BY: Zane Miller
PHOTO CREDIT: KAREEM ELGAZZAR/Cincinnati Enquirer
The Reds fell in the first game of their four game series against the Philadelphia Phillies 9-4 on Thursday night, as the Reds will look to come back in the remainder of the series after a series win against the Cardinals earlier in the week.
The Phillies got a rally going early as left fielder Rhys Hoskins hit a solo home run and first baseman Carlos Santana got a two run homer in the first inning, but the Reds responded in the bottom of the inning as third baseman Eugenio Suarez hit a two run shot. In the third, however, Phillies right fielder Nick Williams hit a solo homer, which the Reds responded to with a two run shot to tie it up by catcher Tucker Barnhart in the fourth.
The rest of the game would be all Phillies though, as third baseman Maikel Franco, Hoskins and Franco again came up with solo home runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings respectively to make it a 7-4 game. While Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez hit an RBI single in the eighth, they finished off the game with a solo homer as Williams hit his second home run of the game in the ninth, allowing the Phillies to take the 9-4 win.
Phillies starting pitcher Ranger Suarez, making his major league debut, allowed four earned runs on six hits and one walk over five innings to earn his first career win. Reds starter Tyler Mahle struggled, going one inning while allowing three earned runs on six hits and a walk in the no decision, while Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen took the loss.
The teams will play again on Friday night.