- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Eugenio Suarez crashed into Cameron Rupp, only to come up short.

Tyler Goeddel threw out Suarez with Rupp holding onto the ball following a violent collision to end the game and the Philadelphia Phillies held on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Saturday night.

Jay Bruce walked to start the ninth off David Hernandez, Suarez hit a single and Adam Duvall followed with a double to left to cut it to 4-3. After Tucker Barnhart grounded out to first base, pinch-hitter Jordan Pacheco hit a fly ball to left.

Goeddel made a perfect, no-hop throw to Rupp, who held on despite taking a hard shot from Suarez. Rupp stayed down briefly, but was up before the umpires completed a review to determine he didn’t block the plate illegally.

“I think they got it right, but you have to take a look at hit,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “From where I was sitting, it was tough to tell. The kid made a perfect throw.”

Cincinnati’s Tim Adleman (1-1) allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings in his third career start.

Aaron Nola (3-2) tied a career high with nine strikeouts in seven stingy innings, Odubel Herrera hit a solo homer and David Hernandez pitched out of a jam for his first save since July 12, 2013, for Arizona against Milwaukee.

Nola gave up two runs - one earned - and five hits. He struck out Barnhart and pinch-hitter Ramon Cabrera to leave runners on second and third in the seventh.

“It’s frustrating because we had opportunities,” Barnhart said. “Nola pitched a great game.”

The upstart Phillies have won three in a row, six of seven and are 22-11 since opening the season 0-4.

Cincinnati’s Tim Adleman (1-1) allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings in his third career start.

Herrera gave the Phillies a two-run cushion in the seventh when he lined a shot that bounced off a fan’s hands in the right-field stands and back on the field. A video review upheld the call and an exuberant Herrera screamed in celebration and high-fived teammates in the dugout.

The Phillies took a 3-1 lead in the fifth on consecutive RBI singles by Herrera and Cesar Hernandez.

Duvall’s RBI double down the left-field line cut it to 3-2. But Nola escaped more trouble. The 2014 first-round pick mixed his pitches nicely and got five of his strikeouts on off-speed stuff.

Ryan Howard followed Maikel Franco’s double with an RBI double off the wall in right-center to tie it at 1 in the fourth.

The Reds loaded the bases on two singles and a walk to start the game, but only scored one run. Zack Cozart raced home on Brandon Phillips’ sacrifice fly, a foul pop to first baseman Howard.

STANDINGS

The Phillies moved seven games over .500 for the first time since finishing the 2011 season with a franchise-record 102 wins. The last-place Reds dropped to 14-22 with their fifth loss in six games.

STREAKING

Duvall is batting .364 (12 for 33) with eight extra-base hits in his last 10 games.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: RHP Anthony DeSclafani threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session. DeSclafani hasn’t pitched this season because of a strained left oblique.

UP NEXT

RHP Dan Straily (1-3, 3.47 ERA) starts for the Reds while LHP Adam Morgan (1-0, 3.94) goes for the Phillies on Sunday. Both pitchers are making their first appearance against the other team.


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