By Sam Bush

Mason Williams hit a three-run homer in the Cincinnati Reds’ 6-4 win over the Phillies.

Eugenio Suarez added a solo shot and right-hander David Hernandez turned in 2 1/3 innings of scoreless emergency relief as the Reds, the NL Central’s last-place team, snapped East Division-leading Phils’ three-game winning streak.

Phillies starter Nick Piveta (6-9) finished with 12 strikeouts, one short of tying his career high, in six innings. The Reds reached him for six hits and five runs with two walks. Reliever Jake Thompson pitched two innings, allowing a run without a hit in the eighth.

“I let the team down,” Piveta said. “I made a mistake on a 1-2 pitch with a hanging slider. That’s on me.”

Phillies manager Gabe Kepler appreciated needing just two pitchers to finish eight innings.

“Nick gave us some much-needed life,” Kepler said. “Our bullpen is in much better position for the next couple of days because of what Nick and Jake gave us.”

He’s allowed nine earned runs and 14 hits in 11 1/3 innings over his last two starts, both losses.

Anthony DeSclafani struck out seven while lasting one out into the fifth inning. DeSclafani allowed five hits, one of them Odubel Herrera’s two-run homer in the third, and three runs with two walks.


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