The Philadelphia Phillies are on the brink of their longest losing streak in nearly 14 years.
Perhaps returning home to face Barry Zito, who has yet to win a road start this season, will help them avoid it.
Philadelphia tries to end an eight-game skid Tuesday night when it faces a struggling Zito and the San Francisco Giants.
The Phillies (49-56) started their trip with a 13-8 win over the New York Mets on July 19, then dropped the next eight games while being outscored 52-14. Three errors and three walks led to them allowing eight unearned runs in the sixth inning of a 12-4 loss at Detroit on Sunday.
Michael Young is 3 for 24 during the losing streak - he hit .342 in the previous 10 games - and 1 for 8 off Zito since the left-hander joined the Giants in 2007.
An 11-game slump from Sept. 4-14, 1999, marked the last time Philadelphia lost more than eight in a row.
"It's hard, man. It's tough," catcher Carlos Ruiz said. "We're not playing good baseball right now. It's embarrassi...