- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Three straight losses by the same score left Phillies manager Pete Mackanin bewildered by his team’s inability to support strong pitching.

It has been that kind of season for Philadelphia, which now has a more secure hold on the worst record in the majors.

Aaron Nola gave the Phillies another strong start but reliever Luis Garcia gave up A.J. Pierzynski’s run-scoring single in the ninth as the Atlanta Braves beat Philadelphia 2-1 on Sunday.

It was the third straight 2-1 loss for the Phillies in the series between the teams with the worst records in the majors.

“We’ve been concerned about our starting pitcher the whole season,” Mackanin said. “Now we get three outstanding performances and we can’t score a run.”

Nola gave up one run on five hits and three walks in seven innings.

Braves starter Julio Teheran was perfect through six innings before giving up a single to Freddy Galvis to lead off the seventh. He allowed one run on five hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in 8 1-3 innings.

“Everything was working today,” Teheran said. “I was ahead in the count most of the day and I was attacking hitters. That was the difference. I know I didn’t get the win, but I’m glad the team got the win.”

With the game tied 1-1 in the ninth, Simmons reached on a one-out infield hit against Garcia (3-6) and advanced to second on third baseman Cody Asche’s throwing error. Simmons stole third before Jace Peterson walked.

Pierzynski, who entered as a replacement for injured catcher Christian Bethancourt in the top of the inning, dropped a single into shallow left-center field to drive in Simmons.

“We had our chances to get the job done and in the end we didn’t do it,” said Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp. “We didn’t get the job done this series.”

Peter Moylan (1-0) recorded the final two outs in the ninth for his first win since June 15, 2013 with the Dodgers.

Teheran gave up singles to Aaron Altherr and Brian Bogusevic in the ninth. Andres Blanco’s two-out single off Moylan drove in Altherr, who slid across the plate. Bethancourt was hurt stretching for the tag.

NO POUTING ALLOWED

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said he took Herrera out of the game after Herrera hit a pop fly and threw his bat. “Also, he didn’t run hard,” Mackanin said. “Boys play Little League. Men play Major League Baseball. We will not pout. We will not feel sorry for ourselves. If you want to, you don’t belong here.”

Mackanin said Herrera has “been pouting for a few days. And I want to make sure he gets the message.”

NO PERFECTION

No Braves pitcher has thrown a perfect game. Atlanta’s last no-hitter was thrown by Kent Mercker in a 6-0 win against the Dodgers on April 8, 1994.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies: Altherr said before the game his left wrist is still “bothering me a little bit, but not enough to keep me out.” He started in left field and moved to center in the fourth when Herrera was removed from the game.

Braves: Assistant GM John Coppolella announced RHP Mike Foltynewicz has blood clots in his right arm and has been in Atlanta’s Piedmont Hospital since Friday. Foltynewicz is on blood thinners. He had been on the DL since Sept. 2 with inflammation in his ribs. Coppolella said the blood clots are not related to the ribs injury.

UP NEXT

Phillies: Following an off day on Monday, the Phillies open a three-game series at Miami on Tuesday. RHP Aaron Harang (5-15) is scheduled to face RHP Tom Koehler.

Braves: The final road trip of the season begins at the Mets on Monday night when RHP Shelby Miller (5-15) again will try for his first win since May 17. Miller’s streak of 22 winless starts is the longest for any pitcher in a season during which he was an All-Star.

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