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PHILADELPHIA -- Pinch hitter Garrett Jones doubled home two runs in a three-run eighth inning Thursday afternoon, as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for the second straight day to beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-4.

Gaby Sanchez homered and drove in three runs for the Pirates, who erased a 3-1 deficit, as they had in Wednesday's 5-3 win. Pittsburgh took the final three games of the four-game series, and has won 10 of its last 13 games overall.

Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown drove in two runs apiece for the Phillies, who have lost eight of 11, including a 3-5 home stand.

With the game tied at 3 and one out in the eighth, Phils reliever Phillippe Aumont (1-3) hit Clint Barmes with a pitch. Travis Snider and Starling Marte followed with singles to load the bases.

Jones, batting for Brandon Inge, ripped a 3-1 pitch from Aumont -- a 93 mph fastball -- off the right-field fence for a double, making the score 5-3. The day before, Inge had batted for Jones and singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth.

Chad Durbin relieved Aumont, and after intentionally walking Andrew McCutcheon, gave up a sacrifice fly to Sanchez, who went 2-for-4 in the game.

Justin Wilson (2-0) worked two hitless innings to pick up the win in relief for the Pirates. Tony Watson allowed a run in the eighth, but pitched around a leadoff double in the ninth to earn his first save.

Brown's two-out bloop double off Pirates starter James McDonald in the fourth chased home Chase Utley with the game's first run. Utley led off with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch.

Sanchez, who entered the game 1-for-10 against Cliff Lee, ripped a fastball into the centerfield seats for a sixth-inning home run, tying the game at 1. It was the third homer of the season for Sanchez, all of them coming in the last eight games.

The Phils scored twice in the sixth, on Howard's RBI single and Brown's sacrifice fly, but the Pirates answered with two in the seventh. With two outs and Marte at first, McCutcheon ended an 0-for-17 slump with a single. Sanchez followed with another single, driving in Marte to make it 3-2.

Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel then visited the mound, as Lee had thrown 114 pitches, and Aumont and Raul Valdes were warming up in the bullpen. But Lee stayed in the game, and backup catcher Michael McKenry lined an 0-2 changeup to center to plate the tying run.

Lee, who threw 122 pitches (82 for strikes), allowed 10 hits and three runs in his seven innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

Notes. Before surrendering those three eighth-inning runs, Aumont hadn't been scored upon in 13 career appearances in Citizens Bank Park, a span of 13 2/3 innings. ... McDonald yielded five hits and three runs in five innings. He struck out four and walked three. ... Marte went 2-for-5 and has hit safely in five straight games, and 15 of his last 17. He also scored two runs. ... Manuel was ejected in the ninth for arguing an interference call, his first ejection of the season.
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