Gennett homers to back Castillo, Reds beat Phillies, 4-0

CINCINNATI (AP) Philadelphia's hopes of breaking out of a mini-slump ran smack dab into a quietly hot Luis Castillo.

The Cincinnati right-hander allowed four hits in a season-high seven innings, Scooter Gennett hit a two-run homer and the Reds wrapped up their long home stand with a third consecutive win over the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-0, on Sunday.

Phillip Ervin and Curt Casali each had an RBI and run for the Reds, who won a four-game series against the Phillies for the first time in nearly 21 years.

Castillo (6-8) allowed four hits and walk with a season-high nine strikeouts to earn his first decision in six starts since a 6-3 win over the Cubs on June 22. He retired 14 of the last 15 batters he faced, and the only baserunner in that span was eliminated on a double play.

The Reds have won six of his last seven starts, and the only loss was in 10 innings to the Cubs at Chicago on July 8. He lowered his earned-run average over his last five starts to 2.25, dropping his overall number from 5.85 to 4.98.

''I've been working on my arm angle with the pitching coach,'' Castillo said through interpreter Julio Morillo. ''I was working on it and focused on it today. With my old arm angle I felt my wrist was staying behind. I feel my arm is quicker with this arm angle.''

Even though he ended up needing to use three relievers to cover the final two innings, Interim manager Jim Riggleman was satisfied with Castillo.

''We got what we needed and then some,'' Riggleman said. ''That's a very good lineup he's facing over there. To throw zeroes up there for seven innings is impressive. It was really nice to get that start. We had a fairly fresh bullpen and could have covered it. It was good to show Castillo that he could do it.''

The Phillies, who lead the National League East Division, have lost three straight games for the first time since June 24-26. They opened the series with a 9-4 win on Thursday before scoring just six runs over the next three games.

''You have to give some credit to a good, young, hungry baseball team and the job Jim Riggleman is doing,'' Philadelphia manager Game Kapler said about the Reds. ''

The Reds, the Central Division cellar-dwellers, finished their season-high 10-game home stand 5-5 after starting 1-4.

David Hernandez allowed a hit with three strikeouts in the eighth. The Phillies loaded the bases in the ninth with two bloop hits off Wandy Peralta and a single off Raisel Iglesias before he struck out Scott Kingery and Andrew Knapp for his 21st save, finishing Cincinnati's third shutout win and Philadelphia's seventh shutout loss of the season.

Philadelphia has lost Zach Eflin's last three starts after winning six straight. In his second start since coming off the disabled list with a right middle finger blister, Eflin (7-3) allowed seven hits and four runs with one walk and four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

''I didn't do my job today,'' Eflin said. ''I had good stuff. I think I was one or two pitches from going deep into the game with just one run. I had a really good fastball. I could've throw more curves and changeups. I've got to do a better job sequencing.'

THIS ONE COUNTS

Gennett's homer was his first since his ninth-inning, two-run shot sent the All-Star Game to a 10th inning on July 17.

HOMER RASH

Gennett's homer was the sixth allowed by Eflin in four July starts after giving up none in five June outings and four over five May appearances.

BARELY ALIVE

The Phillies needed Cesar Hernandez's pinch-hit double in the eighth to extend their streak of consecutive games with an extra-base hit to 101, tying the 2000 team for the second-longest in franchise history.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (12-3) is scheduled to make his first career appearance at Fenway Park and against the Red Sox on Monday.

Reds: After a day off, RHP Homer Bailey (1-7) is due to make his second start since coming off the disabled list on Tuesday at Detroit's Comerica Park.

