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Circus act fifth inning dooms Phillies in second straight loss to Braves

ATLANTA – For the second straight game, the Phillies played some sloppy defense, and their bullpen was unable to hold back the Atlanta Braves’ offense.

The result was an 8-4 loss Wednesday night in the home of the Braves. It was the Phillies’ seventh defeat in the last 10 games, dropping them back to four games under .500 at 20-24.

They have not been five games under .500 this season.

The Phillies won the first game of the series Monday night. Their two straight losses have coincided with the first-place New York Mets losing two straight.