Another Up-and-down Effort From Nick Pivetta Brings Phillies' Hot Stretch to a Halt


CINCINNATI - Nick Pivetta had electric stuff Friday night. That much was clear by the 12 strikeouts he registered in six innings.

But Pivetta made several mistakes over the heart of the plate and the Cincinnati Reds did not miss them. The Phillies' three-game winning streak came to an end in a 6-4 loss at Great American Ball Park.

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Pivetta gave up six hits, including a pair of homers, a solo shot to Eugenio Suarez in the second inning and a three-run shot to Mason Williams in the fourth inning.

Williams' homer came with no outs, on a 1-2 breaking ball, and was preceded by hits from Tucker Barnhart and Adam Duvall.

One night after tying a team record with seven homers in a 9-4 win over the Reds, the Phillies got a two-run homer from Odubel Herrera in the third inning. The Phils added a single run in the fifth on an RBI single by Rhys Hoskins.

The Phils had just five hits in the first eight innings. They strung together a couple in the ninth inning and scored a run on a two-out hit by Cesar Hernandez to make it a two-run game. Reds closer Raisel Iglesias got Hoskins to ground out with two men on base for the final out of the game.

Pivetta began the season as one of the Phillies' top success stories. He recorded a 3.26 ERA in his first 11 starts. Over his last 10 starts, his ERA is 6.84.

The Phillies are 58-45. They entered the night 2½ games up on Atlanta for first place in the NL East.

Earlier in the day, the Phillies acquired infielder Asdrubal Cabrera in a trade with the New York Mets. He is slated to join the Phillies for Saturday night's game. Vince Velasquez will pitch against Matt Harvey.

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