Phillies SP Tyler Cloyd allows a run on four hits while striking out nine for his first Major League win against the Reds. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
Phillies 4, Reds 2
WP – Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 2.77)
LP – Johnny Cueto (18-6, 2.58)
SV – Phillippe Aumont (1)
CINCINNATI — It was an afternoon of firsts for a pair of young Phillies right-handers.
Tyler Cloyd never would have guessed his first Major League win would come on the road against the best team in the National League while being opposed by a Cy Young candidate.
But Cloyd did it anyway, besting the Reds offense and Johnny Cueto on a cloudy Monday afternoon in Cincinnati. Then Phillippe Aumont came in to pitch the 9th, earning Cloyd his first Major League win to go along with Aumont’s first Major League save in the Phillies 4-2 win over the Reds.
Cloyd settled down nicely after allowing a 2nd-inning solo home run to Ryan Ludwick. He pitched seven innings, striking out nine while allowing only a run on four hits.
Cloyd then helped start a three-run 5th inning with two outs when he followed up rookie catcher Steven Lerud’s single with a single of his own. Jimmy Rollins followed the pair of singles up with a three-run homer off Cueto, giving Philadelphia a 3-1 lead.
They added an insurance run in the 6th with John Mayberry’s solo homer off Cueto.
Cueto was 11-0 with a 1.61 ERA in 13 day games this season. But with the sun behind the clouds, it dampened Cueto’s outing in which he allowed four runs on eight hits through seven.
The Phillies have won four of their last five games and find themselves 7.5 games back on the Wild Card. With 27 games remaining, the Phillies magic number is down to 11, or else they are eliminated from the playoffs.
HR: Rollins (17), Mayberry (14).