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Phils Come Up Short

The Phillies ended their west coast swing this week with an extra inning loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

The A’s took the series from the Phils, and Philadelphia went 2-5 on the trip.

A.J. Burnett started for the Phillies and struggled badly early on. He lasted just 4.1 innings, and allowed six earned runs on three hits and six walks. His season walk total is now 93, which leads the National League.

Fortunately for Burnett, the Phillies were able to hang with the Athletics today, getting six runs of their own on 11 hits against Oakland starter Scott Kazmir. He lasted only 5.1 innings.

The Philadelphia bullpen took charge from there, combining to allow two runs in the next four innings. Those two, of course, were the game winners that came in the 10th inning.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez came on in the 10th, and allowed a one out single to Nate Freiman. Josh Donaldson then sent the Phillies home with a two run home run to center field. Gonzalez took the loss, his first as a Phillie.

Burnett avoided his 18th loss of the season, but again struggled with command.

The Phillies did out-hit the A’s 13-9, with Ben Revere, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Marlon Byrd and Cody Asche each chipping in two.

The Phils have Monday off before traveling to Miami to begin a series with the Marlins on Tuesday night. Cole Hamels gets the start against Henderson Alvarez for Miami.

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