13 innings to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

Starling Marte’s single in the bottom of the 13th drove in Chris Stewart to finish a game that ended exactly six hours after its scheduled 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

“It came down to one hit that found the hole with the man on base,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. “It took a long time to get that, and we came up on the short end.”

Dustin McGowan (1-2) allowed a one-out pinch-hit single to Stewart during his second inning of relief. Two batters later, Marte’s two-out chopper made it up the middle and Stewart beat Ben Revere’s throw from center to send the Phillies to their seventh loss in eight games and 17th in their last 22.

The start of the game was delayed 86 minutes by a passing rainstorm.

“I slid into home and I was excited,” Stewart said. “I couldn’t wait to get out there with Marty and celebrate.”

Correia, an all-star in 2011 with the Pirates, was cut during spring training by the Twins and opted out of a contract with the Giants two weeks ago. He signed with the Phillies earlier this week.

“It is hard bouncing from team to team, but I didn’t lose any confidence,” Correia said. “I’m throwing the same stuff I was having success with for the past six years. It was just a matter of getting back up here and doing it.”

The Phillies managed 11 hits but were kept scoreless by seven pitchers, marking the first time since at least 1914 - as far back as STATS could check - for that many Pittsburgh relievers to combine on a shutout.

Jeff Locke, Arquimedes Caminero, Tony Watson, Mark Melancon, Jared Hughes, Rob Scahill and Antonio Bastardo (1-1) combined on Pittsburgh’s fifth shutout of the season and first that had lasted at least 13 innings at home since Aug. 29, 1914, according to information provided by the Pirates from the Elias Sports Bureau.

Josh Harrison had four hits to match a career high, including Pittsburgh’s lone extra-base hit - a two-out double in the fourth.

The Phillies’ lineup Friday did not include regulars Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Freddy Galvis and Carlos Ruiz.


After coming back from down 3-0 in the count and striking out Jordy Mercer with the bases loaded to end the eighth, Phillies reliever Ken Giles drew the ire of Sandberg, Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa and pitching coach Bob McClure. Television cameras caught each one yelling the face of a seated and visibly agitated Giles, who yelled back at times.

“There was some frustration and some game situation. Talked about some game situations,” Sandberg said in an apparent attempt to diffuse the situation, adding that it was” taken care of in-house.”

Giles did not speak with reporters after the game.

Sandberg was asked if he liked when players showed emotion on the field.

“I do like to have players with emotions. There’s a time and a place and a situation to show that.”


Pirates: RHP Gerrit Cole will try to take over the majors’ lead in wins with his 10th on Saturday. Cole, who has won each of his past four starts, won in Philadelphia on May 11.

Phillies: RHP Sean O’Sullivan lost against Pittsburgh on May 12 at Citizens Bank Park. C Francisco Cervelli, tops in the NL with a .356 average since May 1, had two doubles in that win for the Pirates.

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