PITTSBURGH — The Phillies have 28 come-from-behind wins so you could say they had the Pittsburgh Pirates right where they wanted them Sunday afternoon.
Down by three runs, the Phils got the first two runners on base in the top of the sixth inning with the middle of the batting order due up.
The Phils came away with nothing in the inning as Pirates starter Nick Kingham got Carlos Santana to pop up before striking out Nick Williams and Scott Kingery.
And so went the Phillies’ best chance to get something going in what turned out to be a 4-1 loss at PNC Park.
Despite seeing their six-game winning streak come to an end, the Phillies had a pretty successful weekend in Pittsburgh. They won two of three and claimed a share of first place in the NL East as they head to New York for four games with the Mets and a series-opening doubleheader Monday.
Zach Eflin and probable All-Star Aaron Nola will start Monday’s game for the Phillies. On Sunday, the Phillies needed to reach down to Triple A for a starting pitcher. Drew Anderson got the call by virtue of being on the 40-man roster. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed eight hits and four runs over five innings and took a loss in his first major-league start.
Cesar Hernandez was held out of the starting lineup for the second day in a row — he struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth — after taking a foul ball off his right foot Friday night.
Manager Gabe Kapler used catcher Andrew Knapp in the leadoff spot. It was the first time in the live-ball era (starting in 1920) that a Phillies catcher batted leadoff.
Knapp went 0 for 4, but that didn’t make him unique. The Phillies had just four hits on the day. They struck out 12 times and went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position. Their only run came on a 422-foot solo homer from Nick Williams in the fourth.
Kingham, who had been hit hard in his previous start, a loss in Los Angeles, held the Phillies to four hits and a run over six innings of work. He helped his own cause with a two-out, two-run double against Anderson in the fourth inning.
To make room for Anderson on the roster, the Phillies sent reliever Yacksel Rios to Triple A.