HITLESS PHILLIES SINKING LIKE A ROCK, LOSE TO BREW CREW 4-1

The Phillies have lost seven straight games while scoring three runs or fewer in all of them. They have scored three runs or fewer in 34 of 54 games this season.

By Annie Ross

The Phillies are sinking like a rock in the National League East.

Chris Carter and Jonathan Villar homered, Chase Anderson delivered another effective start and the Brewers continued a winning streak at Citizens Bank Park that began long before that trio’s tenure.

It reached eight games over three seasons with last night’s 4-1 win over the Phillies in the opener of a four-game series.

Maikel Franco continued to torment Brewers pitchers with two hits, including his ninth home run, but he flied out in a critical at-bat against Milwaukee reliever Will Smith in the sixth as the teams traded late-inning threats.

The Brewers left the bases loaded in the sixth and the eighth — the latter inning ending with a disputed strikeout — but Villar’s two-run home run in the ninth provided insurance on the way to Milwaukee’s seventh victory in 10 games.

“The one thing [Villar] hasn’t done is hit home runs, and then he goes and hits a home run,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s a complete game, for sure.”

The Phillies have lost seven straight games while scoring three runs or fewer in all of them. They have scored three runs or fewer in 34 of 54 games this season.

Anderson lowered his ERA over his past five starts to 2.97 by allowing a run on three hits and no walks in 5 2/3 innings. Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff pitched into the seventh before leaving the game when a comebacker struck his foot.

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