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Phillies fall 4-2 to Giants, set franchise record for most losses before break

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Philadelphia Phillies were in quite a rush to get out of San Francisco on Sunday after completing the worst first half in franchise history.

No team in baseball might need a break more than them.

's three-run homer highlighted a four-run fourth inning against , handing the last-place Phillies a 4-2 loss to complete a three-game sweep.

Philadelphia (29-62) set the franchise record for the most losses before the All-Star break, surpassing the previous mark of 61 in 1997.

"One good thing is we have that four-day break. We can go home, relax, take the pressure off," interim manager said. "Pitching and defense are the main things. Our defense is OK, but our pitching needs work."

Billingsley gave up 10 hits in five-plus innings. hit two catchable balls that dropped in the outfield to drive in Philadelphia's runs, including one in the ninth.

But the Phillies never really challenged the reigning World Series champions.

The loss capped a forgettable first half for the Phillies, who have dropped five in a row. resigned as manager June 26, and Mackanin has failed to stop the slide so far.

"It's been difficult. But we still have to go out and play hard, try to learn and hope things get better," said shortstop , who went 0 for 3.

San Francisco (46-43) is suddenly looking like a contender again — though playing the Phillies helps.

(9-5) allowed one run and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out seven and walked none to help send the Giants into the break on a high note.

"We're not where we want to be, obviously, but you just want to hang in there. You're a nice win streak away from being where you want to be," manager said.

The Giants got going by turning three double plays in the first four innings, with starting two of them.

The All-Star catcher, playing first base to get a rest from his regular duties, snagged a bunt by Billingsley in the third and a hard-hit grounder by in the fourth before smoothly throwing to second each time.

Susac, who started in Posey's place at catcher, also threw out trying to steal second in the first inning. But his biggest contribution came at the plate — not behind it.

After 's RBI single, Susac hit a three-run drive onto the netting that covers the kale garden over the wall in center. It was Susac's third home run this season.

gave up a run in the ninth before getting his 23rd save in 27 chances.

SERIES SWEEPS

It's the seventh time the Phillies have been swept in a series of at least three games this season. The Giants hadn't swept Philadelphia in San Francisco since September of 2000.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: 2B fielded ground balls and resumed running as he continues to progress from a right ankle injury that landed him on the disabled list June 24. He hopes to begin hitting again Friday.

Giants: LHP Jeremy Affledt (strained left shoulder) could make a rehab start before returning this month.

UP NEXT

Phillies: Philadelphia starts a six-game homestand against the Marlins on Friday. The post-break rotation is expected to begin with (1-2, 4.32 ERA), followed by Billingsley and .

Giants: San Francisco starts a six-game road trip Friday at Arizona. Bochy said the post-break rotation depends on how much pitches in the All-Star Game, but (right shoulder) will start one of the first five games. Bochy indicated he'll stick with a five-man rotation but will need to decide which starter is the odd man out now that Bumgarner, Heston, Hudson, , and are all healthy. (bruised right forearm) is still not ready to rejoin the rotation, Bochy said.

PHOTO: Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Cody Asche cannot catch a single hit by San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Cody Asche cannot catch a single hit by San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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