PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — It was another great night for baseball over at PNC Park Saturday, and the fans are responding to a young baseball team that is developing quickly.
With another win over the best team in the National League, the Pirates once again sent Philadelphia Phillies fans off in a bad mood with their 6-3 win.
The Pirates, 15th in the NL in home attendance, drew the largest crowd in 11-year-old PNC Park’s history, 39,441, helped by plenty of Philly fans.
The Pirates have won four of five and could complete a sweep of first-place Philadelphia on Sunday to reach .500.
Charlie Morton pitched seven solid innings for the Bucs as the Phillies lost their fourth consecutive game.
Morton was 2-12 with a 7.57 ERA last season as the Pirates lost 105 games. But he has won four of his past five decisions to improve to 6-2. His ERA stands at 2.52 – fourth in the NL – after allowing a total of six earned runs over his past five starts.
Morton was charged with two runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts Saturday, his trademark sinker inducing 11 groundball outs to only two outfield putouts.
Andrew McCutchen and Lyle Overbay each had three hits for the Pirates and Brandon Wood hit a home run.
The Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins fouled a ball off his right knee during the game’s first at bat and was taken out of the game by the bottom of the third with a bruised right knee.
With Joe Blanton on the disabled list and Vance Worley in the minors, Kyle Kendrick (3-4) made his third start of the season for Philadelphia and his first since May 19. He was charged with four runs on eight hits with no walks or strikeouts in five innings.
Placido Polanco hit a two-out single with the bases loaded in the ninth, but Chase Utley flied out to end the game.
The Pirates and Phillies finish up their three-game series Sunday at 1:35 p.m.
The Pirates have won six of seven at home against the Phillies and are 22-12 against them at PNC Park.