Instant Replay: Reds 7, Phillies 4

Instant Replay: Reds 7, Phillies 4


CINCINNATI -- One Phillies debut went pretty well Thursday afternoon.

Another did not.

Daniel Nava clubbed a pair of homers to help build an early three-run lead, but Clay Buchholz could not protect that lead and the Phillies ended up with a 7-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in the season-opening series finale Thursday afternoon.

Nava and Buchholz, former teammates with the Boston Red Sox, were both in their first game for the Phillies.

Buchholz left the game after five innings with the score tied, 4-4.

The Reds pulled away with a pair of home runs against reliever Adam Morgan.

After winning on opening day, the Phillies lost two in a row to the Reds. Jerad Eickhoff delivered a quality start in one of them but got no run support. The Phils could not hold a three-run lead in the other.

Starting pitching report
Buchholz pitched five innings and allowed nine base runners -- seven hits and two walks. He gave up four runs. Three of those runs came in the fourth inning when the Reds' first four batters reached base on three singles and a walk.

Cincinnati right-hander Rookie Davis gave up five hits, including both of Nava's homers, and four runs over three innings in his major-league debut, but his mates got him off the hook.

Bullpen report
Morgan took the loss. He gave up a tie-breaking, solo homer to Michael Lorenzen with two outs in the sixth and a two-run homer to Adam Duvall in the seventh.

Cincinnati's bullpen worked six scoreless innings.

At the plate
Nava hit the second pitch he saw in the first inning for a solo homer. He then clubbed a two-run shot in the third to put the Phillies up 3-1. They build the lead to 4-1 in that inning after Odubel Herrera doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

The Phils did not score a run after the third inning. They got the first two men on base in the fifth and sixth innings, all via walks, and did nothing with the threats. Both ultimately ended on double-play balls. One was short-circuited by a base-running mistake by Andrew Knapp, who made his first big-league start.

Phillies hitters struck out 12 times. They struck out 13 times on Wednesday.

Lorenzen had a huge hand in the Reds' two wins in the series. The relief pitcher got three big outs with men on base in the eighth inning of the Reds' 2-0 win on Wednesday night. In this game, he was used as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning. He smoked a 3-1 pitch over the center-field wall against Morgan to give the Reds the lead. Lorenzen has a history as a hitter. He was an outfielder/pitcher at Cal State Fullerton.

Zack Cozart drove in the Reds' first two runs.

Lineup stuff
Knapp (catcher) and Brock Stassi (first base) made their first big-league starts.

Up next
The Phillies play their home opener Friday afternoon against the Washington Nationals. Vince Velasquez will oppose Max Scherzer in a battle of hard-throwing right-handers.

Scherzer won the NL Cy Young award last season. He is 7-1 with a 2.14 ERA in 11 career starts against the Phillies and 4-0 with a 1.95 ERA in five starts at Citizens Bank Park.

Best of MLB: Ivan Nova tosses 3-hitter as Pirates shut out Marlins

Best of MLB: Ivan Nova tosses 3-hitter as Pirates shut out Marlins

MIAMI -- Ivan Nova pitched a three-hitter and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 4-0 on Saturday night.

John Jaso homered and drove in two runs, Jordy Mercer knocked in a run, and Gregory Polanco had two doubles for the Pirates, who have won three straight.

Nova (3-2) struck out seven and did not walk a batter in the 95-pitch masterpiece. He retired 11 in a row at one point.

Nova continued his impressive start to the season, which includes walking just one batter over 27 innings as he lowered his ERA to 1.50 while tossing his second complete game and the eighth of his career.

Dan Strailey (1-2) nearly matched Nova through five innings allowing only one run before running into trouble in the sixth when he allowed a base hit followed by three consecutive walks including Francisco Cervelli with the bases loaded ending his outing (see full recap).

Conforto's 2 home runs power Mets past Nationals
WASHINGTON -- Michael Conforto hit two home runs and slumping Jose Reyes also connected, leading the New York Mets over the Washington Nationals 5-3 Saturday.

The banged-up Mets had lost six in a row when they began this series at Nationals Park against the team with the best record in the majors. Behind their power and bullpen, the Mets beat Washington for the second straight day.

