PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Rhys Hoskins hit a go-ahead three-run homer, Aaron Nola tossed seven impressive innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Saturday.
Nola (2-1) allowed two runs, six hits and struck out nine to help the Phillies win their third straight game and improve to 8-1 at home.
The Pirates have lost five of six after an 11-4 start.
Pittsburgh’s Steven Brault gave up two runs and two hits in 5 1/3 innings. The lefty took a shutout into the sixth before things unraveled.
Brault hit Carlos Santana with a pitch and Odubel Herrera followed with a single. Michael Feliz (0-1) entered to face Hoskins, who drove a 1-2 pitch into the left-field seats for a 3-2 lead.
Luis Garcia got two outs in the eighth and Hector Neris got the last four for his fourth save.
The Phillies, who lost 96 games in 2016, are six games over .500 for the first time since they were 25-19 on May 22, 2016.
Sean Rodriguez hit Nola’s second pitch the opposite way off the scoreboard on the facing of the second deck in right field for his first career leadoff homer.
Starling Marte’s RBI single on a shallow fly that bounced off second baseman Cesar Hernandez’s glove gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead in the sixth.
Hoskins and Scott Kingery had RBI singles in a three-run eighth for Philadelphia.
Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove, acquired from Houston a trade in January, is set to throw a bullpen session Sunday after tossing one on Friday. Musgrove has been sidelined with a right shoulder strain.
Phillies: Manager Gabe Kapler was impressed with righty Tommy Hunter’s rehab appearance Friday night. Hunter, who has been sidelined all season with a strained right hamstring, is on target to join the bullpen next week.
RHP Trevor Williams (3-0, 1.56 ERA) starts for the Pirates while RHP Nick Pivetta (1-0, 2.49 ERA) goes for the Phillies in the series finale Sunday.
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