PHILADELPHIA (AP) Phillies starter Hans Crouse gave up a home run to Cole Tucker on his first major league pitch and Philadelphia's playoff hopes took a hit Sunday with a 6-0 loss to Max Kranick and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Phillies, who had won five in a row, began the day trailing NL East-leading Atlanta by 1 1/2 games. Philadelphia visits the Braves for a three-game series starting Tuesday night.
"We've got to win one game Tuesday," Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. "That's how you have to look at it. Take the day off, rest tomorrow, guys can probably use the day off. Then you've got to win one game Tuesday."