Jay Bruce's 2-run homer leads Phillies over Reds 4-2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jay Bruce is happier about playing in front of big crowds than a hitter-friendly ballpark.

Bruce hit a two-run homer, Zach Eflin threw 6 1/3 sharp innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 Friday night.

Bruce already has four homers in four games with the NL East-leading Phillies after hitting 14 for Seattle before he was acquired in a trade last week. He's the first Phillies player who debuted with the team in the modern era to hit four home runs in his first four games with the team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

''I'm excited to play in front of people, a lot of them,'' Bruce said. ''Not to take away from any other situations I've been in, this place is different. I'm excited.''

Joey Votto hit a solo shot for the Reds, who have dropped four of five.

Eflin (6-5) gave up two runs - one earned - and four hits. An injury-depleted bullpen missing seven relievers got eight outs, with Hector Neris finishing for his 13th save in 13 tries.

Reds starter Tyler Mahle (2-6) cruised through the first four innings. But J.T. Realmuto led off the fifth with a single and Bruce followed with an opposite-field shot to left-center to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead.

''He's as good as I've seen him,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said of Bruce. ''We're lucky to have him right now.''

Scott Kingery followed Bruce's drive with a single and later scored when catcher Tucker Barnhart tried to pick him off third and made a wild throw for an error.

The Phillies got an insurance run in the eighth on a throwing error by shortstop Jose Peraza trying to complete a double play. Cesar Hernandez and Bryce Harper hit consecutive singles before Jean Segura's grounder to second base turned into a run.

''We believe our guys will come through in that situation if we keep getting opportunities,'' Reds manager David Bell said.

Votto hit an opposite-field homer to left to give the Reds the lead in the first. Jose Iglesias' RBI single in the sixth cut it to 3-2.

Mahle allowed three runs - two earned - and four hits in five innings.

''Other than one pitch, he was outstanding against a good lineup,'' Bell said.

JAY'S DAY

Bruce has homered in at least three straight games for the 14th time in his career and third instance this season. He has 18 homers and 37 RBIs in only 51 games.

NEW SETUP MAN

Vince Velasquez, a converted starter, fanned two in a perfect eighth for the Phillies. Velasquez began the season in the rotation but moved to the bullpen after six mostly ineffective starts.

''It's a big role,'' Velasquez said. ''I'm very optimistic about any type of role. I'm waiting for the call. It's an honor to be in that role.''

ROSTER MOVES

The Phillies recalled lefty Ranger Suarez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and sent righty Yacksel Rios down.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: INF Alex Blandino played in his fourth rehab game at Triple-A Louisville. He's returning from right knee surgery last July.

Phillies: RHP Seranthony Dominguez was placed on the 10-day injury list with a right ulnar collateral ligament injury. ... CF Adam Haseley was scratched from the lineup because of soreness in his left hip flexor.

UP NEXT

RHP Tanner Roark (4-4, 3.47 ERA) starts for the Reds and RHP Nick Pivetta (3-1, 6.14) goes for the Phillies on Saturday afternoon.

