PITTSBURGH -- Jonathan Pettibone pitched 5 2/3 strong innings, the beleaguered bullpen gutted out the final 3 1/3 innings and the Phillies ended the Pirates’ nine-game winning streak with a 3-1 win at PNC Park Tuesday evening.
The Phillies scored all three of their runs in the sixth inning on a base hit by Ryan Howard, a sac fly by Domonic Brown and a double by Delmon Young.
Six relievers -- Jake Diekman, Phillippe Aumont, J.C. Ramirez, Antonio Bastardo, Justin De Fratus and Jonathan Papelbon -- pitched in and out of trouble but combined on 3 1/3 scoreless innings despite allowing six baserunners and two booming outs to deep center field that Ben Revere tracked down.
With the win, the Phillies improved to 4-4 on the 10-game road trip and 40-44 overall.
The Pirates, who still have the best record in baseball at 51-31, hadn’t lost since June 19 in Cincinnati.
Howard’s sixth-inning RBI single ended an 0-for-22 streak. It was his first hit on the road trip and first RBI since he had four against the Mets on June 22. Howard added an eighth-inning single.
At the plate
Michael Young had two hits to bump his average up to .291, the highest it’s been since May 21. Since June 1, he’s 38 for 111 (.342).
Did you know?
The Phillies improved to 10-35 this year when they score three or fewer runs. They had lost 13 of their last 14 games when they scored three or fewer runs.
On the bases
John Mayberry was picked off by Pirates catcher Russell Martin at second after leading off the top of the ninth with a double.
Starting pitching report
The 22-year-old Pettibone allowed three hits and one run. He left the game after Greg Jones’ two-out solo homer in the sixth cut the Phillies’ lead to 3-1. He needed 102 pitches to get 17 outs.
After a couple sub-par outings against the Brewers and Rockies, Pettibone has allowed just five earned runs and 12 hits over 17 2/3 innings in his last three starts.
Pettibone improved to 4-3 with his first win since May 14. He was winless in his last eight starts.
Pirates starter Brandon Cumpton, making his third major-league start, was sailing along with a two-hit shutout through five before the Phillies scored three in the sixth, knocking him out of the game.
The bullpen faced 15 batters and six of them reached base, but none of them scored, and Papelbon closed things out with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 16th save.
In the field
Chase Utley saved a run with a diving stop on Andrew McCutchen’s two-out base hit with runners on first and second in the bottom of the third.
Brown picked up his fourth outfield assist this year, throwing out Jordy Mercer trying to stretch a base hit into a double leading off the seventh.
Pirates rightfielder Travis Snider was involved in a bizarre play in the top of the second. First, he let Brown’s routine base hit bounce past him and all the way to the wall. Then, after finally reaching the ball, he dropped it. As Brown steamed around second, Snider fired to second baseman Neil Walker, whose relay throw to third baseman Pedro Alvarez just beat Brown. So Snider was charged with an error and got an assist on the same play.
John Lannan (1-2, 4.83), who won his first game as a Phillie on Friday in Los Angeles, goes for No. 2 on Wednesday against Pirates lefty Jeff Locke (7-1, 2.06). On Thursday afternoon, Cole Hamels (2-11, 4.58) faces Pirates righty Gerret Cole (4-0, 3.70).
Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick and Pettibone will face the Braves Friday through Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.