CHICAGO — The Phillies dropped their fifth straight game and moved into a tie for last place in the National League as the Chicago Cubs swept the season series 2-0 at Philadelphia on Thursday.

Philadelphia tied Milwaukee, 83-72, before the Brewers play Miami later Thursday in the first of a four-game series.

Seeking their first playoff appearance since 2011, the Phillies have lost the first three games of a season-ending 10-game sweep and 10 of 13 overall after going a season-best 80-62. In nine of those 13 games, Philadelphia scored three runs or less.

“We’ve got to swing the bats a little bit better than we’ve been doing, especially with runners at bat,” interim manager Rob Thomson said, “but yeah, we’ve got to turn it around here pretty quick. We get a good pitch. We just need to put together some hits and we’ll be fine.”

The Phillies were 22-29 on June 3 when Thomson replaced Joe Girardi as manager.

Philadelphia holds the tiebreaker against Milwaukee, winning the season series 4-2. The Phillies trail major league-worst Washington by four games, then close by three on AL-best Houston. The Brewers finish with a three-game homestand against Arizona.

Bryce Harper has three of six hits for the Phillies, who are 1 in their last 21 with runners in scoring position. JT Realmuta went 0-for-4 with a double in his 1,000th game.

Philadelphia hasn’t lost a season streak of five or more games since Milwaukee went 7-0 in 2015.

“We’re still in it,” said Harper, the reigning NL MVP. “We have seven games left. We have a way to go, but we have to keep playing, keep going forward, not thinking about defeat or thinking about it.

Harper said the team assembled by president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was postseason caliber.

“We have a great team here,” Harper said. “We have a lot of great players. Dombrowski built this team to win games and make the playoffs. You know, we need to do it.”

Rookie Javier Assad (2-2) allowed five hits in five innings as he bounced back from a pair of rough outings in which he allowed eight runs in six innings. Keegan Thompson gave up one hit over three innings for his second major league save and first of the year.

Patrick Wisdom doubled twice and drove in a run and Seiya Suzuki was 2-for-3 as the Cubs completed a three-game sweep in which they limited the Phillies to three runs. Chicago has won eight of nine overall and swept the Mets in New York two weeks ago.

“It’s fun to play well. It’s fun to win,” said Ian Happ, who competed in the second race in Chicago. “But it’s the little things that motivate you when you’re kind of coming off a stretch and getting a chance to compete with good teams that are in the playoffs.”

Ranger Suarez (10-6) gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings. He was 4-0 in 12 starts since the June 29 loss to Atlanta.

Three of Chicago’s first four batters reached. Wisdom’s first double drove in a run that would have been more if Willson Contreras hadn’t been home on Happ’s chopper to Suarez.

Suzuki tripled with two outs in the fifth when center fielder Brandon Marsh lost a deep fly ball in the sun and the ball landed in front of him, inches from his glove. Suzuki scored on Happ’s single.

Happ made a beautiful slide that caught Marsh’s fly ball off the left side wall for the first out of the ninth.

Suzuki returns

Suzuki played his first game since returning from a paternity leave in Japan.

Losing count

After Jean Segura singled in those seconds, Assad singled Jean Segura to end the inning after he walked to first after a groundout to pinch hitter Nick Mayton. The score was 3-1, but the vintage Wrigley scoreboard in center field read ball four. Segura pointed to the scoreboard, but to no avail.

Coach’s room

Phillies: OF Nick Castellanos was the starter on the day off, but pinch hit in the ninth and got an infield single. He returned Tuesday after missing three weeks with a right oblique strain.


Phillies: LHP Bailey Folter (5-4, 4.21) and RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-10, 4.12) will start Friday in a day-night doubleheader. Both were sent to the team hotel in Washington in advance.

Cubs: Adrian Sampson (3-5, 3.23) faces Cincinnati’s Graham Ashcraft (5-4, 4-18) on Friday as Chicago opens its latest home series.

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