Bailey falls flat again, Phillies lose 2-1 to Braves

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Andrew Bailey can't explain why he's pitching so poorly. He just knows the Philadelphia Phillies might not give him many more chances.
 
   "Clearly I'm struggling. It's frustrating to go through this," he said Sunday after allowing Jeff Francoeur's tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning of the Philadelphia Phillies' 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
 
   Bailey (3-1) has allowed 19 earned runs in his last 16 2/3 innings.
 
   Mauricio Cabrera (2-0), the fourth of six Atlanta pitchers, pitched a one-hit seventh.
 
   Jimmy Paredes entered as a defensive replacement in the seventh and homered against Chris Withrow in the eighth.
 
   Jim Johnson pitched a hitless ninth for his sixth save in nine chances. After Tommy Joseph's leadoff walk, Aaron Altherr grounded into a double play and Carlos Ruiz struck out.
 
   Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff faced one over the minimum and struck out one in five innings, throwing 34 of 51 pitches for strikes. Jace Peterson reached on an infield single in the fourth, but Eickhoff got Freddie Freeman to ground into a double play. 
 
   Eickhoff was replaced by David Hernandez to begin the sixth following a 24-minute rain delay. 
 
   "Not taking any chances when you sit for a half hour," manager Pete Mackanin said.
 
   Bailey allowed four batters to reach that were down two strikes in the count. He elevated a fastball on the outside corner against Franceour but didn't expect him to swing and go to the opposite field.
 
   "Yeah, it surprised me," Bailey said, "but that's kind of the way things are going for me."
 
   Philadelphia's offense missed on a couple of chances through the first five innings. Altherr ran through third-base coach Juan Samuel's sign and was thrown out at third.
 
   The Phillies went 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position and have hit .151 in those situations over the last 10 games. 
 
   Francoeur's homer was his first at Turner Field as a Brave since June 24, 2009, against the Yankees.
 
   "When I was 22 or 23, it was like, `Oh, I'll do it again tomorrow,"' he said. "It was a good opportunity to get in there today and contribute."
 
   Braves starter Joel De La Cruz gave up three hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings in his third big league start. The 27-year-old  made his first start and eighth appearance since July 4, when he gave up seven runs -- four earned -- in the second inning of an 8-2 loss at Philadelphia.
 
   HELP ON THE WAY
 
   With the majors' least productive offense, Atlanta is eager to have slugger Matt Kemp in the lineup after Saturday night's trade with San Diego. The 31-year-old outfielder is to make his Braves debut Tuesday against Pittsburgh. Kemp was acquired for troubled outfielder Hector Olivera and $10.5 million.
 
   SLUMPING FRANCO
 
   Maikel Franco is hitless in 17 at-bats, dropping his batting average to .297.
 
   BEEN A WHILE
 
   When the Phillies scored four runs in the eighth of Saturday's 9-5 win, it marked the first time since 1992 that they sent nine straight batters to the plate in an inning without getting a hit. Atlanta walked four, committed two fielding errors and hit a batter.
 
   TRAINER'S ROOM
 
   Atlanta LHP Matt Marksberry was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a rotator cuff inflammation. INF Daniel Castro was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. 
 
   UP NEXT: 
 
   Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin (3-4) is to start Tuesday against San Francisco. He allowed five hits and no earned runs in six innings of a no-decision June 24 at the Giants.
 
   Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (4-4) is slated to pitch Tuesday against Pittsburgh.
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