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Published on May 27, 2024
Ranger Suárez Suffers First Season Loss as Rockies Best Phillies 5-2, Snapping Winning StreakSource: Ian D'Andrea on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

In a less-than-stellar performance that had Philadelphia Phillies fans wincing, Ranger Suárez took his first hit of the season with a loss to the Colorado Rockies, a team that's been dwelling in the cellar of the NL West. The Rockies rose to the occasion on Sunday and handed the Phillies a 5-2 defeat. This outcome snapped the Phillies' impressive streak of 15 consecutive winning or tied series. With this stumble, Philadelphia's record now sits at a still enviable 38-16, reminiscent of their longest streak way back when in 1983-84, as reported by CBS News Philadelphia.

On the bump, Suárez, whose arm had been golden until Sunday, walked four and allowed five runs over six innings of work, kicking his ERA from a somewhat divine 1.36 to a more mortal 1.75. Despite retiring his last 13 batters, Suárez admitted, "The first two innings, I didn’t have command of my changeup or my curveball," according to FOX 29. "My fastball wasn’t going for strikes, either. I think that was the game right there." The Phillies' lefty ended the day with his first loss of the season, holding a 9-1 record.

Taking the mound for the Rockies, Cal Quantrill contributed a solid six innings himself, letting only two runs slip by. The Phillies' offensive was not entirely silent, with Alec Bohm sending an RBI single into play during the fourth and Johan Rojas chipping in with a run-scoring single in the fifth. Catcher J.T. Realmuto, not missing a beat, hit safely for the 15th straight game, tying him with Tim McCarver's streak from 1977.

In other team news, the Rockies made moves to their roster, placing outfielder Jordan Beck on the 10-day IL after breaking his left hand during a heroic diving catch Saturday night, while the Phillies are eyeing their next match with Taijuan Walker ready to face off against San Francisco, as per FOX 29. The Rockies are expecting to see Austin Gomber return to the hill, with a 1-2 record and a respectable 2.76 ERA, hoping to throw down against Cleveland and their pitcher Xzavion Curry, who's been holding his own with a 1.93 ERA though lacking a win or loss to his name.