PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The
must be wondering why they aren't battling for the National League wild card the way they are playing against the top two contenders.
had a key two-run double and
pitched seven strong innings as the Pirates dealt a blow to the
' postseason hopes with a 5-3 victory.
Pittsburgh improved to 4-1 against Philadelphia this year by scoring four runs in the second inning and never looking back. The Pirates are also 4-2 against the
, who are 2 1/2 games ahead of the Phillies for the wild card lead.
"It's good to see our players play well and compete," Pirates manager
said. "We still have some goals."
to begin the second inning and
reached on a fielder's choice before pitcher Fogg grounded out.
came through with an RBI double for the game's first run.
Nunez was next and doubled into right field to score two runs.
followed with an RBI single for a 4-0 cushion.
"When you play a team that has a better record and you play them well and they're fighting for a playoff spot, it's like playing for a purpose," Wilson said. "Especially when they're pushing for the playoffs, you want that feeling."
Fogg (10-8) allowed three runs and five hits to improve to 4-1 in his last six outings. The righthander tossed a complete game in his last start Tuesday at Cincinnati.
combined to work the eighth inning for the Pirates, the Phillies staged a rally in the ninth against Tavarez.
led off with a base hit and pinch hitter
But pinch runner
was picked off second base, which proved costly when
followed with a single. Tavarez struck out
on a comebacker for his seventh save in 10 chances.
"It's a fundamental," Punto said. "It's been around for 100 years. You see the ball hit and then you run. I anticipated it - that can't happen. A terrible play."
"Our guys continue to put us in a difficult position," Phillies manager
said. "We're starting to get into a precarious position. Our young guys lack the experience we like at this time."
Philadelphia completes this seven-game road trip with Sunday's series finale after losing four of the first six games. The Phillies welcome the Marlins to town for a three-game series that begins Tuesday.
"The first two games (of the series) are disappointing, we have to do something about it tomorrow," Phillies first baseman
said. "You just have to continue to go on after this disappointment. There are those games with the Marlins coming up.
Millwood allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings and continues to struggle in the second half of the season. The righthander is 4-5 with a 4.32 ERA since the All-Star break.
Fogg allowed just one hit through the first five innings -
's two-out single in the first inning. He set down 14 out of the next 15 hitters.
"It feels good to stay in the game for six or seven innings and keep a team close," Fogg said.
tripled off the glove of Abreu in right field to start the third inning and scored on Mackowiak's single for a 5-0 advantage.
Philadelphia finally broke through in the sixth inning.
singled with one out, Abreu doubled and Thome followed with a two-run single. Utley added a run-scoring groundout, but
struck out with a runner on third and two outs.
Abreu greeted Beimel with a single in the eighth inning and Thome flied out. Tavarez entered and got
to ground into an inning-ending double play.