Suarez, Bruce help Reds bounce back
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — This time, Eugenio Suarez’s big blow at the plate helped the Cincinnati Reds to a rare road win.
Suarez hit a three-run homer, Jay Bruce went 3 for 3 and the Reds rebounded from a difficult loss with a 9-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Dan Straily (2-1) pitched five scoreless innings as last-place Cincinnati won for the third time in 16 road games this season. Suarez and Adam Duvall each finished with three hits, and Bruce also scored three times.
“We’re always chasing that good feeling at the end of the day,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re 10 games over .500 or 10 games under, it feels good to win.”
The Reds had lost five of six, including the first two of the weekend set in Philadelphia. The Phillies hung on for a 4-3 victory on Saturday night when Suarez was cut down at the plate by left fielder Tyler Goeddel on the final play of the game. Suarez crashed into Cameron Rupp, but the catcher held on.
Straily scattered six hits and walked three while striking out six. He threw 109 pitches.
“I think today was just bend and don’t break,” Straily said. “I was fighting myself. I developed a nice little blister, (I was) fighting that.
“It was frustrating from a pitching standpoint. But at the end of the day, I was able to get through five. And, like I say every time out, I’m out there trying to throw up as many zeroes as I can. Today it was five.”
Maikel Franco had three hits and three RBIs for Philadelphia, which had won six of seven. Carlos Ruiz and Freddy Galvis had two hits apiece.
Philadelphia left-hander Adam Morgan (1-1) lasted just 3 2/3 innings, matching the shortest outing of his career. He allowed seven runs and eight hits.
“He didn’t have command or control,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “The ball wasn’t coming out of his hand right.”
Straily walked with the bases loaded for his first career RBI and Tyler Holt drove in a run with a fielder’s choice before Suarez connected for his seventh homer, ending Morgan’s day.
The Phillies finished with 12 hits, but left a season-high 16 runners on base.
“It was one of those days,” Mackanin said.
Pinch hitter Zack Cozart got the Reds some breathing room when he hit a two-run single off Elvis Araujo in the ninth, extending the lead to 9-3.
Tony Cingrani entered with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth and retired two in a row for his third save.
“Sometimes it never feels like you have enough,” Price said. “We were one more hitter away from having to face Franco with the bases loaded in a four-run game. That’s something that we really wanted to avoid.”
WALK THIS WAY
With his fourth-inning walk, Philadelphia center fielder Odubel Herrera matched his total from last year in just his 162nd plate appearance of the season. He added another walk in the eighth inning. Herrera, a Rule 5 pick in 2014, had 28 walks in 495 plate appearances during his rookie campaign last season.
The Phillies had won six in a row at home. They were trying for their first seven-game home win streak since 2009.
Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton, who was placed on the bereavement list Friday to attend the funeral of his young nephew in Mississippi, is expected to return to the team Monday in Cleveland.
Rupp (left leg) will be evaluated Monday morning before the Phillies decide if a roster move needs to be made.
Reds: LHP John Lamb (0-0, 1.80 ERA) starts in Cleveland on Monday against Indians RHP Cody Anderson (0-2, 7.56 ERA).
Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (1-5, 4.43 ERA) opposes Miami LHP Adam Conley (2-2, 3.72 ERA) on Monday night.