Finnegan retires 19 in a row, Reds beat Phillies 2-0

CINCINNATI (AP) Waiting for the rain left Brandon Finnegan feeling out of sorts. After one inning to work out his nerves, he was nearly untouchable.

Finnegan allowed only one single in seven innings and Joey Votto homered for his first hit of the season Wednesday night, sending the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies .

The Reds evened a series that concludes Thursday afternoon.

The start of the game was delayed 50 minutes because of storms, a wait that wore on Finnegan.

''I didn't know what to do,'' he said. ''I walked around and talked to guys. I got a little jittery. As soon as I heard we were playing, I ran to the bullpen.''

Finnegan (1-0) gave up a walk and Maikel Franco's single to center in the first inning, but escaped the threat while throwing a lot of pitches. Nobody else reached base the rest of the way against him.

The left-hander retired the last 19 batters he faced, fanning nine, and threw 88 pitches overall.

''He had 25 pitches in the first inning and haphazard command,'' Reds manager Bryan Price said. ''He survived it and had (68) pitches the rest of the way. He was a completely different kid.''

The Phillies didn't do much at all, hitting only four balls out of the infield all night. They got a pair of infield singles off Michael Lorenzen in the eighth. Raisel Iglesias gave up another infield single before completing the four-hitter for his first save.

Votto led off the seventh with a home run against Jerad Eickhoff (0-1), who allowed only two hits through the first six innings. Votto was 0 for 6 when he connected on a curve that forced him to adjust.

''He's a big, strong guy,'' Eickhoff said. ''When I threw it, I almost fooled him. But he was able to keep his hands back. He double-clutched and got the barrel of the bat on it.''

Adam Duvall followed with a double and scored on Zack Cozart's single for a 2-0 lead, ending Eickhoff's outing.

EXTRA CHANCE

Odubel Herrera had an infield single in the ninth and was initially called out as he tried to steal second base for what would have been the final out of the game. The call was overturned on review, but Tommy Joseph struck out to end it.

OH, CANADA

Votto's 222nd career homer moved him into a tie with Jason Bay for fourth-most by a player born in Canada. Larry Walker leads with 383, followed by Matt Stairs (265) and Justin Morneau (247).

STINGY STARTS

Eickhoff has allowed three runs or fewer in his last nine starts and 32 of his last 38. He walked one on Wednesday, his fifth straight start of walking one batter or none.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: Manager Pete Mackanin mixed up his lineup, though not because of injuries. He wants to keep players sharp. Aaron Altherr was in right field and had a single in three at-bats.

Reds: Cincinnati catcher Devin Mesoraco starts a rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola on Thursday. He's on the DL while rebuilding his strength after hip surgery last season. The Reds plan to activate him when he's able to catch back-to-back games.

REDS MOVES

Cincinnati claimed utilityman Tyler Goeddel off waivers from the Phillies and optioned him to Triple-A Louisville. Goeddel batted .192 in 92 games for the Phillies last season with four homers and 16 RBIs. The Reds also transferred right-hander Anthony DeSclafani to the 60-day disabled list with a sprained pitching elbow.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Clay Buchholz makes his first career start against the Reds. The Phillies got him from the Red Sox in a trade for Josh Tobias last December.

Reds: RHP Rookie Davis makes his major league debut. Davis is one of two rookies in the rotation. Cincinnati got him from the Yankees as part of the trade for closer Aroldis Chapman after the 2015 season.

