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Josh Palacios Celebrates Birthday With Walk-Off Homer vs. Phillies



Pittsburgh Pirates, Bryan Reynolds


PITTSBURGH — A Bryan Reynolds’ two-run home run ignited a comeback attempt, and Josh Palacios celebrated his 28th birthday with a two-run, walk-off homer in the 10th inning in the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at PNC Park on Sunday.

With automatic runner Jared Triolo standing at second, Palacios, who turned 28 years old on Sunday, homered to right field off of Andrew Vasquez (2-1) to give the Pirates the win, their fourth in their last six games.

After Alec Bohm hit a two-run homer off of Rich Hill in the fourth, Reynolds returned the favor with a two-run blast of his own in the sixth to tie the game 2-all.

Reynolds’ blast came after Connor Joe led off the sixth inning with a base hit off of Seranthony Dominguez, the Pirates’ first hit of the game. Phillies starter Cristopher Sanchez tossed five no-hit innings prior to being lifted for Dominguez.

Joe scored in the seventh inning on a base hit from Reynolds plus an error charged to center fielder Johan Rojas, and Nick Gonzales tied the game at 4-all with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

In what was potentially his last start with the Pirates (47-58) with the approaching trade deadline, Hill held the Phillies to two runs in five innings while striking out seven.

Key Moment 

In the top of the tenth, the Phillies (56-49) had runners on second and third with nobody out. Trea Turner skied one to right and Henry Davis threw a missile home. Endy Rodriguez caught the throw and fired to second after Bohm wandered a bit too far off. Gonzales, at second base, cut it off and threw out Bryce Harper attempting to come home for the go-ahead run.

Star of the Game

Bohm finished the game with a home run, two hits, three RBIs and a run scored.

Stat to Know

Each of Reynolds’ last five home runs for the Pirates have either tied the game or given them the lead. He has homered three times in his last seven games played.


  • Hill’s seven strikeouts were tied for the third-most he’s had in an outing this year and the most he’s had a game since striking out eight on July 2 against the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Bohm’s two-run homer off of Hill was his first since July 1 when he hit two against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. It’s only his fourth home run since the start of June.
  • Reynolds, Palacios, Joe and Triolo all finished the afternoon with multi-hit performances.
  • The Pirates used Bednar for the second-straight night after throwing 30 pitches on Saturday. Bednar tossed a scoreless top of the ninth inning.
  • Angel Perdomo (2-1), earned the win after tossing a scoreless 10th inning after serving a two-game suspension.
  • After dropping six straight series from the end of June to July 23, the Pirates have taken back-to-back series against the Phillies and San Diego Padres.
  • The Pirates improved to 2-5 in extra-inning games this season.

Up Next

After an off day on Monday, the Pirates host the Detroit Tigers for a two-game series starting Tuesday night. Johan Oviedo (4-11, 4.60 ERA) will be on the mound for the Pirates and will be opposite Tigers right-hander Matt Manning (3-2, 4.32 ERA). First pitch: 7:05.

NOTE: Tuesday at 6 PM ET also marks MLB’s trade deadline

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