One bad inning costs Buchanan against Reds

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 8, 2014 at 5:38 pm •  Published: June 8, 2014
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Phillies rookie David Buchanan had one bad inning and it cost him.

The Reds scored all four of their runs in the fifth inning to beat Buchanan and Philadelphia 4-1 on Sunday.

"Buchanan had a pretty good fastball and slider," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "There were a couple pitches he'd like to have back both in the same inning."

It was just two bad pitches that cost Buchanan (1-3), who was making his fourth career start since being called up by Philadelphia on May 24.

Trailing 1-0 in the fifth, Todd Frazier led off with a bloop single to center field and went to third on Zack Cozart's opposite-field double down the right-field line. Against a drawn-in Phillies infield, Reds pitcher Homer Bailey grounded a two-run single up the middle, just out of reach of diving shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

Billy Hamilton, hitless in his previous 12 at bats, followed with his second home run of the season, a 348-foot drive into the right-field seats on a full count.

"I got the ground ball on Bailey but it found a hole," Buchanan said. "I left a change up, up to Hamilton. I had conviction with the pitch, if I put it down and away, he doesn't hit it."

Bailey (7-3) allowed just six hits and one run with three walks and seven strikeouts over eight innings. He picked uphis first career win in five decisions over 10 games against Philadelphia. He threw a season-high 121 pitches, four short of tying his career high.

The Phillies had at least one runner on base in six of those innings, but they couldn't capitalize enough to avoid their eighth loss in nine games.

"Every run is big for us," Sandberg said.

Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth save.

Buchanan allowed six hits and four runs with six strikeouts in six innings. He also hit a batter while losing his third consecutive start.