Phils shut down by Cole, Pirates

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Cole allowed seven runs in 5 1/3 innings in his previous start against the Giants, which concluded a strange June in which he allowed either seven runs (three times) or one run (three times) in six starts. But Cole is 4-1 with a 3.45 ERA in his past four as he put the Pirates in position to take the four-game series with a victory in Thursday night’s series finale.

Cole allowed a two-run homer in the first inning to Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, but allowed just four hits in his final five innings of work.

Phillies rookie Ben Lively suffered the shortest outing of his seven-start career. He allowed four runs (two earned) in four innings.

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Crash and burn: Phillies right fielder Nick Williams crashed hard into the right-field wall with one out in the fourth inning, giving Josh Bell a triple that scored a run to cut the Phillies lead to 2-1. It fell apart for Lively from there. After David Freese followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game, Lively allowed a single to Gregory Polanco, a walk to Francisco Cervelli and loaded the bases with a throwing error to first baseman Tommy Joseph. He still had a chance to finish the inning with the game tied, but he allowed a single to Cole. It scored two runs and handed the Pirates a 4-2 lead.

Nava had a chance: The Phillies had runners at the corners with one out in the seventh when Franco hit a fly ball to right field. Daniel Nava tried to tag and score from third, but Polanco threw a rocket to home plate and Nava was out easily for the inning-ending double play.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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