By Sam Bush
Patrick Kivlehan hit two solo homers, Adam Duvall hit a pair of two-run shots and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Phillies 8-4 yesterday.
Scott Schebler also homered for the Reds and Scott Feldman (4-4) allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings.
Kivlehan had two homers in 65 career at-bats entering the game.
He connected off Zach Eflin in the fourth, and then went deep against Jeanmar Gomez in the ninth.
Andrew Knapp hit a three-run homer for the struggling Phillies, who have lost nine consecutive series. They’re 6-22 in that span.
Eflin (0-3) was roughed up again and was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after the game. He allowed seven runs and nine hits, including four homers, in five innings.
“He needs to work on a few things, keeping the ball down, work on his secondary stuff,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “He just needs to go down there and get back to where he was because we’ve all seen him really good.”
Duvall hit a two-run shot to deep left-center in the third to tie it at 4. After Kivlehan’s homer in the fourth gave the Reds a 5-4 lead, Duvall drove another one out to left-center to make it 7-4.
“He’s in a really good cycle,” Price said of Duvall. “The way he goes about his business, his cycles are going to be longer in duration than his struggles.”
Knapp’s drive to straightaway center gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead in the second and Eflin added an RBI single.
Duvall had an RBI single in the first and Schebler hit one out in the second.