's tying homer in the ninth helped the Phillies complete a memorable comeback.
's single gave Philadelphia an 8-7 win over the
on Saturday night, giving them wins in eight of their past nine games.
''That was one of the best wins of the year,'' Phillies manager
The Phillies trailed 7-3 before pinch-hitter
led off the ninth with a homer off
walked and stole second, his third steal of the game, and
followed with a one-out single to left.
Howard followed Utley by blasting a 1-0 pitch to tie the game at 7.
, playing in his first game after missing 20 with a groin injury, then hit a ground-rule double to center. After an intentional
and an infield single by
, Bako lined a 2-2 pitch to left, sending a crowd that included Vice President Joe Biden home happy.
''We were able to go out there, put it together and pull it out,'' Howard said.
(1-0) pitched one scoreless inning of relief.
held the Phillies to five hits while allowing three runs and striking out five. The right-hander matched his career high with
''There's no excuses. It's all me,'' Capps said. ''I stunk. That was embarrassing.''
homered and drove in two runs for Pittsburgh, which lost for the eighth time in 10 games.
, playing in his second straight game after returning from a broken right wrist he got April 19, went 2 for 5 with a pair
of doubles and an RBI for the Pirates.
went 2 for 4 with a double and triple and Jones had a pair of hits for Pittsburgh.
, the 2008 World Series MVP, lasted six innings while allowing five runs on seven hits - all extra-base hits. The left-hander
has allowed at least seven hits in six of his last seven starts and is 1-3 in that stretch.
''It was one of those things I really felt like I was able to hit my spots; unfortunately they were able to hit them,'' Hamels
said. ''Wins are the ultimate goal and to be able to come away with a win makes me feel a little better.''
Jones' solo homer to deep right and Young's two-run blast to deep left-center put Pittsburgh up 3-0 after one inning. The
Pirates added two more in the second on McCutchen's two-run shot to left for a 5-0 lead.
The Phillies managed just two hits through five innings before the sixth, when they scored three runs on four hits. Ibanez
had an RBI double and
drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Pittsburgh added two runs in the seventh on a single hit to make it 7-3.
reached on Jones' bases-loaded walk and McCutchen scored on Doumit's groundout.
Wilson, Pittsburgh's shortstop, robbed
of a hit with a sliding over-the-head catch and then hopping up to double off Rollins at first.
NOTES: Biden sat in the first row behind the plate, wearing a Phillies cap. ... Philadelphia C
missed his second straight game with neck stiffness. ... Utley was hit by a pitch for the NL-leading 13th time this season.