Phillies Star of the Game
Zack Cozart had three hits and drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, and Joey Votto followed with a bases-loaded single that sent the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in a Monday opener matching the majors' two worst teams from last season.
The Reds scored five times in the eighth against Philadelphia's work-in-progress bullpen. Jay Bruce completed the rally with a two-run single in front of 43,683 fans, the largest regular-season crowd in Great American Ball Park history.
Both teams plunged into a major rebuilding last season, when the Phillies had the worst record in the majors at 63-99 and the Reds were second-worst, only one game better. The Reds' late rally gave them a pleasant start to the new season.
David Hernandez (0-1) came on for the bottom of the eighth trying to hold a 2-1 lead, but failed to retire a batter, giving up Scott Schebler's pinch-hit double and a pair of walks. Cozart's fly ball to right tied it.
Ross Ohlendorf (1-0) got the win for fanning the only batter he faced.
Freddy Galvis hit a two-run homer, and Jeremy Hellickson allowed only three hits — all by Cozart — in six innings to keep the Phillies ahead until the eighth. Hellickson became only the ninth pitcher to fan Votto three times in a game.
Howard's error - he dropped Galvis' throw from shortstop in the first inning - let in Cincinnati's first run.
Raisel Iglesias was Cincinnati's most inexperienced opening-day starter in 36 years, moved up in the rotation when Anthony DeSclafani became one of four Reds starters to go on the disabled list. Iglesias allowed six hits in six innings and fanned seven.