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  • W: B. Finnegan (1-0)L: J. Eickhoff (0-1)S: R. Iglesias (1)
  • HR: CIN - J. Votto (1)
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M. Franco 3B40100011.250.333.250.5830.5
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A. Altherr RF30100010.333.333.333.6670.5
C. Rupp C30100000.143.143.143.2861.0
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J. Peraza 2B40000012.250.250.250.500-0.5
J. Votto 1B31111000.143.143.571.7146.0
A. Duvall LF31100010.429.429.7141.1432.5
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BATTING
  • 2B - A. Duvall (2), T. Barnhart
  • HR - J. Votto
  • RBI - J. Votto, Z. Cozart
  • 2-Out RBI - Z. Cozart
BASERUNNING
  • SB - O. Herrera
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Hamilton
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Eickhoff (L, 0-1)6.25221612.700.9011.0
J. Rodriguez0.10000000.000.000.0
P. Neshek1.00000200.000.004.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Eickhoff (L, 0-1)6.2
J. Rodriguez0.1
P. Neshek1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Finnegan (W, 1-0)7.01001900.000.2933.5
M. Lorenzen (H, 1)1.02000200.002.002.0
R. Iglesias (S, 1)1.01000200.001.0010.0
PITCHERSIP
B. Finnegan (W, 1-0)7.0
M. Lorenzen (H, 1)1.0
R. Iglesias (S, 1)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Eickhoff 80-49, J. Rodriguez 5-3, P. Neshek 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Eickhoff 7-6, J. Rodriguez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Eickhoff 25, J. Rodriguez, P. Neshek 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Finnegan 88-58, M. Lorenzen 24-16, R. Iglesias 21-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Finnegan 9-3, M. Lorenzen 1-0, R. Iglesias 1-0
  • Batters Faced - B. Finnegan 23, M. Lorenzen 5, R. Iglesias 4
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H. Kendrick LF30000100.375.444.500.9441.0
O. Herrera CF40100011.286.444.429.8732.5
M. Franco 3B40100011.250.333.250.5830.5
T. Joseph 1B40000033.000.000.000.000-1.5
A. Altherr RF30100010.333.333.333.6670.5
C. Rupp C30100000.143.143.143.2861.0
F. Galvis SS30000022.286.286.8571.143-1.0
J. Eickhoff P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
J. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for J. Rodriguez in the 8th
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B. Hamilton CF30000110.143.222.429.6512.5
J. Peraza 2B40000012.250.250.250.500-0.5
J. Votto 1B31111000.143.143.571.7146.0
A. Duvall LF31100010.429.429.7141.1432.5
E. Suarez 3B30000011.000.143.000.143-0.5
S. Schebler RF30000021.167.286.167.452-1.0
Z. Cozart SS30210000.429.429.429.8573.0
T. Barnhart C30100002.333.429.500.9292.0
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  • a-struck out for Lorenzen in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Duvall (2), T. Barnhart
  • HR - J. Votto
  • RBI - J. Votto, Z. Cozart
  • 2-Out RBI - Z. Cozart
BASERUNNING
  • SB - O. Herrera
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Hamilton
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Eickhoff (L, 0-1)6.25221612.700.9011.0
J. Rodriguez0.10000000.000.000.0
P. Neshek1.00000200.000.004.0
Total8.0522181---
PITCHERSIP
J. Eickhoff (L, 0-1)6.2
J. Rodriguez0.1
P. Neshek1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Finnegan (W, 1-0)7.01001900.000.2933.5
M. Lorenzen (H, 1)1.02000200.002.002.0
R. Iglesias (S, 1)1.01000200.001.0010.0
Total9.04001130---
PITCHERSIP
B. Finnegan (W, 1-0)7.0
M. Lorenzen (H, 1)1.0
R. Iglesias (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Eickhoff 80-49, J. Rodriguez 5-3, P. Neshek 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Eickhoff 7-6, J. Rodriguez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Eickhoff 25, J. Rodriguez, P. Neshek 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Finnegan 88-58, M. Lorenzen 24-16, R. Iglesias 21-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Finnegan 9-3, M. Lorenzen 1-0, R. Iglesias 1-0
  • Batters Faced - B. Finnegan 23, M. Lorenzen 5, R. Iglesias 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Cozart singled to shallow right, Duvall scored02
    Votto homered to right01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Raisel Iglesias pitching
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kendrick grounded out to third
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Herrera reached on an infield single
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
    • T. Joseph: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Herrera stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Joseph struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Michael Lorenzen relieved Brandon Finnegan
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Ball, Altherr reached on an infield single
    • C. Rupp: Strike looking, Ball, Rupp reached on an infield single, Altherr to second
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
    • Michael Saunders hit for Joely Rodriguez
    • M. Saunders: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Saunders struck out swinging
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Pat Neshek pitching
    • Scooter Gennett hit for Michael Lorenzen
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gennett struck out looking
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Hamilton lined out to right
    • J. Peraza: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Peraza struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • B. Finnegan Pitching:
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Franco grounded out to first
    • T. Joseph: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Joseph struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Ball, Votto homered to right
    • A. Duvall: Foul, Strike looking, Duvall doubled to left
    • E. Suarez: Suarez lined out to center
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Cozart singled to shallow right, Duvall scored
    • Joely Rodriguez relieved Jerad Eickhoff
    • T. Barnhart: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Barnhart grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • B. Finnegan Pitching:
    • J. Eickhoff: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Eickhoff struck out swinging
    • C. Hernandez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Kendrick grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
    • B. Finnegan: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Finnegan struck out looking
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hamilton struck out looking
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • B. Finnegan Pitching:
    • A. Altherr: Altherr grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Rupp: Ball, Strike looking, Rupp lined out to right
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike looking, Galvis grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Schebler struck out looking
    • Z. Cozart: Strike swinging, Cozart reached on an infield single
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Barnhart grounded into double play first to shortstop to first to pitcher, Cozart out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • B. Finnegan Pitching:
    • O. Herrera: Herrera grounded out to second
    • M. Franco: Ball, Strike looking, Franco flied out to center
    • T. Joseph: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Joseph struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Votto flied out to left
    • A. Duvall: Duvall grounded out to second
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • B. Finnegan Pitching:
    • J. Eickhoff: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Eickhoff struck out swinging
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • H. Kendrick: Kendrick grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cozart lined out to right
    • T. Barnhart: Barnhart doubled to deep right center
    • B. Finnegan: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Finnegan grounded out to second, Barnhart to third
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hamilton walked
    • J. Peraza: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Hamilton stole second, Peraza flied out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • B. Finnegan Pitching:
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Altherr struck out looking
    • C. Rupp: Rupp grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duvall struck out swinging
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Suarez grounded out to third
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Ball, Schebler flied out to left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • B. Finnegan Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to second
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kendrick walked
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Herrera reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Kendrick out at second
    • M. Franco: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Franco singled to shallow center, Herrera to second
    • T. Joseph: Ball, Joseph flied out to shallow center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Foul, Foul, Hamilton grounded out to second
    • J. Peraza: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Peraza grounded out to second
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Votto flied out to deep center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)