Eickhoff fans 6, but bats silent in loss

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The two-run inning made a winner out of Finnegan, who endured a rocky top of the first following a 50-minute rain delay with a walk and two-out single. But he retired his final 19 batters in a row, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out nine over seven frames on 88 pitches.

Eickhoff finished with two earned runs on five hits, one walk and six strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Homer No. 1, and No. 222: When Votto lifted Eickhoff’s 1-0 hanging curveball into the right-center-field seats to snap the tie, it marked his first home run of the season. It also gave him 222 career homers, which tied him with Jason Bay for fourth all time among players born in Canada. The ball left the bat at 104 mph, with a hang time of 7.01 seconds, per Statcast™. There has been only one other long ball in the Statcast™ Era with a longer hang time, a Freddie Freeman blast that was 7.02 seconds (7/27/16).

Bullpen silences Phillies’ bats, too: The Phillies showed some life, when Aaron Altherr and Cameron Rupp reached base on back-to-back infield singles to start the eighth. But Michael Lorenzen struck out Freddy Galvis and pinch-hitter Michael Saunders swinging before getting Cesar Hernandez, who is hitless in eight at-bats since blasting a leadoff homer in the first inning on Opening Day, to ground out to second base.

UNDER REVIEW
In the ninth, Odubel Herrera attempted to steal second base with two outs and was called out by umpire Mark Ripperger in what appeared to be the end of the game. However, the Phillies immediately challenged — even as celebratory fireworks went off — and the call was overturned upon review. Reliever Raisel Iglesias was able to strike out Tommy Joseph two pitches later and get the save.

Herrera steals second

WHAT’S NEXT
Phillies: Right-hander Clay Buchholz makes his Phillies debut at 12:35 p.m. ET Thursday in the series finale against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Philadelphia acquired Buchholz in a December trade with the Red Sox. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said two Phillies are expected to make their first big league starts: catcher Andrew Knapp and first baseman Brock Stassi.

Reds: Right-hander Rookie Davis will make his Major League debut in the Thursday game. Davis, 24, posted a 4.02 ERA in five Cactus League games to earn a rotation spot. He was one of four players acquired from the Yankees in the December 2015 trade for Aroldis Chapman.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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