PHILADELPHIA — Alfredo Simon allowed five hits over 7 2-3 strong innings, Devin Mesoraco hit a three-run homer and the Cincinnati Reds beat the struggling Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 on Friday night.
Simon (5-2) had a season-high eight strikeouts, walked one and hit one batter. Manny Parra got one out in the eighth and Aroldis Chapman struck out pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez on a 102 mph fastball with runners on second and third for his second save in two tries.
The Phillies haven’t scored a run in the last 20 innings and were shut out for the sixth time this season. They have lost four straight and eight of 10 to fall a season-worst five games under .500 at 17-22.
Kyle Kendrick (0-4) lost his ninth straight decision, dating to last Aug. 11. He allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings.
Kendrick hasn’t had much help from the offense, however. The Phillies have been shut out five times in those 15 starts and have scored one run or less eight times.
A reshuffled lineup didn’t solve Philadelphia’s hitting woes. Leadoff hitter Ben Revere was out with a stomach virus, so Jimmy Rollins batted first for the first time in 70 games. Carlos Ruiz moved up to bat second and John Mayberry Jr. took Revere’s spot in center field.
The Phillies squandered a few chances in the early innings. They had runners on first and third with two outs in the first, but Simon struck out Marlon Byrd to end the inning. They had runners on the corners again with one out in the third, but Simon fanned Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. Simon struck out Ruiz to leave another runner on third in the fifth.
Brewers 4, Cubs 3
CHICAGO — Kyle Lohse pitched seven effective innings in his first victory in three weeks, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the sloppy Chicago Cubs.
Lohse allowed three runs and seven hits as NL Central-leading Milwaukee won for the fifth time in six games. He retired his last 13 batters in his first win since April 23 against San Diego, ending a streak of three starts without a decision.
Jean Segura had three hits and two RBIs for Milwaukee, which improved to 15-9 against its division this year. Elian Herrera doubled twice in a spot start in right field for Ryan Braun, who got the day off as he makes his way back from a right oblique strain.
Darwin Barney hit a two-run homer and Junior Lake had a solo shot for the Cubs, who have lost three straight and 10 of 12. Jeff Samardzija lasted five innings after getting off to a slow start, but is winless in his last 15 games dating to last season.
Milwaukee jumped on Samardzija for two runs in each of the first two innings, taking advantage of several miscues by the Cubs on a soggy, cold day at Wrigley Field.
Segura singled with one out in the first, moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Jonathan Lucroy’s base hit. Lucroy advanced when Lake mishandled his single to left and scored when Lyle Overbay reached on shortstop Starlin Castro’s throwing error.
Nationals 5, Mets 2
WASHINGTON — Tyler Moore had two hits and drove in a pair of runs, and Washington relievers threw four scoreless innings as the Nationals defeated the New York Mets.
Scott Hairston had an RBI double and a single for Washington, which has won nine straight against the Mets going back to last season.
Nationals starter Tanner Roark (3-1) pitched five innings, giving up two runs on four hits.
Ross Detwiler, Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano each pitched one inning. Soriano got his ninth save after walking two batters with two outs before Jayson Werth made a jumping catch against the right field wall on a drive by Daniel Murphy in the ninth.
Athletics 11, Indians 1
CLEVELAND — Josh Reddick homered twice, including a grand slam, and drove in a career-high six runs, and Josh Donaldson added a three-run shot in the Oakland Athletics’ win over the Cleveland Indians.
Reddick’s second career grand slam and Donaldson’s homer sparked an eight-run second inning. Reddick added a two-run homer in the seventh.
Sonny Gray (5-1) allowed one run and two hits with nine strikeouts in six innings for Oakland, which has won seven of eight.
Both homers in Oakland’s biggest inning of the season came off Zach McAllister (4-3), who struck out the side in the first, but retired only one batter in the second for the shortest outing of his career.
Reddick came into Friday in an 8-for-43 skid over his last 13 games.
Nick Swisher’s solo homer in the first put Cleveland ahead, but Oakland sent 11 men to the plate in the second, with the first five reaching base. Brandon Moss doubled past Swisher and took third on Yoenis Cespedes’ single. Lowrie’s single got the Athletics even and Derek Norris walked to load the bases. Reddick followed by hitting a 1-0 pitch into the seats in right.
Coco Crisp and John Jaso drew one-out walks before Donaldson drove a 3-2 pitch into the home run porch in left field. The ball landed hit off a souvenir stand and traveled an estimated 410 feet.
NEW YORK — The banged-up New York Yankees are getting an unexpected but much-needed rest.
New York’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates that was scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Friday was postponed six hours before game time due a forecast of inclement weather throughout the night.
The game will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader Sunday with the opener starting at 1:05 p.m. Only tickets for Sunday’s game will be honored.
It’s the first one-ticket doubleheader hosted by the Yankees since Sept. 29, 2004, against Minnesota, according to STATS.
Pittsburgh’s Edinson Volquez (1-3) was scheduled to face New York’s David Phelps (0-0) Friday night in the Pirates’ first game at the newest version of Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009. Phelps will now start Saturday and Hiroki Kuroda will be given an extra day of rest. He and Vidal Nuno will start in the doubleheader, the order still to be determined.
This is the third postponement for each team this season.