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  • W: L. Castillo (6-8)L: Z. Eflin (7-3)S: R. Iglesias (21)
  • HR: CIN - S. Gennett (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Hoskins LF30000112.260.368.509.8760.5
N. Williams RF40200022.261.333.457.7901.0
M. Franco 3B40200001.273.316.486.8012.0
S. Kingery SS40000014.233.274.335.609-0.5
J. Alfaro C20000011.257.309.403.712-0.5
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Z. Eflin P20000021.154.154.269.423-1.0
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b- C. Hernandez PH-2B10100000.271.376.379.7542.0
  • a-struck out for Alfaro in the 8th
  • b-doubled for Arano in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Peraza SS40000002.290.336.391.7270.0
S. Gennett 2B41221000.319.369.510.87910.0
J. Votto 1B40200002.289.425.430.8552.0
E. Suarez 3B40000034.298.383.574.957-1.5
M. Williams CF-RF41200010.333.333.583.9174.5
A. Duvall LF40100011.205.286.399.6850.5
P. Ervin RF21110011.274.343.339.6823.5
D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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C. Casali C21110201.288.393.481.8746.0
L. Castillo P10000002.128.171.154.3250.0
b- B. Hamilton PH-CF20100002.227.302.310.6121.0
  • a-struck out for Hernandez in the 8th
  • b-singled for Castillo in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Hernandez (14)
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Ervin (4), C. Casali (4)
  • HR - S. Gennett (17)
  • SF - P. Ervin
  • SH - L. Castillo (2)
  • RBI - S. Gennett 2 (67), P. Ervin (8), C. Casali (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Gennett 2 (28)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Gennett (3), M. Williams
FIELDING
  • DP - (Kingery-Cabrera-Santana)
  • E - M. Franco (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Suarez-Gennett-Votto)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (L, 7-3)5.17441413.641.170.0
V. Arano1.22000102.211.081.5
L. Garcia0.21001204.031.07-1.0
J. Thompson0.10000004.961.530.0
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (L, 7-3)5.1
V. Arano1.2
L. Garcia0.2
J. Thompson0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Castillo (W, 6-8)7.04001904.981.3230.5
D. Hernandez1.01000301.790.993.5
W. Peralta0.12000005.811.90-2.0
R. Iglesias (S, 21)0.21000202.111.007.0
PITCHERSIP
L. Castillo (W, 6-8)7.0
D. Hernandez1.0
W. Peralta0.1
R. Iglesias (S, 21)0.2
PITCHING
  • IBB - Z. Eflin
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 80-54, V. Arano 16-12, L. Garcia 17-10, J. Thompson 3-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 8-5, V. Arano 1-2
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 25, V. Arano 6, L. Garcia 4, J. Thompson
PITCHING
  • WP - L. Castillo 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 102-67, D. Hernandez 12-10, W. Peralta 13-10, R. Iglesias 18-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 4-7
  • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 25, D. Hernandez 4, W. Peralta 3, R. Iglesias 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Santana 1B40100021.212.350.404.7540.0
A. Cabrera 2B40000022.272.323.478.801-1.0
L. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Thompson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
O. Herrera CF40200011.275.330.464.7941.5
R. Hoskins LF30000112.260.368.509.8760.5
N. Williams RF40200022.261.333.457.7901.0
M. Franco 3B40200001.273.316.486.8012.0
S. Kingery SS40000014.233.274.335.609-0.5
J. Alfaro C20000011.257.309.403.712-0.5
a- A. Knapp PH-C20000023.228.323.379.703-1.0
Z. Eflin P20000021.154.154.269.423-1.0
V. Arano P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Alfaro in the 8th
  • b-doubled for Arano in the 8th
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J. Peraza SS40000002.290.336.391.7270.0
S. Gennett 2B41221000.319.369.510.87910.0
J. Votto 1B40200002.289.425.430.8552.0
E. Suarez 3B40000034.298.383.574.957-1.5
M. Williams CF-RF41200010.333.333.583.9174.5
A. Duvall LF40100011.205.286.399.6850.5
P. Ervin RF21110011.274.343.339.6823.5
D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- B. Dixon PH10000011.179.220.282.502-0.5
W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Iglesias P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Casali C21110201.288.393.481.8746.0
L. Castillo P10000002.128.171.154.3250.0
b- B. Hamilton PH-CF20100002.227.302.310.6121.0
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  • a-struck out for Hernandez in the 8th
  • b-singled for Castillo in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Hernandez (14)
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Ervin (4), C. Casali (4)
  • HR - S. Gennett (17)
  • SF - P. Ervin
  • SH - L. Castillo (2)
  • RBI - S. Gennett 2 (67), P. Ervin (8), C. Casali (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Gennett 2 (28)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Gennett (3), M. Williams
FIELDING
  • DP - (Kingery-Cabrera-Santana)
  • E - M. Franco (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Suarez-Gennett-Votto)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (L, 7-3)5.17441413.641.170.0
V. Arano1.22000102.211.081.5
L. Garcia0.21001204.031.07-1.0
J. Thompson0.10000004.961.530.0
Total8.01044271---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (L, 7-3)5.1
V. Arano1.2
L. Garcia0.2
J. Thompson0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Castillo (W, 6-8)7.04001904.981.3230.5
D. Hernandez1.01000301.790.993.5
W. Peralta0.12000005.811.90-2.0
R. Iglesias (S, 21)0.21000202.111.007.0
Total9.08001140---
PITCHERSIP
L. Castillo (W, 6-8)7.0
D. Hernandez1.0
W. Peralta0.1
R. Iglesias (S, 21)0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - Z. Eflin
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 80-54, V. Arano 16-12, L. Garcia 17-10, J. Thompson 3-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 8-5, V. Arano 1-2
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 25, V. Arano 6, L. Garcia 4, J. Thompson
PITCHING
  • WP - L. Castillo 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 102-67, D. Hernandez 12-10, W. Peralta 13-10, R. Iglesias 18-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 4-7
  • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 25, D. Hernandez 4, W. Peralta 3, R. Iglesias 3
  • 6TH INNING
    Ervin hit sacrifice fly to left, Williams scored04
