Blanton leads Phillies past Pirates

July 10, 2009 6:59:54 PM PDT
Joe Blanton pitched into the eighth inning, Jayson Werth drove in two runs on the same day he was named to his first All-Star team and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Friday night.

Joe Blanton (6-4) allowed one run and four hits over 7 1-3 innings in his second consecutive effective outing. The right-hander pitched 7 1-3 scoreless innings in Philadelphia's 2-0 victory over the New York Mets on Sunday.

Jayson Werth, picked by manager Charlie Manuel to replace injured outfielder Carlos Beltran on the NL All-Star roster, hit a two-run double in the third to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead.

NL East-leading Philadelphia has won seven of eight, all at home.

Pittsburgh has lost seven of nine.

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