June 04, 2015
Cody Asche scored from second base on a fielding error by pitcher Ryan Mattheus in the 11th inning, lifting the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night after Maikel Franco hit a tying, three-run homer off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth.
Cincinnati starter Mike Leake took a no-hitter into the seventh before Franco lined a single up the middle with two outs.
In the 11th, Asche hit a double down the left-field line off Mattheus (0-1) with one out. Freddy Galvis then hit a grounder to first baseman Joey Votto. Mattheus covered the bag, but couldn't catch the toss and Asche came around to score.
The Phillies have two straight walk-off wins after losing seven games in a row.
Seeking his first career shutout in 153 starts, Leake started the ninth with a 4-0 lead. But he left after consecutive singles by pinch-hitter Ben Revere and Jeff Francoeur.
Center fielder Billy Hamilton helped Chapman with a diving catch on Chase Utley's liner to left-center that was a sacrifice fly. After Ryan Howard walked, Franco hit a 98 mph fastball way out to left-center. Franco hit a tying, two-run homer in the eighth in Philadelphia's 5-4 win Tuesday night.
Chapman had converted 29 straight save chances, dating to last year, and was 9 for 9 this season before blowing his first since June 28, 2014. His streak was the longest active one in the majors.
Luis Garcia (2-1) pitched a scoreless 11th to earn the win after allowing a leadoff double to Votto.
Philadelphia starter Cole Hamels gave up two runs and six hits, striking out eight in seven innings. He remained 10-0 against the Reds, including playoffs. The ace lefty was a hard-luck loser last Friday when the Phillies were no-hit for 7 1-3 innings by Colorado's Chad Bettis in a 4-1 loss.
Leake was 0-3 with a 12.86 ERA in his previous three starts. But he dominated the Phillies. Leake retired his first 11 batters before walking Utley on a close 3-2 pitch. He hopped off the mound, thinking it was strike three. Leake also walked Carlos Ruiz in the sixth.
Brandon Phillips hit a two-run single to give the Reds a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Votto hit a two-run homer off Jake Diekman in the ninth, driving it 428 feet the opposite way to the left-center seats for a 4-0 lead.
Reds first base coach Billy Hatcher dove out of the way on a wild throw by Franco after Zack Cozart hit a grounder to third in the ninth.
Reds: LF Marlon Byrd was placed on the 15-day disabled list after he broke his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch from Sean O'Sullivan on Tuesday night.
Phillies: RHP Chad Billingsley, on the disabled list with a lat strain, played catch Tuesday and is making progress. Billingsley missed nearly two full seasons following two elbow injuries and his return lasted 10 days before he got hurt.
Reds: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (3-4, 3.41 ERA) makes his second career start vs. the Phillies on Thursday night. He's 1-1 with a 7.94 ERA against them.
Phillies: RHP Aaron Harang (4-5, 2.02) faces another one of his former teams. He's 3-1 with a 2.97 ERA in five starts against them. Harang was 75-80 with a 4.28 ERA in eight seasons for Cincinnati from 2003-10.