  • 3RD INNING
    Gennett homered to right, Casali scored03
    Casali doubled to left center, Ervin scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Wandy Peralta pitching
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Herrera reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hoskins flied out to center
    • N. Williams: Strike looking, Williams singled to left, Herrera to second
    • Raisel Iglesias relieved Wandy Peralta
    • M. Franco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Franco singled to right, Herrera to third, Williams to second
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • A. Knapp: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Knapp struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • David Hernandez pitching
    • Andrew Knapp hit for Jorge Alfaro
    • A. Knapp: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Knapp struck out looking
    • Cesar Hernandez hit for Victor Arano
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez doubled to deep right
    • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Luis Garcia pitching
    • M. Williams: Williams reached on an infield single to second
    • A. Duvall: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Duvall struck out looking
    • Brandon Dixon hit for David Hernandez
    • B. Dixon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Williams stole second, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
    • C. Casali: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Casali walked
    • Jake Thompson relieved Luis Garcia
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Hamilton lined out to left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • N. Williams: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Williams struck out on foul tip
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Franco grounded out to first
    • S. Kingery: Foul, Strike swinging, Kingery grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Billy Hamilton hit for Luis Castillo
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Hamilton singled to right
    • J. Peraza: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pickoff attempt, Peraza flied out to right
    • S. Gennett: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Gennett singled to right, Hamilton to third
    • J. Votto: Ball, Votto flied out to center
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Gennett stole second, Strike looking, Suarez struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • O. Herrera: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Herrera struck out on foul tip
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hoskins popped out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • M. Williams: Williams singled to right
    • A. Duvall: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Duvall singled to right center, Williams to third
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ervin hit sacrifice fly to left, Williams scored
    • Victor Arano relieved Zach Eflin
    • C. Casali: Casali grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Duvall out at second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • J. Alfaro: Alfaro grounded out to shortstop
    • Z. Eflin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Eflin struck out swinging
    • C. Santana: Santana flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Peraza grounded out to second
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Gennett lined out to center
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Votto singled to right
    • E. Suarez: Suarez lined out to right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • N. Williams: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Williams singled to left
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Franco grounded into double play third to second to first, Williams out at second
    • S. Kingery: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kingery flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • M. Williams: Strike looking, Williams grounded out to second
    • A. Duvall: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Duvall safe at first on 3rd baseman Franco fielding error, Duvall to second
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Ervin struck out on foul tip
    • C. Casali: Casali intentionally walked
    • L. Castillo: Castillo grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Santana singled to right
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera flied out to deep center
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera popped out to second
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Santana to second on wild pitch, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Ervin doubled to left
    • C. Casali: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Casali doubled to left center, Ervin scored
    • L. Castillo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Castillo hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Casali to third
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Peraza grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Gennett homered to right, Casali scored
    • J. Votto: Votto singled to shallow left
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Franco singled to shallow right
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kingery flied out to deep left
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • Z. Eflin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Eflin struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Suarez struck out on foul tip
    • M. Williams: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Duvall flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • A. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to center
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Herrera singled to left center
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Herrera to second on wild pitch, Ball, Hoskins walked
    • N. Williams: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Ball, Foul, Peraza fouled out to right
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Gennett grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Votto grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)