WASHINGTON (AP) — Even though it's early June, Jimmy Rollins can already envision a lost Philadelphia Phillies season in which key players are traded away.
The Phillies managed just four hits Thursday in a 4-2 loss to the Washington Nationals, stretching their season-high losing streak to six games.
Philadelphia sits at 24-34, including an NL-worst 9-20 since May 5, and is seven games off the NL East pace.
"It's getting out of control now," Rollins said. "We've got a chance to go out there and change that tomorrow. If not, then that's a decision they're going to make either way. But we'd like to put a streak together going the other direction. Be up in that left column, and find a way to win some games."
Kyle Kendrick (1-6) allowed four runs over seven innings and walked a season-high five to drop to 1-11 in his last 19 starts.
Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer in a three-run sixth inning, and Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth singled in runs to send the right-hander to an 11th straight road start without a win.
"Well, we lost, so it wasn't good enough," Kendrick said. "Yeah, I walked five guys, that's not good. Command wasn't great."
The Phillies' offense didn't help, sending five men to the plate in the first inning, when Chase Utley singled in Ben Revere to give them a short-lived 1-0 lead.
Philadelphia is batting just .224 over its last 29 games and has been outscored 30-8 in its last four after consecutive extra-inning losses to the Mets to start the losing streak.
Rollins said he couldn't point to any signs showing the club's offense would soon turn a corner.
"Not 'til it happens," he said. "You start hitting, and everybody starts feeling better when those Ws start going up. We haven't had any Ws, so everybody's kind of looking in the mirror, looking at themselves, looking around, trying to find a spark."