Instant Replay: Phillies 8, Reds 0

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Instant Replay: Phillies 8, Reds 0

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CINCINNATI -- The Phillies won their first game in June, an 8-0 victory over the Reds to snap their six-game losing streak. It was their third straight triumph over Cincinnati this season.

Cole Hamels continued his mastery of the Reds with 7 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Phillies took advantage of Johnny Cueto's wildness in the fourth inning.

Cueto hit Chase Utley with a pitch but picked him off first for the second out. Ryan Howard walked before Cueto hit Marlon Byrd with a pitch. Domonic Brown made Cueto pay with a two-run double. John Mayberry Jr. singled to score Brown.

Jimmy Rollins' seventh home run of the season gave the Phillies a four-run lead in the fifth.

Starting pitching report
Hamels started the game with a perfect 9-0 career record against Cincinnati, including the Division Series shutout that propelled the Phils to the 2010 NLCS. Hamels made his major-league debut at Great American Ball Park with five scoreless innings on May 12, 2006.

Hamels tossed 125 pitches in the win. He allowed five hits and two walks, while striking out seven.

Cueto came into the game leading the National League with a 1.68 ERA and three complete games. Historically, Cueto has struggled against the Phillies. He is now 1-4 in eight career starts against the Phils. On July 6, 2009, Cueto made his shortest career start of 2/3 innings with a career-high nine runs allowed in the Phillies' 22-1 win.

Cueto pitched five innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits, a walk and two hit batsmen. His ERA expanded to 1.97.

At the plate
Utley had three singles, was hit by a pitch, and had a sacrifice fly in five plate appearances.

Zack Cozart had two singles in four at-bats, raising his lifetime average to .444 against Hamels.

In the field
Third baseman Reid Brignac saved a run in the fifth inning. Playing in on the speedy Billy Hamilton, Brignac speared a high chop from Hamilton and threw him out with a runner on second to prevent a probable double.

Carlos Ruiz threw out Ryan Ludwick with Hamels covering when Ludwick tried to score on a pitch that got away from Ruiz.

The Reds placed third baseman Ramon Santiago behind second base when Howard batted.

Bullpen
Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth inning with an 8-0 lead and a non-save situation. He has now been held at 299 career saves for 14 days.

Local ties
Ben Revere grew up in Richmond, Kentucky, less than 100 miles from Great American Ball Park. His father John played football and baseball at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, where he currently coaches running backs. Ben attended Lexington Catholic, leading it to the state championship as a junior in 2006.

Hamels is tied with Jim Bunning for third on the Phillies' list of double-digit strikeout games with 25.

Bunning is from Southgate, Kentucky, five miles from the ballpark. Bunning retired for elected office in 2010 as a U.S. senator.

Instant Replay: Phillies 5, Mets 1

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The Associated Press

Instant Replay: Phillies 5, Mets 1

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NEW YORK – The Phillies salvaged one win on an otherwise lost weekend in Queens when they beat the New York Mets, 5-1, on Sunday afternoon.
 
A.J. Ellis, acquired from the Dodgers on Thursday in the Carlos Ruiz deal, had the game’s big-hit, a two-run double to break a 1-1 tie in the seventh. It was his first hit with the club.
 
The Phillies lost the first two games of the series by a combined score of 21-5.
 
The win left the Phils at 60-70 for the season. They are three wins shy of last year’s majors-low total of 63.
 
Starting pitching report
Vince Velasquez gave up just one run, but only lasted five innings because he threw 103 pitches. Despite the high pitch count, Velasquez walked just one. He struck out seven. All in all, it was an improvement from his previous three starts when he allowed 19 runs in 17⅓ innings.
 
Mets right-hander Robert Gsellman gave up four runs in six-plus innings in his first big-league start. He allowed just one run through his first six innings but failed to get an out in being charged with three runs in the seventh.
 
Bullpen report
The Phillies' bullpen was excellent.
 
David Hernandez pitched a scoreless sixth inning. Edubray Ramos followed with a scoreless seventh. Hector Neris notched a scoreless eighth and Jeanmar Gomez closed it out.
 
For the Mets, Hansel Robles was brought on to face Ellis with the bases loaded in the seventh and promptly gave up a game-changing double.
 
At the plate
Tommy Joseph, Aaron Altherr and Jimmy Paredes all singled to load the bases for Ellis in the seventh. Parades doubled home the Phillies’ first run in fourth.
 
