Scott Schebler doubled with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning as the Cincinnati Reds took advantage of another meltdown by Philadelphia’s bullpen and rallied to beat the Phillies 3-2 Wednesday night.
Philadelphia wasted a lead in the eighth inning of a 6-2 defeat on opening day. Ahead all the way until the ninth, the Phillies let another one get away.
Trying to hold a 2-1 lead, Dalier Hinojosa (0-1) gave up three singles that loaded the bases with one out. Schebler, acquired from the Dodgers in the three-team deal that sent Todd Frazier to the White Sox in the offseason, doubled to left-center to complete the rally.
Blake Wood (1-0) pitched one inning for the win, the Reds’ seventh straight over the Phillies at Great American Ball Park.
Aaron Nola gave up four hits over seven innings on a blustery night, and Maikel Franco added to his impressive springtime with a two-run homer into the wind in the first inning. Nola gave up Eugenio Suarez’s solo homer and matched his career high by fanning eight.
The game started with gusts, then intermittent rain pelted the players and the crowd of 21,621.
Franco hit his homer off left-hander Brandon Finnegan, one of his few bad pitches. Finnegan — obtained from Kansas City as part of the deal for Johnny Cueto last July — allowed only three hits and a walk in six innings, striking out a career-high nine.
Franco hit nine homers and drove in 23 runs during spring training, the most by any player in the majors.
Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton made a diving catch in center to rob Cedric Hunter of a potential RBI single in the seventh. It was his second diving catch in two games.
▪ Reds 2B Brandon Phillips was a late scratch because of a stomach virus.
▪ Phillies 1B Ryan Howard was out of the lineup. Manager Pete Mackanin plans to sit him against left-handed pitchers.