The Phillies ended their final homestand of the regular season in dubious fashion Thursday night. They suffered a 6-1 loss to the Washington Nationals, extending their season-high losing streak to six games. All the losses have come after the Phils clinched the NL East title on Saturday night.
The Nationals ended up sweeping the four-game series. It was the first time the Phils have been swept in a series of three or more games since Aug. 2010.
The game marked the Phils 204th straight sellout, dating to 2009. The Phils final season attendance was 3,680,718.
Starting pitching report: The most encouraging part of the night for the Phillies was the pitching of Roy Oswalt at least for the first eight innings. He allowed two runs in the third inning and both were avoidable. Ian Desmond blooped a catchable, two-out double between rightfielder John Bowker and second baseman Chase Utley and Roger Berandina followed with a ground-ball, RBI single.
Oswalt got the first two outs in the eighth before allowing three hits and a walk. One of the hits was a three-run homer to Michael Morse.
Rookie Brad Peacock allowed just one hit over 5 23 innings.
Bullpen report: Brad Lidge got the final out in the eighth.
Tom Gorzelanny, Ryan Mattheus, Tyler Clippard, Doug Slaten and Todd Coffey finished off the win for Washington.
At the plate: The Phillies had just two hits entering the ninth inning. Carlos Ruiz third hit of the game drove home John Mayberry Jr. (double) with two outs in the ninth for the Phils only run. Morses homer was his 28th.
Health check: Hunter Pence (left knee tendinitis) and Ryan Howard (sore left ankle) are both progressing, according to manager Charlie Manuel. Manuel believes both will be in the lineup over the weekend.
Up next: The Phils play their final six games on the road against the Mets and Braves.
They open a three-game series in New York on Friday night. Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.80) faces R.A. Dickey (8-13, 3.35).
The Phillies will plug Saturdays start with relievers. They have not named a starter yet.
Roy Halladay (18-6, 2.41) and Mike Pelfrey (7-12, 4.58) are the pitchers on Sunday afternoon.
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