Phillies score nine in first on way to 14-3 drubbing of Reds

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CINCINNATI – The Philadelphia Phillies bounced back from one of their worst losses of the season to quickly take control on the way to a 14-3 drubbing of the Cincinnati Reds and earn a split of their four-game series on Sunday.

Bryson Stott hit a lead-off home run, Brandon Marsh had four hits, Trea Turner and Alec Bohm each had three hits for the Phillies. Jake Cave tied his career high with four runs batted in as the hot-and-cold Phillies reached double figures in runs for the second time in less than a week. They beat Miami 15-3 on Monday.

“Any time you score nine runs in the first inning, that’s a good sign,” Stott said.

The defending National League champions piled up a season-high 23 hits and have won two of their last three games after dropping four of five.

Aaron Nola (1-2) gave up five hits and three runs, two earned, with three walks and four strikeouts in six innings. He had started a game with such a large lead.

“I’ve had a couple of big ones, but not that big,” the right-hander said.

“I thought he was good,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said of Nola. “I think those long innings affect him a little bit, but in the last two innings, he was really good.”

Nola allowed one hit, but with the help of a double play, faced the minimum six batters over his final two innings.

After being crushed 13-0 on Saturday, the Phillies posted nine runs against Luis Cessa in the first inning – their biggest inning since scoring 10 in the first inning of a 14-3 win over the Mets on the same date in 2019. They had a season-high eight hits in the inning.

Every Phillies’ starter had at least one hit after three innings, led by Turner’s three singles. Turner, who signed an 11-year contract with Philadelphia in December, scored three runs in three innings.

“We have a good lineup,” Stott said. “It was only a matter of time before we had one of those games.”

Philadelphia needed only two pitches to avoid a second straight shutout. Stott hit Luis Cessa’s second pitch of the game 378 feet into the right field seats. Cave drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double and five other Phillies each had an RBI during the outburst.

“Obviously the first guy hits a home run into the first row,” Reds catcher Luke Maile said. “The pitch was up, but it was just one thing after another. Anything that could go wrong did. I was really proud of the way he handled it.”

Cessa (0-2) allowed a career-high 14 hits and 11 runs with three walks and no strikeouts in a season-low three innings.

“Cess looked like his stuff was down – definitely not his best stuff,” manager David Bell said. “To his credit he hung in there and gave us a few more innings which may not sound like a big deal, but in the big picture it really is. We have a long stretch of consecutive games here. It’s not easy, but he did it for us to help save our bullpen for the next few days.”

Thirteen Phillies batted in the first inning as the Reds gave up the most runs in one inning this season. The Reds had allowed more than nine runs in a game just once in 2023.

‘PUDDIN HEAD’ Stott’s home run extended his season-opening hit streak to 16 games, tying Willie “Puddin’ Head” Jones for the longest season-opening streak in franchise history since 1900.


The start of the game was delayed 44 minutes by rain.


Cincinnati’s Jason Vosler moved from first base in the ninth inning to make his first career pitching appearance. Curt Casali moved from first base to make his first career appearance at third base after Spencer Steer left the game with an undisclosed injury


Phillies: INF Edmundo Sosa did not start after leaving Saturday’s game with a tight back.

Reds: INF Joey Votto (left shoulder and biceps surgery) is continuing his rehab in Cincinnati after being recalled Saturday from a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville.


Phillies: RHP Zack Wheeler (0-1) is the scheduled starter for the opener of a three-game series against the White Sox in Chicago on Monday.

Reds: RHP Hunter Greene (0-0) is the scheduled starter for the opener of a three-game series against Tampa Bay in Cincinnati.

Nationals blow 6-run lead, rebound to beat Phillies 8-7

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WASHINGTON (AP) Lane Thomas singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals sent the Philadelphia Phillies to their fifth straight loss, winning 8-7 after blowing a six-run lead.

The defending NL champion Phillies have just five victories in their last 18 games and are tied with the Nationals at the bottom of the NL East at 25-32.

“We’ve got to overcome it,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “We’ve got to play better, get consistent in all phases and keep moving forward.”

Alex Call drew a two-out walk against Connor Brogdon (2-1) in the eighth, stole second on a low pitch that catcher JT Realmuto couldn’t make a throw on and scored on Thomas’ single to right center.

“The way Lane’s swinging the bat, if you can get on second base, we can win the game,” Call said. “I look over and the ball’s in the dirt, he doesn’t catch it. Now I’m saying: ‘All right, Lane. Come on!’”

Kyle Finnegan (3-2) pitched 1 2/3 innings for the victory, stranding the tying run on second in the ninth.

Nick Castellanos homered twice, singled, doubled and drove in five runs for Philadelphia, which had scored just three runs in its past three games.

“There’s definitely a lot of positives as a group,” Castellanos said. “Showing some fight. It would have been really, really easy to lay down and allow the way the game started to be the way that it finished.”

Down 7-1 after four innings, Philadelphia tied it at 7 in the eighth. Brandon Marsh worked a nine-pitch walk against Mason Thompson leading off, and Drew Ellis singled with one out. Finnegan came on to face Kyle Schwarber, who hit a ground ball up the middle. Shortstop CJ Abrams fielded it behind it behind second base, touched second for one out, but threw wildly to first and Marsh came home with the tying run.

Castellanos’s second homer, a two-run shot to center in the sixth, pulled the Phillies to 7-3 and Marsh added an RBI single in the inning.

In the seventh, Schwarber doubled with one out and Bryson Scott reached on an infield single. Hunter Harvey came on and walked Bryce Harper to load the bases. Castellanos singled to center scoring two runs to make it 7-6.

Luis Garcia homered and Jeimer Candelario doubled twice and drove in three runs for the Nationals, who have won seven of 12.

Philadelphia starter Zack Wheeler, coming off eight shutout innings against Atlanta, allowed seven runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.

“This one’s on me really,” Wheeler said. “Guys battled back. Just couldn’t finish it out. We know who we have in this room and what we’ve got to do.”

Josiah Gray gave up four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings for Washington.

Candelario doubled just beyond the reach of left fielder Schwarber to drive in the first of Washington’s two runs in the first.

In the second, Abrams hit a one-out drive to deep center that Marsh misplayed into a double. With two outs and two on, Candelario doubled off the wall in right center to make it 5-0.

Garcia ended Wheeler’s night with a solo homer in the fourth.

“When you come out the way we did, you’ve got to tack on,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “It didn’t happen tonight, but we got one more than the other guys.”


Candelario is 9 for 26 (.346) with four doubles, a home run, nine RBIs, five walks, and seven runs scored in his last seven games.


Phillies: Thomson said RHP Taijuan Walker played catch Friday and there are “no worries about his next start.” In a four-inning outing against the Mets on Thursday, Walker’s sinker velocity averaged 90.6 mph, down from 92.7 mph for the season. His fastball, splitter and curveball velocity also dropped.

Nationals: OF Victor Robles (back spasms) took batting practice on the field for the first time since going on the injured list. … LHP Sean Doolittle (elbow) gave up a run on two hits and struck out two batters in 2/3 of an inning working his second straight night for Class A Fredericksburg.


Phillies: LHP Matt Strahm (4-3, 3.20) will start a bullpen game on Saturday.

Nationals: LHP MacKenzie Gore (3-3, 3.57) went seven innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters in his previous outing – a no decision against the Royals.

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