By Sam Bush
The Phillies returned from Florida last night, and they made the trip pay off.
Ben Revere hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Phils over the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-5, on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Cesar Hernandez led off the inning with a double against Angel Sanchez. Hernandez scored the tying run when catcher Tony Sanchez made a throwing error on Andres Blanco’s sacrifice.
Two outs later, Revere hit a liner over the right-field fence. Players leaped from the dugout and mobbed Revere at home plate.
The teams are finishing their exhibition season with two games in Philly before opening the regular season Monday. The Pirates start at Cincinnati. The Phillies host Boston.
Pirates starter Jeff Locke gave up four runs — three earned — and four hits in five innings.
Phillies starter Aaron Harang lasted 4 2-3 innings, allowing four runs and nine hits.
Andrew McCutchen had three hits and an RBI, and Jordy Mercer hit a solo homer for the Pirates.