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  • W: Z. Eflin (6-5)L: T. Mahle (2-6)S: H. Neris (13)
  • HR: CIN - J. Votto (5), PHI - J. Bruce (18)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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N. Senzel CF50000014.256.320.436.756-0.5
J. Votto 1B41211100.251.343.379.7228.0
M. Lorenzen PR00000000.125.222.250.4720.0
E. Suarez 3B50000043.271.346.516.862-2.0
D. Dietrich 2B41000001.255.360.6641.0241.0
J. Winker LF30100100.239.319.447.7663.0
Y. Puig RF40100023.211.256.385.6422.0
J. Iglesias SS40110022.294.333.418.7511.0
D. Hernandez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Barnhart C20100212.201.300.338.6382.5
T. Mahle P10000102.053.100.105.2051.0
a- J. VanMeter PH10000012.222.344.296.640-0.5
J. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Peraza SS10000001.211.272.331.6040.0
  • a-struck out for Mahle in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B31100000.281.339.450.7893.0
B. Harper RF40100011.250.355.475.8300.5
J. Segura SS40000011.287.336.440.776-0.5
R. Hoskins 1B30000101.263.388.509.8971.0
J. Realmuto C41200012.272.324.447.7712.5
J. Bruce LF31121012.235.298.609.9076.5
S. Kingery CF31100001.333.374.570.9442.0
M. Franco 3B30000001.209.283.393.6760.0
Z. Eflin P20000011.150.150.150.300-0.5
J. Alvarez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- P. Gosselin PH10000000.234.250.298.5480.0
V. Velasquez P0000-000.125.222.125.000-
H. Neris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Alvarez in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Winker (9)
  • HR - J. Votto (5)
  • RBI - J. Votto (12), J. Iglesias (22)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Senzel 3 (3), E. Suarez 2 (2), D. Dietrich, T. Mahle 2 (2), J. VanMeter 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - J. Bruce (18)
  • RBI - J. Bruce 2 (37)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Harper, J. Realmuto, J. Bruce, S. Kingery
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Puig (9)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Barnhart, J. Peraza (3)
FIELDING
  • E - M. Franco (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Mahle (L, 2-6)5.04320214.211.225.0
J. Hughes2.00001303.581.086.5
W. Peralta0.02110004.911.18-3.0
D. Hernandez1.00000005.141.363.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Mahle (L, 2-6)5.0
J. Hughes2.0
W. Peralta0.0
D. Hernandez1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (W, 6-5)6.14214612.881.1922.0
J. Alvarez (H, 5)0.21000103.331.40-0.5
V. Velasquez (H, 1)1.00000204.381.494.0
H. Neris (S, 13)1.01001201.950.949.0
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (W, 6-5)6.1
J. Alvarez (H, 5)0.2
V. Velasquez (H, 1)1.0
H. Neris (S, 13)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - T. Mahle (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Mahle 73-48, J. Hughes 24-16, W. Peralta 9-5, D. Hernandez 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Mahle 8-5, J. Hughes 3-0, D. Hernandez 2-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Mahle 20, J. Hughes 7, W. Peralta 2, D. Hernandez 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - Z. Eflin 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 95-61, J. Alvarez 10-7, V. Velasquez 15-10, H. Neris 22-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 7-7, J. Alvarez 1-0, V. Velasquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 28, J. Alvarez 3, V. Velasquez 3, H. Neris 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
N. Senzel CF50000014.256.320.436.756-0.5
J. Votto 1B41211100.251.343.379.7228.0
M. Lorenzen PR00000000.125.222.250.4720.0
E. Suarez 3B50000043.271.346.516.862-2.0
D. Dietrich 2B41000001.255.360.6641.0241.0
J. Winker LF30100100.239.319.447.7663.0
Y. Puig RF40100023.211.256.385.6422.0
J. Iglesias SS40110022.294.333.418.7511.0
D. Hernandez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Barnhart C20100212.201.300.338.6382.5
T. Mahle P10000102.053.100.105.2051.0
a- J. VanMeter PH10000012.222.344.296.640-0.5
J. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Peralta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Peraza SS10000001.211.272.331.6040.0
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  • a-struck out for Mahle in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B31100000.281.339.450.7893.0
B. Harper RF40100011.250.355.475.8300.5
J. Segura SS40000011.287.336.440.776-0.5
R. Hoskins 1B30000101.263.388.509.8971.0
J. Realmuto C41200012.272.324.447.7712.5
J. Bruce LF31121012.235.298.609.9076.5
S. Kingery CF31100001.333.374.570.9442.0
M. Franco 3B30000001.209.283.393.6760.0
Z. Eflin P20000011.150.150.150.300-0.5
J. Alvarez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- P. Gosselin PH10000000.234.250.298.5480.0
V. Velasquez P0000-000.125.222.125.000-
H. Neris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Alvarez in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Winker (9)
  • HR - J. Votto (5)
  • RBI - J. Votto (12), J. Iglesias (22)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Senzel 3 (3), E. Suarez 2 (2), D. Dietrich, T. Mahle 2 (2), J. VanMeter 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - J. Bruce (18)
  • RBI - J. Bruce 2 (37)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Harper, J. Realmuto, J. Bruce, S. Kingery
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Puig (9)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Barnhart, J. Peraza (3)
FIELDING
  • E - M. Franco (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Mahle (L, 2-6)5.04320214.211.225.0
J. Hughes2.00001303.581.086.5
W. Peralta0.02110004.911.18-3.0
D. Hernandez1.00000005.141.363.0
Total8.0643151---
PITCHERSIP
T. Mahle (L, 2-6)5.0
J. Hughes2.0
W. Peralta0.0
D. Hernandez1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (W, 6-5)6.14214612.881.1922.0
J. Alvarez (H, 5)0.21000103.331.40-0.5
V. Velasquez (H, 1)1.00000204.381.494.0
H. Neris (S, 13)1.01001201.950.949.0
Total9.06215111---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (W, 6-5)6.1
J. Alvarez (H, 5)0.2
V. Velasquez (H, 1)1.0
