The Phillies managed just four hits last night, wasting another strong performance from Kendrick and falling to the Reds 2-1.

The Phils pulled ahead 1-0 in the top of the fourth on a double, a hit by pitch and two walks, the second of which forced in Utley to put the Phillies ahead. Jay Bruce, who homers every day, hit a two-run homer off of Kendrick in the bottom of the sixth for the only other scoring of the game.

The Phillies had two huge chances to add more runs, one in fourth and another in the fifth.

In the fourth they led 1-0 with the bases loaded and one out. Schierholtz hit a ball into center that Drew Stubbs charged and gloved on a hop. He was credited with a catch, but the ball clearly hit the ground. Chaos reigned on the bases and Mayberry was doubled off of second to end the frame.

Kratz led off the fifth with a single, but Kendrick could not bunt him to second with the first out. The no-bunt proved to be critical when Rollins followed with a double that only moved Kratz up to third. Frandsen couldn’t bring the runner home from third with less than two outs and Utley grounded to third to leave both runners stranded.

The Phillies are 65-71 on the year after losing to the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 last night. They are in third place in the NL East, 18 1/2 games behind the first-place Nationals.

Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a two-run homer by Jay Bruce. Kendrick struck out three.

Kendrick has a 2.78 ERA in 57 2/3 innings over 15 appearances (eight starts) since the start of July. Six of his last seven starts have been good and he’s thrown to a 2.95 ERA with a ratio in those seven outings. He’s dropped his walk rate since the start of July, but mostly this is about hits. From the start of the season through the end of June, opponents hit .298 against him with a BABIP of .332. From the start of July through last night, they have hit .212 against him with a BABIP of .235.

Drew Stubbs was the first batter for the Reds in the bottom of the first. Kendrick got ahead of him 1-2, but walked him 3-2. Wilson Valdez was next and grounded to short with Stubbs forced at second for the first out. Valdez stole second and then moved up to third when Brandon Phillips grounded softly to Frandsen on a nice barehanded play for the second out. Ryan Ludwick flew to left to leave Valdez at third.

Kendrick set the Reds down in order in the second. Utley made a diving play to take a hit away from Scott Rolen and threw to first for the third out.

Ryan Hanigan singled to left to start the third. The pitcher Mat Latos was next and bunted, but Kratz fielded the ball and threw to second to force Hanigan for the first out. Stubbs was next and singled to left, putting runners on first and second for Valdez. Valdez grounded to Rollins with Stubbs forced at second for the second out, dropping his average on the year to .199. With Phillips at the plate, Kratz picked Latos off of third to end the inning.

Horst for Valdez was a good trade for the Phillies (in case you were wondering).

The Phillies were up 1-0 when Kendrick started the fourth. Bruce reached on an infield single with two outs, but Kendrick got Frazier on a ground ball to third for the third out.

Hanigan singled to left with one out in the fifth and Latos bunted him to second with the second out. Kendrick struck Stubbs out swinging 2-2 to leave him there.

Ludwick singled to right with two outs in the sixth. That brought Bruce to the plate and Bruce hit a 2-1 pitch from Kendrick out to right, putting the Reds up 2-1. Kendrick struck Frazier out swinging to end the inning.

Third game in a row that Bruce has homered. He hit one in the last game of the Reds’s series with the Astros and in each of the first two games so far against the Phils.

Lindblom pitched the seventh. He got the first two before lefty Xavier Paul hit for the pitcher Latos. Paul doubled to left. Lindblom struck Stubbs out swinging to leave Paul at second.

Lindblom has allowed a run on two hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings over his last seven appearances, which has dropped his ERA with the Phillies from 7.88 to 5.02. Opponents have hit just .176 against him with the Phils, but with 11 walks in 14 1/3 innings.

Rosenberg started the eighth. He got the first two before walking Ludwick. Denis Phipps ran for Ludwick. Diekman came in to pitch to the lefty Bruce and walked him, too, putting runners on first and second for righty Todd Frazier . Righty Justin De Fratus came in to pitch to him and Frazier walked as well, loading the bases for Rolen. Rolen flew to right to leave them loaded.

Three straight walks for the pen after getting the first two hitters to start the inning.

Rosenberg faces three hitters, getting the first two out before walking Ludwick. He’s been charged with five runs in two innings over his last three appearances. Lefties are 3-for-10 against him for the year with seven walks.

Diekman faced one batter in the game and walked him. First action for Diekman since July 29. He has walked 16 in 21 1/3 innings for the year.

De Fratus faces two hitters, walking one and getting Rolen on a fly ball with the bases loaded. He was pitching for the second straight day and has now gone 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the year, allowing no hits and two walks.

