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Phillies’ bullpen is the third worst this season (Phillies lose 4th straight)

The Phillies’ bullpen is the third worst this season with a 4.48 ERA, and its struggles continued when Adams and Bastardo allowed the winning run to score in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Twins at Target Field. The Phillies have lost four consecutive games to drop to 31-34, wasting last week’s five-game winning streak that gave them a winning record for the first time since last season.

The Phillies signed Adams to a two-year, $12 million contract in December to be their setup man. He brought a stellar reputation, but was a risk following surgery in October, when the first rib below his right clavicle was removed. Adams has had trouble staying healthy this season, although he has not missed time due to complications from the surgery. But he spent time on the disabled list last month because of a strained back, and missed some time in the past week after experiencing soreness in his right biceps.

Since Adams returned from the DL on May 26, he is 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA.

He started the eighth inning with the game tied at 2. It was his first appearance in five days, and he promptly walked Jamey Carroll on four pitches. Joe Mauer followed with a single to right to put runners on first and second.

Adams got Ryan Doumit on a fielder’s choice to put runners on the corners and then got Josh Willingham to foul out.

Enter Bastardo to face Twins first baseman Justin Morneau.

Morneau fouled off four consecutive pitches before hitting a 1-2 fastball up the middle to score Carroll and give the Twins the lead.