Heading into the ninth inning with Cliff Lee on the mound, the Phillies coughed up a 3-0 lead and fell to the Padres in 10 innings on Monday, 4-3.
The Phillies practically gave the game away.
Lee, who coasted through eight innings, began the ninth by allowing a single and a double. Charlie Manuel then decided it was time for Jonathan Papelbon. The Phillies' closer served up a two-run flare single to San Diego's Kyle Blanks before a passed ball with two outs plated the Padres' (39-38) game-tying run.
The blown save was Papelbon's fourth in his last five opportunities after blowing four in his previous 56 chances.
The next frame was just as pitiful.
Offensively, the Phillies left a man stranded on third base with one out. In the bottom half of the 10th, Justin De Fratus loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batsmen, setting the stage for another RBI single from Blanks, this one being the game-winner.
In the final two innings, the Phillies surrendered four hits, walked three, hit two batters and let the game-tying run score on a passed ball.
The Phillies are back to five games below .500 (36-41), tying their season low, and have lost 11 of their last 16. They're now 9-14 in one-run contests, second-worst in the NL to only the Cubs (8-16).
Adams may need surgery
Per CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury, Mike Adams will see Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
After Adams' visit to ElAttrache, the Phillies will know whether or not their setup man needs surgery to fix a labrum issue in his right shoulder.
“It could require some surgery, but we don’t know yet,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “Our doctors are not recommending surgery, but we’ll see what [ElAttrache] says.”
Time winding down on Big Z
Carlos Zambrano will have one more start before the Phillies must make a decision on the right-hander come Monday. If Zambrano is not brought up to the Phillies' big-league squad, the 32-year-old can leave his minor-league deal and walk away.
Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.56) takes on Jason Marquis (9-2, 3.59) Tuesday night at 10:10 p.m.