Instant Replay: Phillies 8, Reds 3

Instant Replay: Phillies 8, Reds 3
May 18, 2014, 4:45 pm
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Four different Phillies homered in their 8-3 win over the Reds Sunday. (AP)


Apparently, the Phillies did save some runs for Cliff Lee after Saturday's 12-1 drubbing of the Reds.

The Phillies hit four homers -- none bigger than Cody Asche's two-out, three-run bomb in the seventh -- to help Lee win at home for the first time this year in Sunday's 8-3 victory over Cincinnati.

Jimmy Rollins, Wil Nieves and Marlon Byrd all had solo homers for the Phillies (19-22), who took the rubber match from the Reds (19-23).

Starting pitching report
Lee weaved his way in and out of the Reds' lineup allowing just two runs despite giving up nine hits and a walk. Over 6 2/3 innings, he struck out three and threw 116 pitches.

Both Cincinnati runs came in the first inning. Only once (third inning) did Lee retire the side in order.

Tony Cingrani (2-3), pitching for the first time since April 30 after being sidelined with left shoulder tendinitis, allowed four runs -- three on solo homers -- and seven hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked three.

Bullpen report
Mike Adams entered with runners on the corners and two outs in the seventh and promptly retired Todd Frazier on a fly ball to center. Overall, he allowed one unearned run on one hit in 1 1/3 innings.

Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless ninth.

Manny Parra surrendered four runs on two hits and two walks in the Phils' four-run seventh.

At the plate
Asche's fourth homer, straight down the right-field line, gave him three RBIs for the second straight game.

Rollins and Wil Nieves hit back-to-back homers to begin the game. Rollins' leadoff homer was his first this year and the 46th of his career.

It marked the fifth time in franchise history the Phillies began a game with consecutive homers and the first time since Sept. 9, 2004 in Atlanta, when Rollins and Placido Polanco completed the feat.

Utley had a groundout RBI in the fifth to score Lee, who singled, and put the Phillies ahead. Utley's hitting streak ended at eight games.

Byrd hit a solo homer, his fifth, in the sixth inning to make it 4-2. He added an RBI single in the seventh.

On the bases
Billy Hamilton, the fastest man in the majors, easily stole third base in the first inning, but trailing runner Chris Heisey did not follow in a double steal.

It didn't make much difference though. Heisey got caught in a rundown later in the same at-bat, and Hamilton's speed was such a threat at third that Ryan Howard had to throw home, allowing Heisey to take second for his first steal of the year.

Hose report
Hamilton threw a perfect one-hopper to nail Rollins at third base from center field for the second out of the third inning.

Up next
The Phillies head to Florida for a three-game series with the Marlins beginning Tuesday, after which they'll return for a season-long 11-game homestand (3 vs. LAD, 3 vs. COL, 5 vs. NYM).

A.J. Burnett (2-3, 3.13) opposes Miami's Anthony DeSclafani (1-0, 3.00), who will make his second big-league start.

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