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Orioles hand Phillies their ninth straight loss

Chris Parmelee homered for the third time in two games and Travis Snider also went deep as the Baltimore Orioles handed the host Philadelphia Phillies their ninth straight defeat, 6-4, last night.

David Lough doubled and had two RBIs for Baltimore, which won its 12th game in the last 14. Ubaldo Jimenez (5-3) struck out eight and walked none while giving up four runs on eight hits in 62/3 innings.

Freddy Galvis homered for Philadelphia, which has lost 19 of 22 to sink to 23 games under .500. Philadelphia has been outscored 57-18 during the skid while getting out-homered 19-2.

The Phillies returned home after a historically bad road trip in which they lost all eight games, marking the first time since their inaugural season in 1883 that they went winless on a road trip of at least eight games. They didn't do any better at home. At least the bullpen phone stayed on the hook this time.

Adding to the embarrassment of Tuesday's 19-3 loss in Baltimore, Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg was unable to get a reliever warming up to spell outfielder Jeff Francoeur, filling in as a reliever, because the bullpen phone was off the hook.

Pitching coach Bob McClure ended up waiving a white towel to get the bullpen's attention. In the end, no one was called in to relieve Francoeur, who threw 48 pitches in two innings, prompting Chase Utley to bark at McClure during a mound visit.

Francoeur was out of the starting lineup last night and grounded into a game-ending double play as a pinch hitter. "It's a mishap that can happen, but can never happen again," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said before last night's game.

Rays 5, Nationals 0: Steven Souza Jr. hit his 13th home run and Curt Casali blasted the first of his career to help visiting Tampa Bay. Matt Andriese (2-1) pitched four shutout innings of relief for the AL East-leading Rays. Reliever-turned-starter Steve Geltz got the first six outs in what manager Kevin Cash called a bullpen game. Jordan Zimmermann (5-5) allowed three runs in seven innings for Washington.

Braves 5, Red Sox 2: Nick Markakis singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh and host Atlanta beat the struggling Red Sox, who have dropped eight of nine and 11 of 12 on the road. Red Sox manager John Farrell showed his frustration in the bottom of the seventh, getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

Cubs 17, Indians 0: Kris Bryant had a grand slam and Kyle Schwarber was 4-for-5, including his first major league hit and RBI for visiting Chicago. The Cubs scored seven times in the ninth inning, which ended with Indians position players Ryan Raburn and David Murphy pitching.

Pirates 3, White Sox 2: Jeff Locke allowed two runs in six innings and Jung Ho Kang hit a two-run home run as visiting Pittsburgh won its seventh straight. The Pirates, who had thrown three straight shutouts, saw their streak of scoreless innings end at 35. The White Sox have lost six straight.

Twins 3, Cardinals 1: Tommy Milone gave up one run in seven innings and Glen Perkins improved to 23 for 23 in save tries for host Minnesota. Carlos Martinez (7-3) gave up two runs -- one earned -- on five hits and struck out six in 62/3 innings for St. Louis.

Royals 10, Brewers 2: Joe Blanton picked up his first victory in nearly two years with five solid innings and Alcides Escobar equaled his career high with four RBIs for host Kansas City. Blanton (1-0) had not won since June 29, 2013, while with the Los Angeles Angels against Houston. -- AP


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