Alvarez hit his third homer of the year.
James McDonald was uneven in losing his first start since June. Cliff Lee reachd double digits in whiffs and pitched into the eighth inning on a night when Hunter Pence made his Philadelphia debut. Pittsburgh lost 7-4 and lost groung to Cincinnati, St. Louis and Milwaukee.
Philadelphia played long ball early against McDonald. Ryan Howard hit a solo homer in the second. Jimmy Rollins did likewise in the third. After the homer from Rollins, Shane Victorino singled and stole second. Chase Utley walked and Howard doubled for his second RBI of the game.
In the fourth the Pirates got two back. Brandon Wood singled and Pedro Alvarez poked one over the fence to put two on the board against Lee.
But Philadelphia wasted litle time in getting it ba...
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