- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Adam Morgan struggled with his command, and the Philadelphia Phillies never recovered.

Morgan was knocked out in the fourth inning of Philadelphia’s 9-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

The Phillies had one last chance in the ninth. David Lough walked with the bases loaded, but Tony Cingrani replaced Drew Hayes and got two outs for his third save.

The Phillies finished with 12 hits, but left a season-high 16 runners on base.

“We couldn’t capitalize with runners in scoring position,” manager Pete Mackanin said. “The good news is we won the series. We’ve played well, except for today.”

Eugenio Suarez hit a three-run homer and Jay Bruce went 3 for 3, helping the last-place Reds rebound from a difficult loss. Dan Straily (2-1) pitched five scoreless innings.

“We’re always chasing that good feeling at the end of the day,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re 10 games over .500 or 10 games under, it feels good to win.”

Morgan (1-1) lasted just 3 2/3 innings, matching the shortest outing of his career. He allowed seven runs and eight hits.

“He didn’t have command or control,” Mackanin said. “The ball wasn’t coming out of his hand right.”

Morgan issued an intentional walk to Tucker Barnhart to get to Straily in the fourth, and then threw four straight balls to Straily to force in a run. Tyler Holt drove in a run with a fielder’s choice before Suarez connected for his seventh homer, making it 7-0 and chasing Straily from the game.

The Reds had lost five of six, including the first two of the weekend set in Philadelphia. The Phillies hung on for a 4-3 victory on Saturday night when Suarez was cut down at the plate by left fielder Tyler Goeddel on the final play of the game.

Morgan’s ERA jumped to 6.41.

“We know he’s a better pitcher than what he’s showed,” Mackanin said.

Maikel Franco had three hits and three RBIs for Philadelphia, which had won six of seven. Carlos Ruiz and Freddy Galvis had two hits apiece.


With his fourth-inning walk, Philadelphia center fielder Odubel Herrera matched his total from last year in just his 162nd plate appearance of the season. He added another walk in the eighth inning. Herrera, a Rule 5 pick in 2014, had 28 walks in 495 plate appearances during his rookie campaign last season.


The Phillies had won six in a row at home. They were trying for their first seven-game home win streak since 2009.


Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton, who was placed on the bereavement list Friday to attend the funeral of his young nephew in Mississippi, is expected to return to the team Monday in Cleveland.


Reds: LHP John Lamb (0-0, 1.80 ERA) starts in Cleveland on Monday against Indians RHP Cody Anderson (0-2, 7.56 ERA).

Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (1-5, 4.43 ERA) opposes Miami LHP Adam Conley (2-2, 3.72 ERA) on Monday night.

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