"A close loss is tough, too," manager Buck Showalter said. "Because we've had some challenges with our starting pitching. … We've had some good outings here, too, lately. This one puts you in that — I don't want to say, 'Here you go again' — but it's just kind of, 'OK, we've got to fight our way through it.' There are some games that we can come back from if we can stay engaged and connected to the game. But when you've had the challenges that we've had, there's a certain mental challenge that's hard to overcome nightly."