Watch: Phillies’ Nick Maton’s walk-off single gives Philadelphia 7-6 win over Cincinnati Reds

PHILADELPHIA– Nick Maton’s hit single with a ninth-place exit gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Matt Vierling Homered and JT Realmuto had a two-run triple for the Phillies, who won the first two of their four-game streak to improve their NL wildcard chances. Philadelphia started the wildcard race as second.

“It’s been a rollercoaster ride of a game and it feels good to come out on top,” said Maton.

TJ Friedl hit a two-run triple and Donovan Solano had two hits, including an RBI double, for the Reds.

“It was a great game,” said Reds manager David Bell. “It’s hard to say that when you lose. It would have been a great game if you’d won it. It didn’t end the way we wanted and that’s very disappointing for our team.”

After the Phillies gave up two runs in the ninth run to go 6-5 behind, Jean Segura led with a walk of Alexis Diaz (4-2) from the bottom of the ninth run. Pinch hitter Bryson Stott followed with a drive to right center that hit the top of the wall. Midfielder Nick Senzel threw two cutoff men, allowing Segura to score on Stott’s double.

Diaz then knocked out four of a kind with a swing before Maton, scoring for Edmundo Sosa, lined a 2-2 pitch to right field to meet Stott.

“He’s always ready to hit,” Stott said. “To come through for us is great.”

Maton was bullied by his giddy teammates in short right field after a wild turn of events.

Nick Maton of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with his teammates after hitting a game-winning RBI singles against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 in Philadelphia.

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“We all believe in each other,” Stott said. “If you don’t do it, you’ve got another great guy behind you who’s also very good at it. We never feel like we’re out of the game. With the thugs in that lineup, you know you’re never out.”

The Phillies could be getting their best hitter back anytime soon.

About 70 miles north of Philadelphia on Tuesday night, Bryce Harper hit a solo homer in his first at-bat and connected with a three-run shot in the eighth in his first rehab game at the triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 2021 NL MVP has been out since sustaining a broken left thumb on June 25. Harper may return from Thursday’s injury list, but the Phillies said Monday he likely would stay in the Lehigh Valley through Saturday and potentially return to the Phillies if they begin a three-game streak in Arizona on Monday.

Harper’s return will help an already confident group.

“Right now I feel like we can beat any team in the game,” said Segura.

Brad Hand (3-1) clinched the win despite giving up two unearned runs in heat 9.

After an out at the start to the top of the ninth, Senzel caught Sosa’s throwing error at the shortstop. Kyle Farmer’s infield single to deep short put the runners in first and second place. After Alejo Lopez flew out, Friedl lined a two-run three-pointer that narrowly escaped dive center fielder Bradley Zimmer in deep right center to put the Reds 6-5 ahead.

FLASHING DEBUT

Michael Plassmeyer threw 1 scoreless innings of relief at a crucial point in his big league debut for the Phillies. Plassmeyer, called up from Lehigh Valley before the game to help with the Phillies’ injured bullpen, threw out starter Ranger Suárez with loaded bases and two outs in sixth place and fanned Austin Romine to three pitches. It took him just six pitches to send the Reds down 1-2-3 in the seventh and finished the game with eight strikes on nine pitches.

The 25-year-old Plassmeyer was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the fourth round in 2018. The Phillies got him in a trade with the San Francisco Giants in June, and the left-hander was 2.83 in 11 games, 4-2 all starts at triple-A.

“I was just trying to stay true to myself as a pitcher,” he said. “I was just trying to focus on the breathing and calm her a little.”

FOR STARTERS

Reds starter Nick Lodolo didn’t allow a hit in five innings but walked after just one out in the sixth. He allowed three hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

Suarez gave up three runs with six hits in 5 2/3.

STILL STRIPES

Nick Castellanos extended his hitting streak to 13 games with the go-ahead RBI single in the sixth, and he hits .364 during the stretch.

TRAINING ROOM

Reds: Mike Moustakas was pulled out with a left calf injury after running bases in the eighth round after hitting third base. Bell predicted after the game Moustakas wouldn’t play on Wednesday but doesn’t think the injury is serious. … INF Matt Reynolds (left hip pain) was placed on the 10-day IL retroactive to Monday. Reynolds retired with hip pain in the seventh inning of Sunday’s 9-5 win in Pittsburgh. … RHP Graham Ashcraft (right bicep soreness) was played backdated to Saturday at 15-day IL.

Phillies: Kyle Schwarber was back in left field for the first time since his right calf on Aug. 11. Schwarber had returned to the lineup as a DH on Friday. He went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.

NEXT

Reds RHP TJ Zeuch (0-2, 13.50) starts for the injured Ashcraft in the third game of the four-game series against Philadelphia LHP Cristopher Sánchez (1-1, 3.80) on Wednesday night.

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