asked only for a second chance.
got that from the Phillies long ago, plus a third chance, a fourth and a fifth. He'll keep getting chances, too, if only because
his manager has no other choice.
McCutchen made up for a defensive gaffe earlier in the ninth inning by hitting a game-ending two-run homer off Lidge and the
6-4 on Tuesday night despite
' homers on the first two pitches he saw.
In a game in which both closers couldn't hold leads in the ninth, the Pirates tied it against Lidge (0-6) on singles by
, and right fielder
's misplay on Moss' hit that allowed pinch-runner
to score. McCutchen then won it by driving Lidge's fastball into the seats in center, a pitch after he couldn't put down a
''To be able to come through, to be able to redeem myself after that ball got over my head ... it was amazing,'' McCutchen
said of his first career game-ending homer. ''That doesn't happen all the time.''
It does to Lidge, whose nine blown saves lead the majors. Pitching for the fourth day in a row - he was used to mop up a 6-2
win over the Mets in a non-save situation on Monday - Lidge had nothing on his pitches.
''The fourth day in a row for me historically has been pretty bad,'' said Lidge, who has 24 saves. ''I need an adjustment
if I'm going to throw four days in a row and I wasn't able to do it. The last three days, the ball's jumping out of my hand
and tonight it wasn't there.''
Despite Lidge's ongoing problems - he has a 7.33 ERA - manager
isn't contemplating a change.
''We just keep going. We just keep playing,'' Manuel said. ''That's where we're at. That's our closer. That's the guy we give
the ball to in the ninth inning.''
hit a two-run shot and
added a solo drive for the Pirates against
. The Phillies starter was so upset with the Pearce homer in the sixth - like McCutchen, Pearce is a rookie - that he threw
a water bottle and tried to upend a garbage can, only to miss.
It was that kind of night for the Phillies.
''It was just bad. It was an emotional game,'' Blanton said. ''I learned my lesson and won't throw anything (in the dugout)
(3-7) wasn't any better than Lidge was but still got the victory, despite giving up two runs in the ninth while being roughed
up for the second time in as many games against the Phillies. He gave up five runs in the ninth of an 8-7 loss on July 11.
After doubles by
, the Phillies went ahead 4-3 on
's triple that McCutchen misplayed in center. Rather than going back for the ball, he instinctively broke in only to quickly
realize his mistake.
''One (wrong) step, and I was done,'' McCutchen said.
For only about five minutes, that is. The Pirates recovered to win their sixth in seven games since losing 12 of 13.
''This is going to help us, especially when we're playing big-caliber teams like this,'' McCutchen said of a mostly young
Pirates team that has shed nearly all of its original starting lineup in trades. ''This shows us we can compete.''
The Phillies, cheered on by a sizable number in the crowd of 17,049, had won 11 of 13, plus five in a row against the Pirates
dating to last season. The Phillies also had won eight of 10 on the road.
withstood Rollins' two leadoff home runs to pitch into the seventh inning but didn't get the decision. Rollins got the Phillies
off to a 2-0 lead, hitting Ohlendorf's fastball into the right-center seats for his 31st career leadoff homer in the first
and a changeup into the right-field stands in the third - his 17th.
NOTES: Pirates SS
was a last-minute scratch as he missed a third consecutive game with a broken right pinky finger.
replaced him. ... OF Jose Tabata will be among seven Pirates prospects in the Arizona Fall League. He is currently at Triple-A