WASHINGTON -- The Phillies’ losing streak reached six games in a 4-2 loss to the Washington Nationals on Thursday.
The Nationals swept the three-game series by a combined score of 19-6. The Phils have lost 11 of their last 15 to the Nationals, dating to last season. They have been outscored 84-43 in those games.
The Phillies have now fallen 10 games under .500 at 24-34. They are an NL-worst 9-20 since May 5.
Starting pitching report
Kyle Kendrick (1-6) gave up his usual first-inning run (12 in 12 starts) and three more in the fifth in taking his sixth loss. His totals: 7 innings, 6 hits, 4 runs, 5 walks, 2 strikeouts, 1 home run. The five walks were a season-high.
Kendrick and Wednesday night’s starter A.J. Burnett combined to walk nine in 13 innings in the second and third games of the series.
Washington right-hander Doug Fister (4-1) held the Phils to four hits and two runs in seven innings. He walked none and struck out five. In the series, Washington’s starting pitchers struck out 20 and walked just one in 22 innings.
Justin De Fratus and Jake Diekman combined on a scoreless inning for the Phillies.
Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano (12th save) closed it out for the Nationals, who used the sweep to pull within a game of the first-place Braves in the NL East.
At the plate
The Phillies hit just two home runs in the series, both by reserve player John Mayberry Jr. He smacked a solo shot off Fister in the seventh inning. The Phils took a 1-0 lead on a Ben Revere double and a Chase Utley single in the first inning. It was their first and only lead of the series and it was short-lived.
Ryan Zimmerman drove home a run with a single in the first inning for Washington. Kendrick allowed a leadoff double to Denard Span in the fifth. Jayson Werth drove him home with an RBI single and Adam LaRoche followed with a two-run home run to give the Nats a 4-1 lead.
The Phillies pick seventh overall in Thursday night's draft (see story).
The Phillies open a three-game series in Cincinnati on Friday night. Here are the pitching matchups:
Friday night – LH Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.01) vs. RH Johnny Cueto (5-4, 1.68)
Saturday afternoon – RH Roberto Hernandez (2-3, 4.03) vs. RH Alfredo Simon (7-3, 3.03)
Sunday afternoon – RH David Buchanan (1-2, 6.11) vs. RH Homer Bailey (6-3, 4.99)