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Jose Quintana Sharp in Likely Farewell But Pirates Lose to Phillies 4-2 in Extras

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Ben Roethlisberger threw the ceremonial first pitch at PNC Park for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Jose Quintana likely threw his last pitch in the black and gold uniform.

Quintana worked 5.2 scoreless innings for the Pirates,  but it wasn’t enough to keep the Bucs from losing 4-2 to the Philadelphia Phillies in 10 innings on Friday night.

Rhys Hoskins led off the 10th inning with a two-run home run to dead center field off Duane Underwood Jr. to give the Phillies the 4-2 win. The Pittsburgh Pirates (40-60) had their losing streak reach five games while also falling for the 10th time in their last 12 games.

Roethlisberger drew a rousing ovation from the crowd of 26,946 when he walked to the pitcher’s mound before the game as part of the Pirates’ “Yinzerpalooza” promotion, throwing the first pitch to closer David Bednar. The two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback played 18 years for the Steelers before retiring at the end of last season.

If it was indeed Quintana’s last outing for the Pittsburgh Pirates, it was a good one as he held the potent Phillies’ lineup in check into the sixth inning. Quintana (4-5) allowed four hits while striking out four and walking two.

The Phillies (52-48) didn’t get a runner past first base until the sixth. However, they ruined Quintana’s likely going-away party by rallying in the late innings.

The Phillies tied the score at 2-2 with a two-run seventh inning. Kyle Schwarber hit a run-scoring double off Manny Banuelos and Hoskins followed with an RBI single off Wil Crowe.

Garrett Stubbs began the 10th inning as the Manfred Man for the Phillies then scored the winning run on Hoskins’ blast off Underwood (0-3). Hoskins went 4 for 5 with the homer, a walk and three RBIs.

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Manager Derek Shelton pulled Quintana after a walk to J.T. Realmuto loaded the bases with two outs. Pittsburgh Pirates’ rookie, Yerry De Los Santos came on and escaped the threat by getting Nick Castellanos to fly out to protect the Pirates’ 1-0 lead.

Ke’Bryan Hayes provided the Pirates’ offensive highlight with a one-out solo home run into the right-field stands in the bottom of the sixth off starter Bailey Falter that made it 2-0. It was Hayes’ fifth homer of the season.

The Pirates opened the scoring when Kevin Newman and Greg Allen hit back-to-back doubles with two outs in the third inning.

Newman finished with three hits for the Pirates and Michael Chavis added two.

The third game of the four-game series is set for 7:05 p.m. Saturday with Mitch Keller (3-7, 4.55) scheduled to pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates against left-hander Ranger Suarez (7-5, 3.84). Keller has allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight of 10 starts since returning to the starting rotation May 31 after a brief stint in the bullpen.

 

 

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