are rolling as the first half of the season winds down.
Blanton pitched into the eighth inning,
drove in two runs on the same day he was named to his first All-Star team and Philadelphia beat the
3-2 on Friday night.
The NL East-leading Phillies have won seven of eight, all at home, after entering their 10-game homestand with 14 losses in
''Here lately, it's kind of like we're getting used to winning again,'' manager
Blanton (6-4) allowed one run and four hits over 7 1-3 innings in his second consecutive effective outing. The right-hander
pitched 7 1-3 innings in Philadelphia's 2-0 victory over the
New York Mets
on Sunday, and is 4-1 with a 2.44 ERA in his last nine starts.
''It does feel good,'' Blanton said of the Phillies' winning stretch. ''A couple more (wins) to close it out and take the
momentum into the second half.''
Manuel liked the way Blanton attacked the Pirates, calling him ''a bulldog.''
''The fastball makes him go and he's not afraid to use his fastball,'' Manuel said. ''He's throwing the ball good right now.''
Werth, picked by Manuel to replace injured outfielder
on the NL All-Star roster, hit a two-run double in the third to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead.
went 3 for 4 with two doubles for Philadelphia, and is 17 for 34 in his last eight games.
(8-8) tossed his third complete game of the season, allowing five hits, and lost for the fourth time in his last five decisions.
He allowed only one hit, Victorino's eighth-inning double, after the third.
Duke is winless in his last seven road starts and Pittsburgh has scored just 18 runs in his eight losses.
''Duke did a great job against a great offensive team,'' Pittsburgh manager
said. ''Both pitchers did a great job.''
homered for the Pirates, who have lost seven of nine. All-Star
, returning to the lineup after missing the last six games with lower back tightness, went 2 for 4 with a double.
Moss connected against
with two out in the ninth, but pinch-hitter
struck out to end the game. Lidge earned his 18th save in 24 chances.
NOTES: The Phillies activated All-Star left fielder
from the disabled list. Ibanez, who missed 20 games with a groin injury, was available to pinch hit but did not play. Manuel
said the outfielder would be in the starting lineup Saturday. ... Pittsburgh center fielder
's error in the third was the Pirates' first error in a season-high 66 2-3 innings.