Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/10/12

The Philadelphia Phillies continue to put on the good face that things will eventually turn around and everything will be all right.

However, the eerie silence in the clubhouse spoke a completely different story Sunday. It told of a team that is finding new and different ways to lose games each day and is already slipping into the abyss in the National League East race.

A 5-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in 10 innings at Camden Yards on Sunday afternoon saw the Phillies drop eight games behind the division-leading Nationals and a whopping 10 games back in the loss column.

"You look at it on a daily basis," right fielder Hunter Pence said. "You just go out there. There's a lot of things that lead to that. There's opportunities to win the games earlier. Just continue to take every at-bat, every pitch with everything you've got. We've still got a long way to go, but every loss hurts. We've got to start winning some series."

Veteran center fielder Shane Victorino said, "I don't want to say we're worried, but I know we're falling back. Remember -- look back at '07 when we were seven back with 18 to go or whatever it was. All this is calculated with the success we've had. That's how I look at it ."

But what is different with this team is the amount of mistakes the Phillies are making in all areas from the basepaths to the field to the bullpen.

"Baseball is always a game of streaks," third baseman Ty Wigginton said. "It's like St. Louis last year getting so hot down the stretch and winning a World Series. And it can go the other way, too. It's our job to go out, prepare, be ready to go and turn this thing around."

A prime example of what has gone wrong came Sunday. The Phillies left 11 runners on base, including the bases loaded in the first and second innings. When they couldn't take advantage of those chances but still grabbed a 4-1 lead, Cliff Lee gave up a three-run homer to Steve Tolleson in the fourth that tied things, ultimately leading to extra innings.

"We had a chance to score some runs early," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We couldn't get a two-out hit in the first four innings. If we would have gotten another hit, we would have scored some runs. We scored four, but it didn't hold up. We just didn't get it done."

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