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The bad times continued for the Phillies on Wednesday night, as they fell to the Orioles for the third straight game, this time by the score of 6-4.
Baltimore first baseman Chris Parmelee got the scoring started with a solo home run in the first inning off of Phillies’ starter Kevin Correia (0-1, 1.69 ERA). Parmelee has now hit three home runs in only two games in an Orioles uniform.
The Phillies were able to tie it in the bottom half of the first after Utley singled, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error, and scored on a wild pitch from Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez (5-3, 3.27 ERA).
Correia unraveled in the fourth, giving up a walk, three singles, a double, and four runs, to give Baltimore a big lead. However, thanks to a Freddy Galvis error that led off the inning, Correria wasn’t charged with any earned runs.
The Phillies threatened in the bottom half of the fourth after hits by Franco and Howard put runners on second and third with nobody out. But then Domonic Brown, Cameron Rupp, and Cody Asche each struck out consecutively. Brown is 2-8 with a pair of singles since rejoining the big league team.
Freddy Galvis provided the rest of the offense for the Phillies with his second home run of the season, a three-run blast in the 7th inning that cut the deficit to 6-4. The Phillies couldn’t get any closer though, and the game ended in disheartening fashion as Jeff Francoeur grounded into a double play with runners on first and third.
The Phillies will try to keep their losing streak in the single digits in an afternoon game tomorrow at Citizens Bank Park. They should have a decent chance at scoring some runs off of Baltimore starter Bud Norris (2-4, 8.29 ERA). On the other hand, we’re starting Sean O’Sullivan (1-5, 5.08 ERA), who has given up 18 earned runs in his last four starts. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.