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Vogelsong goes seven strong for win

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- A.J. Hinch hit an RBI single with one
out in the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-6
victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

Hinch, competing with Todd Pratt for the Phillies' backup
catcher's job, homered for his second straight game in the seventh
inning. Hinch, who started the spring 0-for-10 has five hits in his
last seven at-bats.

"From day one I've been trying to make the team," Hinch said.
"My attitude coming in was to make the team, then fight for
playing time."

The Phillies scored five runs in the seventh, highlighted by
Marlon Byrd's three-run homer.

The Pirates tied it 6-all with four runs in the top of the
eighth off Phillies reliever Geoff Geary. Rob Mackowiak had a
two-run double.

Phillies starter Cory Lidle allowed one run and five hits over
four innings.

"I felt like I was making good pitches," Lidle said. "It was
a good outing. They had some base runners in the first and fourth,
and that gave me a chance to work out of the stretch."

Zach Duke had another impressive start for the Pirates. The
left-hander pitched five shutout innings to lower his spring ERA to
3.60. He worked out of a jam in the fourth by striking out both
Bobby Abreu and Jim Thome.

Game notes
Phillies LHP Rheal Cormier was a late scratch after he
strained a hamstring during pregame sprints ... Phillies OF Kenny
Lofton remained sidelined with a sore hamstring. The veteran isn't
expected to return to action any earlier than Tuesday.