Nick Williams’ pinch homer lifts Phillies over Reds 6-5

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Williams hit a tiebreaking solo homer as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

Scott Kingery homered for the first time in his career and Rhys Hoskins also went deep for the Phillies.

The win makes it that much better, Kingery said.

After Barnhart’s homer tied it at 3-3 in the third, Carlos Santana’s RBI double and Maikel Franco’s sacrifice fly in the bottom half put the Phillies ahead 5-3.

Scooter Gennett lined an RBI double in the fourth and Billy Hamilton drove in the tying run with an infield single in the sixth. Hamilton tried to score from second base on reliever Adam Morgan’s wild pitch, but catcher Jorge Alfaro threw to the pitcher covering the plate in time for the out.

What an athletic play, Kapler said.

The Reds opened the scoring in the first when Adam Duvall walked with the bases loaded, but Ben Lively pitched out of the jam. Barnhart lined out to shortstop and Phillip Ervin and Cliff Pennington struck out.

It was a big opportunity and we weren’t able to tack on, Reds manager Bryan Price said. It was a chance to put up a big number and nothing really went our way after that.

Franco finished with six RBI after just missing another homer when his two-run double hit high off the left-center field wall. He has driven in 10 runs in the past two games.

Santana’s shot to deep right field was his 1,000th career hit.

Manager Gabe Kapler has been impressed with his team’s patient approach at the plate. Philadelphia’s hitters walked six times and saw 200 pitches.

We’ve been grinding out at-bats and great things happened, Kapler said.
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Marlins left-hander Dillon Peters (1-1) gave up nine runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings. Miami catcher Bryan Holaday tossed a perfect eighth, fanning cleanup hitter Rhys Hoskins on a 62 mph pitch to end the inning and earn smiles from teammates in the dugout.

Franco’s Jason Smith Jersey homer in the first made it 5-1. Altherr’s drive in the third extended the lead to 9-1. He was 1 for 19 this season before putting one in the seats in left.

I’m seeing the ball really good, feel really comfortable and just trying to get deeper in the count and hit a good pitch, Franco said.

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