The number of walks that the bullpen is allowing is getting a little out of hand. Coming into the game, Phillie relievers had walked 36 batters in 78 1/3 innings over the last 31 games. That’s about 4.14 batters per nine, which is too high.

Overall the bullpen went two scoreless innings last night, allowing a hit and three walks.

De Fratus was pitching for the second straight day and threw 13 pitches. Lindblom 17, Rosenberg 17 and Diekman five.

The Phillies lineup against righty Mat Latos went (1) Rollins (2) Frandsen (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Schierholtz (8) Kratz. Schierholtz in right with Brown in left. With Pierre on the bench, Frandsen hits second.

The Phillies went in order in the top of the first.

Howard started the second with a single to left. Mayberry and Brown went down on a pair of fly balls for the first two outs. Schierholtz was next and hit a 3-2 pitch well down the first base line, but Bruce made a nice play running into the wall in the right field corner for the third out.

Kratz and Kendrick struck out as the Phillies went in order in the third.

Utley doubled to center with one out in the fourth. Howard was hit by a pitch behind him and Mayberry walked, loading the bases for Brown. Brown walked on four pitches, forcing Utley in to put the Phillies up 1-0 with one down and the bases still loaded for Schierholtz. Schierholtz lined a ball into center. Stubbs charged and trapped the ball, but nobody on the bases knew what was going on. Stubbs threw to second to double-up Mayberry for the second out and end the inning. Howard had stayed at third thinking the ball was caught, so the Reds threw home anyway.

Stubbs clearly didn’t catch the ball in center. Think it’s safe to say there was some confusion on the base paths on the part of the Phillie runners.

Bad call to give Stubbs the catch when he didn’t make one, but I think the Phillies are doubled-up either way. Mayberry ran from second to third while Howard held third. If it’s a catch, Mayberry is easily doubled off of second. If it’s not, Brown is forced at second and Howard is out at home (or Mayberry is out at third, but they can’t both be there). Would have been nice to get one clear call, but I think the result winds up the same either way.

Kratz singled to center to start the fifth. Kendrick struck out trying to bunt him to second for the first out before Rollins chopped a double over Frazier and into right for a double, moving Kratz up to third. Frandsen grounded to third for the second out with the runners holding. Utley grounded to short to leave both runners stranded.

Kendrick can’t bunt the runner to second with the first out and it costs the Phils a run when Kratz doesn’t score from first on the double. After that, the Phillies don’t score after putting runners on second and third with one out. Frandsen grounds out to third for the second out with the runners holding.

The double was career hit number 2,000 for Rollins.

Latos got the Phillies in order in the sixth.

The Reds were up 2-1 when he did it again in the seventh. Nix hit for Kendrick and flew to left for the third out.

Righty Jonathan Broxton set the Phillies down in order in the eighth.

Lefty Aroldis Chapman, who is sadly unhittable, started the ninth for the Reds with a one-run lead. Howard led off and struck out. Mayberry drew a walk and Wigginton hit for the lefty Brown. Wigginton hit a 1-2 pitch well to left, but Heisey took it in front of the warning track for the second out. Polanco hit for Schierholtz and struck out swinging 1-2 to end the game.

Mayberry is now a walking machine against left-handed pitching. He’s up to two now in 144 plate appearances.

Rollins was 1-for-4 with a double. 7-for-17 with two doubles and two home runs to start September. 261/320/499 with 16 home runs over his last 381 plate appearances.

Frandsen 0-for-4. Couldn’t bring Kratz home from third with the second out in the fifth. 3-for-his-last-16 with three singles and a walk.

Utley 1-for-4 with a double. 4-for-his-last-27 (.148).

Howard 1-for-3 with a strikeout. 6-for-his-last-36 (.167).

Mayberry 0-for-2 with two walks. 287/343/484 in 172 plate appearances since the start of July.

Brown 0-for-2 with a walk, a strikeout and the RBI for the Phils. 0-for-his-last-17 with a walk.

Schierholtz 0-for-3. 0-for-his-last-15 going back to before he went on the DL. 189/244/297 in 42 plate appearances with the Phillies.

Kratz 1-for-3 with a single. He’s 6-for-his-last-16.

Halladay (8-7, 4.02) faces righty Mike Leake (7-8, 4.45) this afternoon in a rematch of the game the teams played on August 20. Halladay didn’t make it out of the fifth inning in his most recent start, allowing four runs on seven hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings against the Braves. Coming into that game, Halladay had walked ten in 88 1/3 innings over his last 14 starts. Opponents are hitting .338 against him over his last three starts. The Phillies faced Leake on August 20 and pounded him, plating seven runs on ten hits over 4 1/3 innings. He’s had two starts since then and both of them have been good.