PHILADELPHIA -- Reds right-hander Tim Adleman picked a nice time to have the best start of his career.
Adleman allowed just one hit in eight scoreless innings Friday night in a 5-2 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. He walked two, struck out four and got 16 ground-ball outs. Adleman, who pitched a career-high seven innings Sept. 26 in St. Louis, allowed his only hit in the first inning, when second baseman Andres Blanco singled to center field. Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler supported him with solo homers, and Jose Peraza knocked in two with a single in the sixth. Joey Votto drove in a run in the first with a groundout.
"That was the goal early on, to get some strikes early in the count and kind of use a little bit of their aggression against them and try to get some quick outs," Adleman said. "Fortunately, I was able to do that and obviously save the bullpen."
It was the first time since May 13, when Lisalverto Bonilla tossed eight frames in San Francisco, that a Reds starter pitched more than six innings in a game. The Reds have won four of their past six games to improve to 23-24.
The Phillies, who have lost 21 of their past 26 games, had not had fewer than four hits in a game until this week. Then they had three hits Sunday in Pittsburgh, three hits in both Monday and Wednesday's games against the Rockies and just three hits against the Reds. They have scored just nine runs in the past six games. They scored both runs Friday in the ninth inning off the Reds' bullpen. After Odubel Herrera doubled and Blanco walked, Aaron Altherr drove in Herrera with another two-bagger and Michael Saunders plated Blanco with a groundout.
Phillies manager Pete Mackanin called a team meeting after the game to discuss the loss.
"I mean we're trying to stay positive, as positive as we can throughout this stretch," Altherr said. "You know, it's tough sometimes, when things are going the way they are. We're just going to keep being positive, keep trying to bring as much energy as we can to win some games."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Duvall brings bat and glove: Duvall ripped a home run to left field against Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola in the first inning to give the Reds a 2-0 lead. Duvall then made a five-star catch to end the third, when Herrera laced a line drive to left. Duvall covered 33 feet in 2.8 seconds to make the catch, which had a catch probability of just 24 percent, according to Statcast™.
"I just got a good pitch to hit, and I hit it.," Duvall said. "I made a good read on that ball [in left field]. It was a low liner and I stuck with it and was able to get my glove under it."
Nola goes high, Schebler goes deep: Nola had not allowed a ball in play on a pitch in the upper third of the strike zone or higher this season, according to Statcast™. Then he threw a 2-1 fastball to Schebler in the second inning, and he crushed the 93 mph fastball to center field for a solo home run to hand the Reds a 3-0 lead. The ball left Schebler's bat at 105 mph and travelled a projected 419 feet. It was his 14th homer of the season.
"I missed over the plate on several pitches," said Nola, who allowed six hits and five runs in five innings. "The 0-1 pitch was too good a pitch to Duvall, and I left a ball up to Schebler. I left some changeups over the plate in crucial situations with men on base."
"It wasn't just because of the linescore, it was really command-based. He was really good both sides of the plate. He had a nice sinking fastball. He could straighten it out when he needed to. He had a very, very good changeup. I don't think he threw a breaking ball over there until the eighth inning." -- Reds manager Bryan Price, on Adleman
"We had a meeting in Spring Training about expecting to win. If you lose the night before, come the next day expecting to win. I just think we're not all on the same page." -- Saunders
WHAT'S NEXT Reds:Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 6.75 ERA) will start for the Reds when the series continues at 4:10 p.m. ET Saturday on MLB.TV. Arroyo has lost his past two starts and has given up nine homers over his past four outings.
Phillies: Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff (0-5, 4.70 ERA) faces the Reds in the second game of the three-game series Saturday afternoon on MLB.TV. He had a 3.56 ERA in five starts in April, but he has a 6.33 ERA in four starts this month.