The Phillies wasted another good pitching performance in losing 4-3 to the Los Angeles Angels in interleague play on Tuesday night.
Third baseman Cody Asche in the sixth inning made two errors (he had three in the game) behind Cliff Lee that led to four unearned runs.
On Sunday, Cole Hamels threw 133 pitches and allowed just one run in seven innings. The Phillies lost that game, 5-4, to the Mets when Jonathan Papelbon called in sore and Antonio Bastardo could not protect a three-run lead in the ninth.
The Phillies have fallen back to three games under .500 at 17-20. They are 1-7 against American League clubs.
The Angels are 20-18.
The crowd, pumped up by a visit from Angels centerfielder Mike Trout of Millville, N.J., was 41,959, the largest since the home opener.
Starting pitching report
For the second straight game, Lee was backed by poor defense. He went seven innings and was charged with four runs, but none of them were earned after third baseman Asche made two errors in the Angels’ four-run sixth.
Lee scattered six hits, walked one and struck out seven.
In his previous start in Toronto, Lee gave up five seventh-inning runs after centerfielder Ben Revere misplayed a ball into a triple.
Lee is 3-4 with a 3.23 ERA.
Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker pitched five innings of two-run ball in his second big-league start. He left with a 4-2 lead after his teammates rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth.
Mike Adams and Jake Diekman both pitched a scoreless inning for the Phillies. Papelbon was available, but did not pitch (see story).
The Angels’ bullpen held the Phillies to one run in four innings. Ernesto Frieri got the save.
At the plate
The Phillies had just four hits. Two were triples, by Chase Utley and Domonic Brown.
Luis Jimenez drove in two runs for the Angels with a double in the sixth.
Trout went 1 for 5.
In the field
Revere made an excellent running catch in center field to steal a hit from Chris Iannetta in the fourth inning.
Asche made three errors.
Angels third baseman Jimenez made a diving stab to steal a hit from Marlon Byrd in the bottom of the sixth. Jimenez turned it into a double play when he tagged Utley, who read the ball as a hit and broke to third from second.
The Phillies recalled utility infielder Cesar Hernandez from Double A (see story). Hernandez came up after Jayson Nix was outrighted off the 40-man roster. Nix exercised his right to refuse assignment to Triple A and became a free agent.
A.J. Burnett (2-2, 2.90) pitches Wednesday afternoon against Angels right-hander Garrett Richards (3-0, 2.80).
The Phillies are off on Thursday.
Kyle Kendrick will start Friday night against Cincinnati.
Cole Hamels will start Saturday night.
Lee will start on Sunday afternoon.
Because of off days, the Phils can skip No. 5 starter Roberto Hernandez. His turn in the rotation will come up again a week from Friday against the Dodgers in Philadelphia.