PHILADELPHIA (AP) — J.T. Realmuto homered, Rhys Hoskins drove in three runs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-5 on Wednesday night.
Jean Segura added three hits for the Phillies, who will go for the four-game series sweep on Thursday night. Cristopher Sánchez (2-1) struck out seven in six innings, and David Robertson got three outs for his 18th save.
Kyle Farmer and Stuart Fairchild homered for the Reds.
Philadelphia is in second place in the NL wild-card standings, and it looks as if help is on the way.
Bryce Harper had three hits and two RBIs on Wednesday night in his second rehab start at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, including a game-ending double in the ninth. The 2021 NL MVP, who has been out since June 25 with a broken left thumb, is eligible to return from the injured list on Thursday.
The original plan was for Harper to remain in Triple-A until Saturday, but it’s possible that the timetable could be moved up, Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said.
Sánchez (2-1), making a spot start to give Philadelphia’s regulars an extra day of rest, was charged with three runs and six hits.
Cincinnati put runners on first and third in the ninth, but Robertson got Farmer to bounce into a game-ending double play.
After failing to score with the bases loaded and one out in the first, Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead in the second on Matt Vierling’s RBI single and Hoskins’ run-scoring fielder’s choice off T.J. Zeuch (0-3).
Realmuto led off the third with his 14th homer, and Zeuch’s night was over later in the frame when he walked Kyle Schwarber with the bases loaded to make it 4-1. The Phillies scored two more in the inning when Art Warren walked Hoskins with the bases loaded and surrendered Alec Bohm’s RBI single.
Zeuch was tagged for six runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. He has a 15.19 ERA in three starts this season.
Farmer hit his seventh homer in the fourth. Jonathan India added an RBI double in the fifth, and TJ Friedl’s sacrifice fly trimmed Philadelphia’s lead to 6-4 in the seventh. But Hoskins responded with an RBI single in the bottom half of the seventh.
Chuckie Robinson made his big league debut at catcher, becoming the 58th player used by the Reds this season — a club record. Robinson singled and struck out in two at-bats.
Philadelphia’s Nick Castellanos extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a fourth-inning single. He is batting .367 during the stretch.
Reds: INF Mike Moustakas was not in the lineup after injuring his left calf in the eighth inning on Tuesday. … INF Matt Reynolds (left hip pain) returned to Cincinnati for treatment and further evaluation after being placed on the 10-day IL on Tuesday. Reynolds left in the seventh inning of Sunday’s 9-5 win at Pittsburgh due to hip soreness. … RHP Hunter Strickland (right shoulder strain) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday and could face live hitters on Saturday. Strickland last pitched on Aug. 1.
Reds RHP Justin Dunn (1-1, 6.08 ERA) opposes Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (8-10, 3.25 ERA) in the series finale Thursday night.
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