Ciriaco had his first hit of 2011.

Much in the same way that Lloyd Bridges picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue in the movie 'Airplane', the Pirates picked the wrong day to try to score five or more runs in consecutive games for the first time since July 4 and July 5. Pittsburgh faced Roy Halladay and he allowed just one hit over seven shutout innings. The Phillies scored eight quick runs off of Charlie Morton to make it a laugher. With Milwaukee and St. Louis winning and Hunter Pence being swapped to Philadelphia, the only good news for Pittsburgh is that Pence isn't in the Central Divison.

The first inning was rough. The second inning was brutal. But Morton was left to fend for himself until the fourth inning due to the thin bullpen. Chase Utley hit an RBI triple. Ryan How...

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