By Sam Bush
The Phillies lost to the Cleveland Indians yesterday, 10-1, and they now have to go 9-0 the rest of the way to make the postseason.
The Phillies (79-75) are six games out in the NL wild-card chase with eight games left. They open a five-game series at Washington tonight. The Nationals and Brewers are tied for the top spot.
Fielding errors by starting pitcher Vince Velasquez (7-8) and shortstop Jean Segura made the three fifth-inning runs unearned.
“In order for us to win big games we have to take the outs that they give us and we didn’t play our best defensive game,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “I don’t think there is any way you can spin it.”
Carrasco (6-7) relieved starter Adam Plutko with two on in the fifth and got All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto to hit into an inning-ending double play. Carrasco, in his ninth appearance since leaving the club in June to treat leukemia, struck out three and allowed one hit in 2 2/3 scoreless innings.
Cleveland, which is 63-34 since June 4, is still without Corey Kluber, who broke his right arm after being hit with a line drive May 1 and then strained an oblique muscle. Second baseman Jason Kipnis, who broke his right hand last week, will have surgery Tuesday.
Francisco Lindor and Mike Freeman also drove in runs for Cleveland, which has won six of seven.
Realmuto’s RBI double put the Phillies ahead in the third.
The Indians took advantage of sloppy play in the fifth, which paid off with Mercado’s drive into the bleachers in left field on an 0-2 pitch.
Segura couldn’t come up with a bare-hand grab of leadoff hitter Greg Allen’s grounder. Velasquez fielded Roberto Pérez’s bunt with his bare hand but dropped the ball, putting two runners on.