Time is beginning to run out on the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Phillies can’t afford to lose too many more games if they hope to remain in the NL wild-card race. Philadelphia will try to win the decisive game of its series with the Cincinnati Reds and close the gap on the wild card-leading Houston Astros.
The Phillies were unable to overcome a three-run deficit and lost 3-2 to the Reds on Saturday, falling two games behind Houston. The Astros beat the Cubs 8-3 on Saturday.
Philadelphia allowed 13 hits and 10 runs Friday night, but used a five-run ninth to beat the Reds 11-10. The Phillies gave up only four hits and three runs Saturday.
“The bottom line is we’ve got to win and keep on going,” Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. “I think we’ve still got a shot. Before the game, if you had told me they were only going to score three runs, I would have said we win that game.”
The Phillies scored a run in the seventh and another in the eighth to get within one run, but David Weathers pitched a perfect ninth as Philadelphia had its three-game winning streak snapped.
Weathers blew a four-run lead Friday, but bounced back to earn his 15th save in 19 opportunities. He struck out David Bell—who hit the go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth on Friday—then got Ryan Howard and pinch-hitter Michael Tucker to ground out.
Phillies center fielder Jimmy Rollins singled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 29 games, tying the major league season high set by Boston’s Johnny Damon from June 10 through July 17.