Cody Asche is in a heated battle with Maikel Franco for third base duties. Credit: Getty Images Cody Asche is in a heated battle with Maikel Franco for third base duties. Credit: Getty Images

The Phillies were outhit Wednesday night against the Pirates, plain and simple.

In a 6-3 loss to the Bucs, the Phils were overmatched with 13 Pittsburgh hits outnumbering just four by the guys in red pinstripes.

Jerome Williams got the nod and did just enough to keep the Phillies in the game, but the offense was unable to life him to a perfect record (3-1) as Philadelphia dipped to 11 games below the .500 mark. The Pirates earned the win thanks to two runs in each the fifth and sixth frames.


It was only a matter of time before Williams' previously stellar pitching gave way (he was 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA coming into the game), and luckily for the Phillies it was to the tune of just two runs.The righty hit the first two batters he faced, loaded the bases and gave up a two-run single to Russell Martin before loading the bases a second time. But he was able to avert disaster and get out of the inning.

In the bottom of the second Cody Asche was plated after hitting a double deep to right and later scoring on a Wil Nieves RBI-single, sitting the Buc's advantage to 2-1.

The Phillies, like so often of late, didn't shy from battling back with a Jerome Williams single to the gap in right-centerfield scoring two runs with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead.

Andrew McCutchen showed off his power and speed with his first career inside-the-park home run on a blast to deep center that took a big carom over Ben Revere's head and knotted the game at 3-apiece. Russell Martin then chimed in with a solo home run in the very next at bat, his third RBI of the game to give the Pirates a 4-3 advantage.

When the Phillies' bullpen took over in the sixth the Pirates took more ground, scoring two runs and knocking Luis Garcia around for four hits and two blemishes before he was lifted for Caesar Jimenez. At the start of the last of the sixth Philadelphia trailed 6-3.

The Phils never threatened again and went silently in the last few innings.Asche had two hits for the Phillies, with Nieves and Williams adding the only two.

Domonic Brown exited the game after unsuccessfully diving for a fly ball in left and injuring his left shoulder.