PITTSBURGH (Ticker) --
pitched 6 1/3 effective innings and contributed to an early attack with two hits as the
pounced on the
and held on for a 10-7 victory.
Wolf (15-9) gave up five runs and eight hits, although most of them came after being staked to a 10-1 lead through three innings. He had a hand in that, scoring twice and driving in a run as he raised his batting average to .194.
It was a tough afternoon for Wolf, who became ill after ordering a garlic chicken dish from hotel room service Saturday night.
"Wolf showed his professionalism today knowing the importance of the game,," Phillies manager
said. "He didn't tell me about his illness."
"It's a bad feeling when you're tired but can't sleep," Wolf said. "I ordered room service (and) just felt bloated an hour after I ate. I didn't say anything but got some medication from the trainer. What am I going to do? I'm not dying; (I) still had the strength to go out and compete."
Wolf won his third straight decision and became the first Philadelphia lefthander to win 15 games since Terry Mullholland was 16-13 in 1991.
Wolf walked one and struck out six before being relieved by
, who gave up two runs while getting five outs. Former Pirate
worked the ninth for his 28th save but just his third with the Phillies.
Every Phillies starter had at least one hit in the first three innings. Philadelphia scored two runs in the first, six in the second and two in the third.
Although the Phillies put up an area code of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, they did not dial long distance. Among their 14 hits were just two doubles - one by Wolf - and no homers.
Philadelphia moved within 1 1/2 games of the
in the race for the National League wild card berth. The teams still play six games against each other, beginning with three at Veterans Stadium on Tuesday.
"There is a big series in Philly coming up," Bowa said. "We're not in the driver's seat. We have to start winning some series and winning some games."
"It felt great to hear Atlanta came back (to beat Florida on Sunday)," Phillies slugger
said. "Anytime you gain ground like that, it's going to make you feel good about what's happening. We know that there's not a lot of baseball left, but we're going to be going against the teams we have to beat - Florida and Atlanta."
's RBI single highlighted the first inning. The Phillies sent 11 batters to the plate in the second, chasing Pirates starter
With one out, Nino Punto singled, took second on an error by outfielder
and scored on Wolf's double.
grounded out, but
singled to make it 4-0 and Abreu walked before Thome doubled home two runs, bringing on John Grabow.
plated two more runs before Punto flied out.
J.J. Davis singled home a run in the bottom half, but Wolf opened the third with a single and scored on a two-run error by second baseman
"It was nice to see a lot of runs early," Wolf said. "I knew it was a big game for us."
In dropping his fourth straight decision, Torres surrendered seven runs, six hits and three walks while retiring just five batters. Grabow wasn't much better, giving up three runs and six hits while retiring just four batters.
"I was behind the hitters all the time," Torres said. "When that happens, you're going to get hit hard at this level. It was just a bad start right from the get-go. That happens. I didn't have much."
had an RBI single in the fourth and Sanders stroked a two-run double in the fifth, making it 10-4. The Pirates got solo homers from
off Wolf in the seventh and
and Davis in the eighth off Cormier.
Wilson's homer was his fifth in seven games. Davis' blast was the first of his career.
"I'm glad I got it out," Davis said. "I know we were losing at the time, but it brought a smile to my face."
After losing five straight games in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia salvaged the finale of this three-game series, ending a stretch where it played 27 straight days, going 14-13.
"After 27 days, we get a day off," Bowa said. "The tough part wasn't the playing, it's getting in at 3:30, 4:30 in the morning that wears you down."