MIAMI -- The Phillies began a stretch of 12 out of 15 games on the road with a 4-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Monday night. The loss was the Phillies' 23rd in the last 29 games. They are 6-20 in May and 7-19 on the road.
The Phillies had just four hits in the game. It was the fifth time in the last nine games that they've had four or fewer hits.
The Phils have the worst record in the majors at 17-32. Miami is only slightly better at 19-30.
Starting pitching report
Jeremy Hellickson capped off a poor month of May by taking the loss. He gave up six hits, including a homer, and four runs in six innings. Two of the runs came after he had gotten two outs in the sixth inning.
Hellickson was terrific in April. He went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five starts. In May, however, he went 1-3 with a 7.04 ERA in six starts. He was tagged for 35 hits, including nine homers, in 30 2/3 innings.
Marlins right-hander Edinson Volquez entered the game 0-7 in his first nine starts. He found himself against the Phillies. He pitched six innings of three-hit, one-run ball for his first win of the season.
Volquez had not won since Aug. 25, 2016, (a span of 16 starts) when he beat the Marlins as a member of the Kansas City Royals. He signed a two-year, $22 million contract with the Marlins in the offseason.
Neither bullpen gave up a run. Marlins closer A.J. Ramos struck out three in the ninth after a leadoff walk.
At the plate
Hellickson walked, Cesar Hernandez doubled and Aaron Altherr followed with an RBI single for the Phillies' only run in the sixth.
Maikel Franco went 0 for 3. He is 2 for his last 21 and hitting .209.
The Marlins used three hits and a sacrifice bunt to rally for two runs in the third inning. Dee Gordon had an RBI double and Giancarlo Stanton an RBI single.
The Marlins tagged on two more runs in the sixth. J.T. Realmuto had a two-out single against Hellickson and Derek Dietrich followed with a two-run homer on a high, 1-0 changeup from Hellickson.
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