Cincinnati Reds Defeat Philadelphia Phillies 5-2

The Cincinnati Reds (27-31) scored four times in the bottom of the first and held on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies (22-39) 5-2 Wednesday afternoon at Great American Ball Park. 

Ivan DeJesus, Jr. capped the first-inning rally with a three-run home run (2) to left (video). Todd Frazier and Brayan Pena, who had both singled, scored ahead of DeJesus. Pena's single scored Joey Votto, who had also singled, to start the scoring. Pena then drove home an insurance run in the seventh with another RBI single, scoring Frazier.

Philadelphia scored single runs in the second and fourth. Cameron Rupp drove in both runs, scoring Ryan Howard with a single in the second and Cesar Hernandez with a double in the fourth. Rupp was one of three Phillies who had two hits, and the Phillies had 10 altogether; only two of these hits, though, drove in runs.

Jon Moscot (W: 1-1, 4.91 ERA) picked up his first Major League win with six innings of work. He allowed two earned runs on six hits while walking two and striking out two. Four Reds relievers pitched a total of three innings with Aroldis Chapman (S: 12) working a perfect ninth for the save. Chapman struck out one, giving him 45 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings spread over 28 appearances.

Jerome Williams (L: 3-6, 5.71) pitched six innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits. He walked one, struck out three, and served up DeJesus's home run. 

On Thursday, Cincinnati travels to Wrigley Field to open a four-game series with the Chicago Cubs, including the Sunday Night Game of the Week. The Phillies have Thursday off. On Friday, they visit the Pittsburgh Pirates for three games over the weekend.