Dave Parker tripled in a run and scored another and John Candelaria became the 11th Pirates pitcher in history to win 100 games as the Pirates defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1, last night in Pittsburgh.
"We need the win. The hell with the 100th," said Candelaria (5-6). He yielded four hits, walked one and struck out eight in seven innings before leaving with tightness in his left elbow. Manny Sarmiento pitched to two batters before Kent Tekulve finished, earning his sixth save.
"Maybe tomorrow it will mean something," Candelaria said, "but right now, the way we've been playing, any win we have means a lot to us."
The Pirates scored twice in the fourth inning. Mike Easler singled with one out and scored when Parker tripled into the right field corner. Tony Pena grounded to Joe Morgan at second, who threw to Bo Diaz in an attempt to get Parker. Diaz dropped the ball and Parker scored.
Pete Rose failed to start for the Phillies for the ninth straight game, but kept his streak of consecutive games played going at 677 by batting for starter John Denny (4-4) leading off the eighth. He grounded out to second.