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Phils determined to shake off offense woes

Phils determined to shake off offense woes

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PHILADELPHIA -- It has been a forgettable week for the typically potent Phillies offense.

The Phillies had 19 consecutive scoreless innings this weekend in a pair of losses to the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. Daisuke Matsuzaka had a no-hitter with two outs in the eighth inning in Saturday's 5-0 victory over the Phillies. Tim Wakefield threw eight scoreless innings before the Phillies scored three runs against Ramon Ramirez in the ninth Sunday in an 8-3 Boston victory.

Philadelphia scored just one run each in losses Tuesday and Wednesday to the Pirates and Cubs, respectively.

The Phils have hit .193 and averaged just 2.5 runs per game in their past six games.

"I really don't worry about this team offensively much," Phillies left fielder Raul Ibanez said Sunday. "Because at any moment, everything will click and we'll explode and it'll be the same team that you guys have seen for the last few years. Obviously you'd like to be scoring runs and winning some games, but over the last few days we haven't done that. But we're really good about putting the bad days behind us and looking ahead."

Phildelphia entered Sunday second in the National League, averaging 5.33 runs per game. The club ranked fourth in Major League Baseball behind the New York Yankees (5.63), Arizona Diamondbacks (5.36) and Tampa Bay Rays (5.35).

"Over the course of the season, you're lucky and you're unlucky," Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth said. "That just makes us a little unlucky right now. It's nothing to get too upset about or anything. It's not like the end of the world. It's not like we're not hitting because we're a bad club. ... No big deal. The season continues on and so do the fightin' Phils."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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