The Phillies dropped their seventh consecutive game, extending their season-long skid as they fell to 10 games behind the first-place Braves with the trade deadline four days away.
Facing the AL's best pitcher, with the league's best hitter also returning to the lineup after missing four games to face a journeyman pitcher who had started just twice in his career, the Phillies were dealt an ugly 10-0 loss to the Tigers in Detroit on Saturday.
Raul Valdes was disastrous in a spot start for Cliff Lee, allowing nine runs, 12 hits and two home runs in 3.2 innings. He did not walk a batter while pumping strikes at a 73 percent rate. His season ERA rose from 7.59 to 9.72.
Per MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, Valdes became just the third pitcher in team history to allow a dozen or more hits and nine or more runs in less than four frames (Mike Mimbs, 1996 & Jimmy Ring, 1922).
Miguel Cabrera returned to Detroit's and promptly homered in his first at-bat — a solo shot. He went 2 for 3 with three RBIs (one in each AB) before starters started getting pulled in the fifth inning.
The original lineup featured Michael Martinez getting his first start of the season in center field, but by the end of the game, Mini-Mart manned third, Kevin Frandsen stood at second, Darin Ruf was at first and John McDonald at short. Steve Susdorf played left field and was hitless in two at-bats.
The offense managed two hits overall.
Per the Inquirer's Matt Gelb, Martinez was the first Phillie to play center field and third base in the same game since Cookie Rojas in 1964. So he's got that going for him.
With Atlanta's 2-0 win over the Cardinals, the Phillies dropped to 10 games out in the division. They're the same number out of the second wild-card and a season-worst six games under .500.
Sunday afternoon, Jonathan Pettibone (5-4, 3.97) opposes Rick Porcello (7-6, 4.49).