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Sofield’s wave kills rally amid 3-13 season-killing slide

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Sean Rodríguez is tagged by César Hernández while trying to steal second base. - GETTY

PHILADELPHIA -- Steven Brault's sixth major-league start fell flat, but Wednesday's ending was just as unsavory for the Pirates, who fell to the Phillies, 6-2, at Citizens Bank Park.

The Pirates' 13th loss in 16 games -- they're now 70-74 and six games out of a playoff spot -- was a trailing effort from the second inning onward. Freddy Galvis' two-run home run off Brault put the Phillies in front to stay, then the home side added two in the third and one in the fourth.

Andrew McCutchen's solo homer, his 21st, started a two-run fourth for the Pirates. He had a two-hit night, as did Sean Rodríguez, but Phillies rookie starter Jake Thompson overcame a shaky first inning to get through six.

Following a two-inning stint by Drew Hutchison, lefty relievers Zach Phillips and Wade LeBlanc made their Pirates debuts, with each pitching scoreless outings. Phillips cleaned up the fourth for Brault, while LeBlanc handled the seventh and the eighth without incident.