"I think we've got to add on when we score runs and we got to put some teams away especially when we got guys on base, especially in scoring position, we got to knock them in. We're having a lot of trouble doing that right now," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
Suppan was making just his third start of the season after being recalled from Triple-A Tuscon on May 2. The 37-year-old was signed to a minor league deal during the offseason and spent last year with Kansas City's Triple-A affiliate in Omaha.
"Rollins hit a home run to start the game and then they had some good situational hitting. I tried to keep the ball down, changed speeds and keep it close," Suppan said.
Suppan has lost each of his last seven decisions against the Phillies dating to April 9, 2005. He is 0-7 in his last nine starts with his teams losing all nine. The last time he beat the Phillies was May 6, 2004 while he was with St. Louis.
Notes: Suppan made his 415th career start and ranks fourth among active pitchers. Jamie Moyer leads with 635. Livan Hernandez (474) and former Phillies pitcher Kevin Millwood (421) follow. ... Rollins came in just 9 for 27 with two home runs in his career against Suppan. ... Announced attendance was 45,442 for the Phillies' 220th consecutive regular season sellout. ... Hunter Pence went 0 for 4 and is now mire in a 2-for-23 slump. ... Pierre went 2 for 4 and has seven hits in his last 16 at-bats.
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