Health check
Double A Reading outfielder Roman Quinn is back on the disabled list after suffering a concussion Saturday night. Quinn recently returned from a stint on the DL with an oblique injury. His status for the Eastern League playoffs and a possible September call up is unclear.
 
Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left the game in the first inning with a sore left knee. He appeared to injure himself avoiding a tag at first base. Cabrera had three homers in the first two games of the series.
 
ICYMI
Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson will remain with the Phillies for the rest of the season (see story).
 
Up next
The Phillies return home Monday night to open a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. Here are the pitching matchups:
 
Monday night – RHP Jake Thompson (1-3, 9.78) vs. RHP Tanner Roark (13-7, 2.99)
 
Tuesday night – RHP Jerad Eickhoff (9-12, 3.87) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (14-7, 2.92)
 
Wednesday night – LHP Adam Morgan (1-8, 6.50) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (9-9, 4.25)

MLB Notes: Yoenis Cespedes sits vs. Phillies because of quad injury

MLB Notes: Yoenis Cespedes sits vs. Phillies because of quad injury

NEW YORK -- Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes again has soreness in his right quadriceps and was held out of the lineup for Sunday afternoon's game against Philadelphia.

Cespedes originally suffered the injury on July 8 after chasing Daniel Murphy's RBI double to deep center field in the Mets' 3-1 loss to Washington. He went 1 for 2 with a mammoth home run in the Mets' 12-1 rout of Philadelphia on Saturday. He walked and scored in the seventh inning but was pinch-hit for in his second at-bat in the inning, as New York sent 11 men to the plate. He leads the team with a .295 average and is among the National League leaders in home runs (26).

Second baseman Neil Walker is also out of the lineup with a stiff back. Walker returned to the lineup on Friday after being away from the team for three days following the birth of his daughter, Nora, on Aug. 23.

Orioles: Tommy Hunter signed; McFarland, Borbon cut
NEW YORK-- The Baltimore Orioles have signed right-hander Tommy Hunter, bringing him back for a sixth straight season.

The Orioles announced the move before Sunday's game against the New York Yankees. They also recalled righty Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk and designated lefty T.J. McFarland and outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment.

Hunter was 2-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 21 games for Cleveland this season. He was in the minors rehabbing a recent back injury when the Indians cut him on Thursday.

The 30-year-old Hunter played for Baltimore from 2011-15, going 21-20 with a 4.22 ERA. He said he was thrilled to rejoin the Orioles, adding there were "a lot of smiles, a lot of hugs" when he walked into the clubhouse.

Manager Buck Showalter said Hunter brought a lot of experience, having spent so much time in the AL East.

"Felt fortunate to add him at this time of year," Showalter said.

Drake has pitched four games for Baltimore this year, giving up six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

McFarland was 2-2 with a 6.93 ERA in 16 games. Borbon went 4 for 13 in six games.

Source: Jeremy Hellickson ineligible for late trade, here for remainder of ‘16

Source: Jeremy Hellickson ineligible for late trade, here for remainder of ‘16

NEW YORK – Jeremy Hellickson will be with the Phillies for the remainder of the season.
 
According to sources, the veteran right-hander was recently claimed on waivers. The Phillies were unable to work out a deal with the claiming team and Hellickson was pulled back, making him ineligible to be traded the remainder of the season.
 
Hellickson drew interest before the Aug. 1 trade deadline, but the Phillies did not receive an offer that they liked so they hung on to the pitcher. A player traded after Aug. 1 must first go through waivers.
 
Players traded in August must be on their new team’s roster by Sept. 1 — Thursday — to gain playoff eligibility. Players can still be traded in waiver deals after Sept. 1, but they would be ineligible for the playoffs.
 
Even though Hellickson, 29, can be a free agent at season’s end, Phillies officials did not view trading him as an imperative. The Phillies believe they can get good value for Hellickson with a compensatory pick in next June’s draft. But first the Phils must extend Hellickson a qualifying salary offer for 2017. That could be close to $17 million. Hellickson would have to turn the offer down and opt for the free-agent market for the Phils to get that pick.
 
Hellickson is 10-8 with a 3.80 ERA in 26 starts for the Phillies this season. He struggled against the Mets on Saturday night, but had a 2.60 ERA in his previous 11 starts. Chances seem good that he will find a multi-year deal on the free-agent market and reject the Phillies’ one-year qualifying offer, thus giving the team a draft pick between the first and second rounds.