Late HR can't quite make up for Galvis' miscue

Shortstop's fourth-inning error leads to four unearned runs for Orioles

Late HR can't quite make up for Galvis' miscue

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies kept their 2015 expectations more than reasonable for Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis. If he could hit .250, they would be thrilled, because he plays such good defense.

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But Galvis' error to start the fourth inning Wednesday night in a 6-4 loss to the Orioles at Citizens Bank Park led to four unearned runs. The Phillies have lost nine consecutive games, which is the team's longest losing streak since an 11-game skid in Sept. 1999. They have lost 19 of their last 22 to drop to 22-45, which is their worst start since '97.

"Nobody wants to make errors," Galvis said. "Nobody wants to make a bad pitch. Everybody wants to get a home run. Sometimes you have to let it go. When you try too much, sometimes that happens."

Galvis has committed 10 errors this season, which is tied for the sixth most among shortstops. His .965 fielding percentage entering the game ranked 18th out of 25 qualified shortstops.

"I have to make some adjustments on my throws," Galvis said. "Most of the errors have been on my throws. I've been working on it. I hope everything will be all right."

But this one came on a slow ground ball. Galvis charged the ball, but came up empty.

"I don't think he's a guy that should have 10 errors at this stage of the game," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "This was a hard one, charging in, but it's one I've seen him make."

Galvis also has been struggling offensively after a hot start. He was batting .355 (43-for-121) with an .827 OPS in 35 games through May 15. But Galvis entered the night batting .137 (13-for-95) with a .313 OPS in 24 games since.

Perhaps a three-run home run to right field in the seventh inning -- his second homer of the season -- gets him back on track.

"I'd prefer the 'W' tomorrow, the win tomorrow for us," said Galvis, asked if he hopes the homer gets him going offensively. "Like I said, man, play hard every day, go hard. That's all we can do."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.