Conforto's two-run homer in the fifth gave the Mets a 3-1 lead and his sixth home run of the season made it 4-2 in the eighth. It was Conforto's second multihomer game in the majors -- as a rookie, he did it in Game 4 of the 2015 World Series against Kansas City.

Hansel Robles (4-0) came in to start the sixth and retired five of the six batters he faced, striking out four. Jerry Blevins then took over and fanned Bryce Harper.

Jeurys Familia, pulled Friday night in the ninth inning while Washington tried to rally, retired three straight hitters to earn his first save of the season.

Stephen Strasburg (2-1) gave up three runs in seven innings (see full recap).

Gardner busts out, Yanks hit 4 more HRs to rout Orioles
NEW YORK -- Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge and the thundering New York Yankees picked up right where they left off the previous night, steamrolling past the Baltimore Orioles 12-4 on Saturday for their fourth straight victory.

Gardner homered twice from the leadoff spot and had his first four RBIs of the season. Austin Romine, the No. 9 batter, also went deep and knocked in five runs. Judge, not to be outdone, clocked his latest colossal homer and scored four times as New York won its 14th in 17 games to boost the American League's best record to 15-7.

Michael Pineda (3-1) did not allow an earned run in 5 1/3 innings, striking out eight, and the Yankees knocked Baltimore out of first place in the AL East for the first time this season.

Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1) was tagged for a season-high seven runs -- six earned -- and five hits with three walks.

In a series-opening slugfest Friday night, the Yankees hit five homers and rallied from eight runs down for a 14-11 victory capped by Matt Holliday's three-run shot in the 10th inning (see full recap).

Instant Replay: Dodgers 6, Phillies 5

Instant Replay: Dodgers 6, Phillies 5


LOS ANGELES — The Phillies suffered a gut-wrenching 6-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.

The Phillies took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning but the Dodgers tied the game on three straight, no-out solo homers against Hector Neris.

The Dodgers got two more hits in the inning before Adrian Gonzalez won it with a two-out RBI infield hit against Joely Rodriguez.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin stacked his lineup with lefty hitters and it paid off as Brock Stassi, Daniel Nava and Andrew Knapp accounted for five RBIs. But they all went by the wayside in one quick, disastrous inning.

The Phils have lost two in a row.

And this one was bad.

Starting pitching report
Zach Eflin held the Dodgers to four hits and two runs over seven walk-free innings. Both of the runs came on solo homers, one in the first inning and one in the seventh. Otherwise, Eflin retired 11 hitters by groundout and four by strikeout.

Eflin has given up just four earned runs in 19 innings over three starts this season. He has walked just three.

Brandon McCarthy gave up a season-high four runs on eight hits and a walk.

Bullpen report
Joaquin Benoit struck out Yasmani Grandal, the potential tying run, with two men on base to end the eighth inning.

Neris blew the save and took the loss.

At the plate
Stassi's second homer of the season, a three-run shot to left-center off McCarthy in the fourth, gave the Phils a 3-1 lead. He started at first in place of slumping Tommy Joseph.

Knapp started at catcher in place of Cameron Rupp. He responded with a single, double and home run. The homer was his first in the majors.

Andrew Toles led off the bottom of the first with a solo homer for the Dodgers. Rookie Cody Bellinger added a homer in the seventh.

Yasiel Puig, Bellinger and Justin Turner hit consecutive solo homers with no outs in the ninth to tie the game.

In the field
Odubel Herrera made a long run and a terrific lunging catch to take away extra bases from Puig in the fourth.

Chase Utley made an error at second base for the Dodgers.

Health check
Aaron Nola's back is still an issue. Howie Kendrick remains on the DL with an oblique injury, but he could be an option at first base when he returns if Joseph's bat continues to slumber (see story).

Up next
The three-game series concludes on Sunday afternoon. Nick Pivetta will make his major-league debut for the Phillies. He will face Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-4, 4.64).

The Phillies acquired Pivetta in the trade that sent Jonathan Papelbon to Washington in July 2015. He was 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA, 24 strikeouts and just two walks in three starts at Triple A before being called up.

Reliever Luis Garcia was optioned to Triple A Lehigh Valley after Saturday night's game to make room for Pivetta.