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."
Fister (4-1) struck out five and didn't walk any as he won his fourth consecutive start for what's starting to look like the tough-act-to-follow rotation expected from the Nationals this season. Jordan Zimmermann, Steven Strasburg and Doug Fister combined to strike out 20 and walk just one over the series. The Nationals have won five of six, outscoring their opponents 38-12 in that stretch.
Fister, who missed all of April with a lat strain, struggled in his season debut but hasn't allowed more than two runs in a game since.
"He was really good," said John Mayberry Jr., who homered off Fister in the seventh. "Obviously his ball moves a lot, and he had command of his fastball, his curveball, and he knows how to get it done."
Utley's first-inning RBI single gave Philadelphia its only lead of the series, but the Nationals tied it in the bottom of the inning on a two-out RBI single by third baseman-turned-outfielder Zimmerman.
Washington added three runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Werth and LaRoche's homer.
NOTES: After facing three impressive Nationals' starters, the Phillies face Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto (5-4, 1.68) in the opener of a three-game road series Friday. . OF Marlon Byrd was given a day off for the first time this season. Byrd had started all but one game this year ... The Phillies' losing streak is their longest since dropping eight straight in July 2013.