Jay Bruce’s 2-run homer leads Phillies over Reds 4-2
Bruce already has four homers in four games with the NL East-leading Phillies after hitting 14 for Seattle before he was acquired in a trade last week.
Joey Votto hit a solo shot for the Reds, who have dropped four of five.
Eflin (6-5) gave up two runs — one earned — and four hits. An injury-depleted bullpen missing seven relievers got eight outs, with Hector Neris finishing for his 13th save in 13 tries.
Reds starter Tyler Mahle (2-6) cruised through the first four innings. But J.T. Realmuto led off the fifth with a single and Bruce followed with an opposite-field shot to left-center to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead.
Scott Kingery then singled and later scored when catcher Tucker Barnhart tried to pick him off third and made a wild throw for an error.
The Phillies got an insurance run in the eighth on a throwing error by shortstop Jose Peraza trying to complete a double play. Cesar Hernandez and Bryce Harper hit consecutive singles before Jean Segura‘s grounder to second base turned into a run.
Votto hit an opposite-field homer to left to give the Reds the lead in the first. Jose Iglesias’ RBI single in the sixth cut it to 3-2.
Mahle allowed three runs — two earned — and four hits in five innings.
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Vince Velasquez, a converted starter, fanned two in a perfect eighth for the Phillies. Velasquez began the season in the rotation but moved to the bullpen after six mostly ineffective starts.
Reds: INF Alex Blandino played in his fourth rehab game at Triple-A Louisville. He’s returning from right knee surgery last July.
Phillies: RHP Seranthony Dominguez was placed on the 10-day injury list with a right ulnar collateral ligament injury. … CF Adam Haseley was scratched from the lineup because of soreness in his left hip flexor.
RHP Tanner Roark (4-4, 3.47 ERA) starts for the Reds and RHP Nick Pivetta (3-1, 6.14) goes for the Phillies on Saturday afternoon.
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