Instant Replay: Reds 6, Phillies 5

Instant Replay: Reds 6, Phillies 5

June 7, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Devin Mesoraco holds up the ball after tagging out Marlon Byrd at home plate in the Phillies' 6-5 loss. (AP)


CINCINNATI -- The euphoria of the first win of the road trip lasted less than 24 hours. The Phillies dropped a 6-5 decision to the Reds on Saturday at Great American Ball Park.

The Reds scored a run off Roberto Hernandez in the first inning without a hit. Billy Hamilton walked, stole second, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jay Bruce.

The Phillies outhit the Reds 11 to six and hit three home runs, but had two runners thrown out at home, ending the sixth and seventh innings.

Marlon Byrd, Carlos Ruiz and Jimmy Rollins homered for the Phillies.

Bruce and Todd Frazier homered for Cincinnati.

Rollins' eighth home run of the year, a two-run shot off J.J. Hoover, was his second of the series and provided the final margin.

Aroldis Chapman struck out Rollins for his eighth save of the season and sixth straight.

Starting pitching
Hernandez made his fourth career start against the Reds with his previous three coming as a Cleveland Indian. Hernandez had a 23-21 career record in day games and a 38-64 record in night games.

Hernandez allowed four runs in four innings on four hits, three walks and a hit batter.

Alfredo Simon made his 12th start of the season and second against the Phillies. Simon worked exclusively out of the bullpen in the first two years in a Reds uniform. He made 16 starts for Baltimore in 2011.

Simon pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Phillies on May 16, earning a 3-0 win.

Simon was removed for a pinch-hitter after six innings. He allowed three runs on seven hits, including home runs by Byrd and Ruiz.

At the plate
Byrd clubbed a two-run home run off Simon in the second inning. It was his ninth of the season and his sixth at Great American Ball Park in 119 at-bats. Byrd was 1 for 12 on the road trip prior to the blast.

Bruce drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly and his fourth home run of the season. Bruce hit the sacrifice fly and walked against Hernandez. He remains a perfect 3 for 3 lifetime against Hernandez. Bruce's two-run home run off Ethan Martin was his first since April 20 and his 100th at Great American Ball Park.

In the field
The Reds stole three bases on the battery of Hernandez and Ruiz. Hamilton stole his 23rd of the season. More telling were stolen bases by Bruce, his seventh, and Frazier, his fifth.

Byrd was thrown out at home on a double by Domonic Brown for the final out of the Phillies' sixth. Hamilton and Brandon Phillips conspired on a perfect relay to Devin Mesoraco, who applied the tag. The crew chief Tom Hallion (second base) called for a review of the play to see if it was in violation of rule 7.13 which governs the catcher's blocking the plate. The call was upheld after a review lasting 2:21.

Ruiz was thrown out at home by Hamilton and Phillips to end the seventh inning on a double by Chase Utely.

You're out of here
Ryne Sandberg was ejected by Hallion for disputing the upheld review of Byrd's play at the plate. It was his first ejection as a manager.

Roster moves
The Phillies announced after the game that Mike Adams has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation. Triple A flamethrower Ken Giles will be called up Sunday and be available for the team's series finale versus Cincinnati (see story).

Up next
The Phillies send David Buchanan (1-2 6.11) against Homer Bailey (6-3 4.99) in the series finale on Sunday. It will be the last in a stretch of 20 games in 20 days for the Phillies. After a day off on Monday, the Phillies will play 21 games in 20 days.

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