Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Daniel McCutchen got his first win of the season and Jose Tabata chased home the eventual go-ahead run in the fourth, as Pittsburgh captured a 3-2 win against the Phillies to open a four-game series at PNC Park.
Pedro Alvarez and Bobby Crosby also drove in runs for the Pirates, who just took two of three from the Cubs on the heels of a six-game slide.
McCutchen (1-3) lasted 5 1/3 innings and gave up two runs -- one earned -- on six hits with four strikeouts against zero walks. Octavio Dotel stranded the tying run at third in the ninth to pick up his 17th save.
Cole Hamels (6-7) suffered his fifth loss in the last six decisions despite going seven innings and holding the opposition to three runs on five hits with eight strikeouts.
Wilson Valdez lifted his fourth homer of the year for Philadelphia, which most recently dropped two of three in Cincinnati.
The loss wasn't the only blow to the team, as it learned earlier in the day second baseman Chase Utley will miss the next eight weeks after having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.