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Cueto's strong return not enough against Phillies

By: Seth Graham

Johnny Cueto made his return to the mound in a 5-4 loss to the Phillies on Tuesday night after sitting out his past two starts. He last pitched against Kansas City on May 19 where he threw seven innings and gave up three runs in the loss. He was later scratched due to elbow soreness.

Reds manager Bryan Price said that he was happy with Cueto's outing in a post-game interview on Fox Sports Ohio.

Cueto would go 6 innings, give up five hits and striking out four. He would only give up one earned run off of a Chase Utley home run in the sixth inning.

Ryan Mattheus would replace Cueto in the seventh inning.

The Reds would lose in walk-off fashion as Darin Ruf would drive in the game winning run with a single to right field in the ninth. Tony Cingrani (0-2) got the loss in a game that the Reds seemingly had wrapped up.

Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto would get the game going in the first. Phillips singled, then Votto doubled him in to give the reds the 1-0 lead.

The pair would give the Reds the lead again in the third but this time Phillips doubled and Votto sent him home with a single of his own to give the Reds a 2-1 lead. The Reds would tack on a couple more runs in the fourth to go up 4-2 off of a Zack Cozart RBI double and a sacrifice bunt by Billy Hamilton.

Jumbo Diaz would come in the bottom of the eighth inning and with two outs Ryan Howard doubled to right field as the ball sneaked just under Jay Bruce's glove. The next batter, Maikel Franco, would tie the game for the Phillies 4-4 with a two run home run.

Jay Bruce said that he lost ball in the lights and that it was reminiscent of a play in 2010 NLDS game against the Phillies in which he lost the ball in the lights in the Fox Sports Ohio post-game interview.

Votto would hit 2 for 5 with 2 RBI, Cozart would get two hits of his own going 2 for 4 and a RBI.

Marlon Byrd would leave the game in the sixth inning with a fractured wrist after he got hit with a pitch.

“To what degree the injury is yet to be known,” Price said in a post-game interview on Fox Sports Ohio. “I would guess it's a DL, but don't know for sure.”

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