MLB: J.T. Realmuto, Phils take third straight off Reds

J.T. Realmuto hit a solo home run, double and single, Rhys Hoskins added two hits and three RBIs and the host Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-5 on Wednesday.

Jean Segura had three hits and two runs, and Matt Vierling contributed two hits, two runs and an RBI. Nick Castellanos also had two hits and extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

The Phillies, who compiled 15 hits, have won the first three games in this four-game series.

Phillies starter Cristopher Sanchez (2-1) tossed six solid innings and gave up six hits and three runs. He struck out seven and walked none.

David Robertson pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save in 24 chances. With runners at first and third and one out, he induced a double-play grounder to end the game.

Stuart Fairchild and Kyle Farmer each hit solo home runs for the slumping Reds, who have dropped three straight.

Donovan Solano had two hits and Jonathan India added an RBI double.

Reds starter T.J. Zeuch (0-3) lasted only 2 2/3 innings and allowed seven hits and six runs with four walks and no strikeouts. Through three starts, none longer than four innings, his ERA is 15.19.

The Reds went ahead 1-0 in the second inning on Fairchild’s home run to center field.

In the bottom of the second, the Phillies jumped ahead 2-1 thanks to an RBI single from Vierling and an RBI groundout from Hoskins.

Philadelphia added to the lead in the third. Realmuto ripped his homer to left, and Kyle Schwarber later drew a bases-loaded walk off Zeuch. Art Warren then came in to relieve Zeuch and walked Hoskins with the bases loaded for a 5-1 advantage. Alec Bohm’s RBI single extended the lead to five.

The Reds cut the deficit to 6-2 in the fourth with Farmer’s homer.

When India hit an RBI double in the fifth, the Reds trailed by three runs.

In the seventh, TJ Friedl added a sacrifice fly to right and the Reds closed to within 6-4.

In the bottom of the inning, Hoskins hit a sharp RBI single off Farmer’s glove at third for a 7-4 lead.

Alejo Lopez smashed an RBI double in the eighth to cut the deficit to 7-5.

–Field Level Media

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