June 9, 2019 / 8:49 PM / 3 months ago

Reds rally to knock off Phillies, avoid sweep

EditorsNote: Update 2: Changes split to sweep in headline

Jun 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola (27) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Eugenio Suarez’s single capped a three-run seventh inning and the visiting Cincinnati Reds rallied past the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak.

The Reds trailed 3-1 when Curt Casali hit an infield single with two outs and pinch hitter Josh VanMeter walked. Jose Alvarez (0-2) replaced Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola and allowed a single to Nick Senzel to load the bases before Joey Votto lined a first-pitch single to center to score Casali and VanMeter.

Suarez followed with a single off Vince Velasquez to score Senzel and give the Reds the lead.

Zach Duke (3-1) pitched one-third of an inning and got the win as four Cincinnati relievers combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Raisel Iglesias got the final four outs for his 13th save.

Nola was charged with three runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked three.

Reds starter Sonny Gray allowed three runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings.

For the third straight game, the Reds took an early 1-0 lead. Derek Dietrich led off the second with a single, went to third on Jose Iglesias’s single and scored on a groundout by Jose Peraza.

The Phillies, who had won four straight, pulled ahead in the third with the help of the sun and the replay rule.

Miakel Franco led off with a single and Cesar Hernandez drew a one-out walk. After Bryce Harper hit into a fielder’s choice, he stole second and Jean Segura walked.

Rhys Hoskins then hit a high infield pop that first baseman Votto lost in the sun. The ball dropped near first base as Franco scored. Second baseman Dietrich picked up the ball and threw home. Harper was initially called out, but the Phillies challenged the call and the replay showed Harper touched home before the tag and the Phillies led 2-1.

In the fifth, Hernandez walked with one out, stole second, went to third on Harper’s single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Segura.

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