H. Neris (S, 13)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - T. Mahle (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Mahle 73-48, J. Hughes 24-16, W. Peralta 9-5, D. Hernandez 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Mahle 8-5, J. Hughes 3-0, D. Hernandez 2-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Mahle 20, J. Hughes 7, W. Peralta 2, D. Hernandez 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - Z. Eflin 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 95-61, J. Alvarez 10-7, V. Velasquez 15-10, H. Neris 22-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 7-7, J. Alvarez 1-0, V. Velasquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 28, J. Alvarez 3, V. Velasquez 3, H. Neris 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Segura reached on fielder's choice to second, Hernandez scored, Segura to second, Harper out at second on shortstop Peraza throwing error24
  • 6TH INNING
    Iglesias singled to center, Dietrich scored, Winker to second23
  • 5TH INNING
    Ball, Kingery scored, Hernandez to second on catcher Barnhart throwing error13
    Bruce homered to left center, Realmuto scored12
  • 1ST INNING
    Votto homered to left center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Hector Neris relieved Vince Velasquez
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Barnhart singled to center
    • J. Peraza: Peraza popped out to third
    • N. Senzel: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Senzel struck out looking
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Votto walked, Barnhart to second
    • Michael Lorenzen ran for Joey Votto
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Vince Velasquez pitching
    • J. Winker: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Winker grounded out to second
    • Y. Puig: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
    • J. Iglesias: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Iglesias struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wandy Peralta relieved Jared Hughes
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez reached on an infield single to third
    • B. Harper: Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Harper singled to left, Hernandez to second
    • David Hernandez pitching
    • Jose Peraza at shortstop
    • J. Segura: Strike swinging, Segura reached on fielder's choice to second, Hernandez scored, Segura to second, Harper out at second on shortstop Peraza throwing error
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Hoskins flied out to left
    • J. Realmuto: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Realmuto grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • N. Senzel: Strike looking, Senzel lined out to left
    • Jose Alvarez relieved Zach Eflin
    • J. Votto: Ball, Foul, Foul, Votto singled to center
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • D. Dietrich: Dietrich grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hughes Pitching:
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Kingery grounded out to third
    • Ma. Franco: Franco grounded out to third
    • Phil Gosselin hit for Jose Alvarez
    • P. Gosselin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gosselin grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Dietrich safe at first on 3rd baseman Franco fielding error
    • J. Winker: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Winker walked, Dietrich to second
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Puig popped out to first
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Iglesias singled to center, Dietrich scored, Winker to second
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • Josh VanMeter hit for Tyler Mahle
    • J. VanMeter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, VanMeter struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Jared Hughes pitching
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hoskins walked
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • N. Senzel: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Senzel popped out to second
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Votto grounded out to second
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Realmuto singled to center
    • J. Bruce: Bruce homered to left center, Realmuto scored
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kingery singled to left
    • Ma. Franco: Strike looking, Franco grounded out to pitcher, Kingery to second
    • Z. Eflin: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Eflin grounded out to third, Kingery to third
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Hernandez hit by pitch
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Kingery scored, Hernandez to second on catcher Barnhart throwing error, Foul, Ball, Harper grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Winker lined out to center
    • Y. Puig: Puig singled to center
    • J. Iglesias: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Puig stole second, Foul, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
    • T. Barnhart: Barnhart intentionally walked
    • T. Mahle: Mahle grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Segura grounded out to third
    • R. Hoskins: Hoskins grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Votto flied out to left
    • E. Suarez: Suarez grounded out to third
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dietrich flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • Ma. Franco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Franco grounded out to second
    • Z. Eflin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Eflin struck out swinging
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez fouled out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Ball, Winker doubled to deep right
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias grounded out to third
    • T. Barnhart: Barnhart intentionally walked
    • T. Mahle: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mahle walked, Winker to third, Barnhart to second
    • N. Senzel: Strike looking, Senzel grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Hoskins lined out to third
    • J. Realmuto: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Realmuto singled to center
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Bruce flied out to deep left
    • S. Kingery: Kingery flied out to deep center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • N. Senzel: Ball, Senzel flied out to deep center
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Votto homered to left center
    • E. Suarez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Dietrich grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hernandez popped out to shortstop
    • B. Harper: Harper grounded out to first
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Segura grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)