The Phillies' miserable May continued in a 7-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.
The Phillies were out-hit, 11-1, over the first seven innings.
The Rockies hit for the cycle in the third inning on their way to scoring seven times against Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Phillies starting pitchers have an ERA of 6.39 in the month of May, second worst in baseball in that time.
The Phillies have lost five in a row, 9 of 10 and 20 of their last 24 games. They have the fewest wins in baseball at 15-29.
The Rockies lead the National League at 31-17. They go for a four-game sweep on Thursday. They have outscored the Phillies 23-5 in the first three games of the series.
The Phillies have scored just five runs in their last four games.
Starting pitching report
Hellickson allowed eight baserunners on six hits and two walks in the Rockies' seven-run third inning. He gave up a double, a triple, a homer and three singles in the frame. The homer was a three-run shot by Carlos Gonzalez on a 2-1 changeup.
Hellickson is 5-2 with a 4.28 ERA in 10 starts this season. He went went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five starts in April. His ERA in five starts in May is 7.30.
Colorado starter Tyler Chatwood, who entered the game with a 5.09 ERA, pitched seven shutout innings and gave up just one hit. He walked four and struck out eight.
Rockies starting pitchers have pitched 20 innings in this series and given up just two runs.
Adam Morgan pitched three scoreless innings for the Phillies.
Mike Dunn gave up two runs in the eighth to lose Colorado's shutout bid.
At the plate
The Phils went hitless until Andrew Knapp singled with two outs in the fifth. They entered the bottom of the eighth inning with just one hit. They got two hits in the inning, including a two-run homer from Michael Saunders, and finished the game with three.
Charlie Blackmon did not hit a home run — he entered with seven in his previous five games at Citizens Bank Park — but he did have a two-run single in the third. Gonzalez's three-run homer was the big blow.
In the field
The Phillies made an error and had a runner picked off in the first inning. Catcher Knapp threw out a would-be base stealer in the first inning.
Howie Kendrick started a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday night. He is expected to play four games and get time in left field and at first and third base. His work at third base could affect Maikel Franco, who was benched again Wednesday night (see story).
Morgan was optioned to Triple A Lehigh Valley after the game. A corresponding roster move will be made Thursday.
The series concludes on Thursday afternoon. Vince Velasquez (2-4, 5.98) pitches for the Phillies against Colorado lefty Tyler Anderson (3-4, 6.00).