Phillies rocked in sixth straight road loss

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Harang reacts after giving up four runs in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Harang reacts after giving up four runs in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Well the good, the bad and the ugly can be used to describe the Phillies 11-2 loss to the Reds on Tuesday, although there wasn’t much good, there was a lot of bad and even more ugly.

Right out of the gate, the Phillies were down 4-0, thanks to the rally in the bottom of the first for the Reds.

The Phillies got one back in the top of the second, thanks to an RBI single by Carlos Ruiz to score Maikel Franco.

Cincinnati added two more in the bottom of the third, including a home run by Joey Votto (his first of three in the game). The Reds added insurance runs in the fifth, seventh and eight.

The Phillies scratched their other run across the plate when Odubel Herrera hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Ruiz.

Votto finished 3-for-4 on the night with four RBI’s, for his third career three-home run game. The only other Cincinnati player to do that was Johnny Bench.

“It’s very cliche to say it, but any time you’re alongside a name like that, it’s an honor, it’s meaningful,” Votto said to MLB.com’s Robert Bondy and Andy Call.

“Boy he had a great game,” added Reds manager Bryan Price of Votto to MLB.com. “He really set the table in the first inning by getting the walk. Brandon [Phillips] and Joey each getting the game going with two walks and sets the stage for Jay Bruce’s hit, an RBI, and [Zack] Cozart with the three-run homer, which gave us a nice early cushion.”

This was the second straight week that the Reds gave Phillies starter Aaron Harang more than he could handle. This time was a season-high seven earned runs on seven hits in six innings, while also giving up four of the Red’s fives home runs, matching his season total of home runs allowed.

“The first-inning walks killed me. That’s what got me. I was too tentative, picking at the corner,” said Harang, who’s ERA jumped 59 points (2.45 to 3.04), but his batting average jumped 76 points (0.91 to .167) thanks to two singles on the night.

On the other side, Reds rookie Anthony DeSclafani was able to hold the Phils to just two runs despite allowing 1o hits in his 6 1/3 innings of work. The rookie improved to 5-4 on the season with a 3.53 ERA.

The Phillies have now lost 14 of 18 to fall 16 games below .500 (22-38).

“We got off to a rough start in this one,” Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg said to MLB.com. “We need to play solid games and put some games together.”

The only bright spot for the Phillies right now is Franco, who continued his torrid June with a double to left leading off the second inning. Franco, batting .469 (15-for-32) with five doubles and four home runs since June 2. He finished 2-for-3 on the night.

The Phillies will try to find relief from Jerome Williams, who will try to pick up his second win since April 26 when he faces off with Jon Moscot, who is making the second start of his career

Wednesday’s series finale at Grate American Ball Park will have a first pitch at 12:35 p.m.

 

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