Phillies lose to Reds 5-2, swept again on the road
CINCINNATI (AP) — Every game seems to go the same way for the Philadelphia Phillies, especially when they are on the road. And they have run out of ideas for how to break the pattern.
Ivan De Jesus Jr. homered for the second time in three games, and the Cincinnati Reds swept the Phillies with a 5-2 victory on Wednesday, the third time in the last five series Philadelphia has failed to win even once.
“It seems like the last couple of weeks, we’ve been trying to come from behind, playing catch-up in every game,” manager Ryne Sandberg said.
The Phillies fell to 7-23 away from Citizens Bank Park, their worst road record after 30 games since 1941. They have lost seven straight on the road, their worst such slump in two years.
Overall, Philadelphia has lost 13 of its last 16 games, overtaking Milwaukee for the National League’s worst record at 22-39.
The Phillies have given up the most runs on the road and scored the fewest of any team in the majors. During the three-game series at Great American Ball Park, the Reds piled up the homers while the Phillies failed to hit even one.
“We got out-homered 8-0 in the series,” Sandberg said. “This has been going on for a few weeks now. It was a pretty good day for hitting out there, with all the elements ...”
Cincinnati finished the sweep despite losing shortstop Zack Cozart to a knee injury in the first inning.
Cozart twisted his right ankle and knee as he tried to beat out a grounder. He crumpled to the ground, rolled on his back and grabbed the knee, wincing in pain. He didn’t put any weight on the right leg as he was helped off the field and taken for an MRI.
De Jesus, a 28-year-old utility player, hit his first career homer in the series opener, a tiebreaking two-run shot for a 6-4 win. His three-run homer on Wednesday off Jerome Williams (3-6) made it 4-0 in the first inning.
“Obviously that first inning was a rough one,” said Williams, who lasted six innings. “The homer was on a fastball in, and it wasn’t in enough.
“It did sting a little bit. The last five (innings) were where I wanted to be. Hopefully I can take that into my next start.”
Jon Moscot (1-1) got his first win in his second major league start. The 23-year-old right-hander gave up two runs and six hits in six innings. Aroldis Chapman retired the side in the ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances.
Brayan Pena singled four times and drove in a pair of runs. Joey Votto singled in four at-bats a day after his three-homer game.
Williams fell to 0-4 in six road starts this season with a 7.23 ERA. ... Chase Utley was hitless, extending his slump to 0 for 21.
Phillies: Third baseman Maikel Franco fouled a ball off his right foot during his first at-bat and was in a lot of pain. He walked it off, remained in the game, and singled in his last at-bat, extending his hitting streak to nine games.
Reds: Second baseman Brandon Phillips is day-to-day with a strained groin, injured in a slide into third base on Tuesday night. Center fielder Billy Hamilton was out of the lineup for the second day with a sore left hand.
Phillies: Following a day off, Philadelphia opens a series in Pittsburgh. Kevin Correia, who signed on Monday, makes his Phillies debut.
Reds: Michael Lorenzen (1-1) opens a four-game series at Wrigley Field, looking for his first win since May 5.
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