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MINNEAPOLIS — Aaron Nola’s mystifying struggles continued Tuesday night in the Phillies’ 14-10 interleague loss to the Minnesota Twins.
 
The Phillies’ losing streak stands at eight games. They have lost 25 of their last 31 games to fall to 30-42.
 
The Twins have the majors’ worst record at 22-48.
 
The Phillies had 14 hits, a season high. Their 10 runs tied a season high. However, they were sloppy in the field and on the bases at times and reliever David Hernandez could not keep the game close in the eighth.
 
Starting pitching report
For the third straight start, Nola was bounced early. He was tagged for seven hits and eight runs (seven earned) in three innings of work. He walked four and struck out two. Two starts prior, Nola lasted just 3 2/3 innings at Washington and he did not get an out in the fourth in his previous start against Toronto. He has given up 22 hits, seven walks and 17 earned runs in just 9 2/3 innings over his last three starts.
 
Nola has had trouble in the first inning all season and this was no exception. He allowed three hits, a walk and four runs in the first inning. For the season, he has given up 14 earned runs in the first inning for an ERA of 8.40.
 
Nola is now 5-7 with a 4.11 ERA in 15 starts.
 
Minnesota starter Tyler Duffey was not good. He gave up six runs in three innings. He was tagged for three homers.
 
Bullpen report
Brett Oberholtzer gave up three runs in 2 1/3 innings.
 
The Phillies made it close with four runs in the top of the eighth. Hernandez made it unclose by allowing three runs in the bottom of the inning.
 
Minnesota reliever Michael Tonkin gave up four runs in the eighth inning as the Phillies cut the Twins’ lead to a run.
 
At the plate
Tommy Joseph had been 1 for his previous 32 before belting a two-run homer in the third inning. Cameron Rupp followed with a solo home in that inning as the Phillies took a short-lived 6-4 lead. Joseph had two hits in the game, giving him 25 in 31 games, one more than Ryan Howard has in 57 games.
 
Peter Bourjos continued to warm up. He smacked a two-run homer in the second inning and finished with three hits and three RBIs. Bourjos is 11 for 25 in his last 12 games.
 
Maikel Franco had a pair of hits, including a three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning. The Phils scored four times in the inning to make it a one-run game.
 
Howard served as the designated hitter. He went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts. He is hitting .140 and his on-base percentage is .198.
 
Trevor Plouffe highlighted the Twins’ four-run first inning with a two-run run triple off Nola. Kurt Suzuki doubled home two in the third and added a two-run homer in the fifth. He had four of the Twins’ 14 hits and drove in six runs.
 
In the field
Freddy Galvis made two poor fielding plays behind Nola in the Twins’ four-run third inning. Only one was scored an error. Both plays led to runs. Odubel Herrera also failed to make a catch on a tough play in center field and that cost the Phillies a run.
 
Rehab road
Vince Velasquez, on the disabled list with a biceps strain, is expected to throw 70-75 pitches in a minor-league rehab start at Double A Reading on Wednesday night.
 
Up next
The series continues Wednesday night with Adam Morgan (1-6, 6.49) opposing Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson (0-5, 6.06).