Gary Landers, AP

Gary Landers, AP

Phillies Fall 6-4 in Series Opener With Reds

Gary Landers, AP

Gary Landers, AP

The Cincinnati Reds were finally able to beat Cole Hamels Monday night as the Reds took down the Phillies 6-4. Hamels was previously unbeaten in 14 career starts against the Reds.

The Phillies struck first off of Reds starter Mike Leake with an RBI double off of the bat of Ryan Howard, scoring Ben Revere.

The Reds came right back scoring a run in each of the first three innings, including a strange play in the bottom of the 2nd inning. When Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips walked after checking his swing, Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz threw to first base thinking he went around for strike three. Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton, raced home scoring their second run of the game.

Carlos Ruiz made up for his earlier blunder with an RBI single of his own in the top half of the 4th inning scoring Cody Asche and Freddy Galvis.

With the score now tied 3-3, the Reds led off the bottom of the 6th inning with single off the bat of Zack Cozart. Utility man Ivan De Jesus Jr. then came to the plate in what would be the biggest spot of his career thus far. The career .203 hitter took a 1-1 Hamels pitch over the left field fence given the Reds the 5-3 lead.

That was about all the Reds would need. The Phillies would add 1 in the top of the 9th off of Reds closer Chapman, but in the end fell to the Reds Monday night.

Cole Hamels suffered his 5th loss of the season, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings pitched. Hamels struck out 7 batters

Mike Leake, while not sharp for the Reds, took the win while allowing 3 runs (2 earned) and 10 hits while striking out just 4.

Final Score: Reds 6 – Phillies 4

 

The Phillies and Reds will be back out there Tuesday night as Aaron Harang (4-6, 2.45 ERA) takes the hill against Anthony DeSclafani (4-4, 3.60 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:10 PM.