Lorenzen’s pinch-hit home run lifts Reds past Phillies

Cincinnati Reds’ Michael Lorenzen hits a solo home run off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Adam Morgan in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Cincinnati Reds’ Michael Lorenzen hits a solo home run off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Adam Morgan in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Cincinnati pitcher Michael Lorenzen crushed a tiebreaking, pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday to send the Reds to a 7-4 victory against Philadelphia at Great American Ball Park.

The Reds won the rubber match of the series by scoring the final six runs after starting pitcher Rookie Davis lasted just three innings in his big-league debut.

Davis allowed four runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks and exited with the Cincinnati trailing 4-1.

But the Reds tied the game with three runs in the fourth on an RBI single by Zack Cozart, a sacrifice fly by Stuart Turner and pinch-hitter Scooter Gennett’s RBI groundout.

Lorenzen came to the plate with two outs and no one on in the bottom of the sixth and drilled a 3-1 pitch from Adam Morgan to straight-away center field to put the Reds in front.

Adam Duvall added a two-run homer in the seventh, and five Cincinnati relievers limited the Phillies to one hit over the final six innings.

Cody Reed picked up his first big-league win despite walking four in two innings, and Drew Storen worked the ninth to earn his first save as a Red.