Cincinnati Reds' Nick Castellanos, right, celebrates with Aristides Aquino, left, after hitting a grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Cincinnati, Monday, June 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Cincinnati Reds' Nick Castellanos, right, celebrates with Aristides Aquino, left, after hitting a grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Cincinnati, Monday, June 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


Cincinnati Reds' Jonathan India, front right, scores a run as he beats a tag by Philadelphia Phillies' Andrew Knapp, left, during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, Monday, June 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto hits a solo home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Cincinnati, Monday, June 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


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By The Associated Press

San Diego Padres (47-33, third in the NL West) vs. Cincinnati Reds (39-38, third in the NL Central)

Cincinnati; Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Padres: Blake Snell (3-3, 5.29 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 90 strikeouts) Reds: Tony Santillan (1-1, 3.29 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 16 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Reds +140, Padres -161; over/under is 9 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Cincinnati and San Diego will square off on Tuesday.

The Reds are 19-18 in home games in 2020. Cincinnati ranks seventh in the majors in hitting with a .248 batting average, Nick Castellanos leads the team with an average of .347.

The Padres have gone 17-18 away from home. San Diego’s team on-base percentage of .318 is fourth in the National League. Tommy Pham leads the lineup with an OBP of .378.

The Padres won the last meeting 3-2. Dinelson Lamet earned his second victory and Wil Myers went 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs for San Diego. Luis Castillo registered his 10th loss for Cincinnati.

TOP PERFORMERS: Castellanos leads the Reds with 43 extra base hits and is batting .347.

Fernando Tatis Jr. leads the Padres with 25 home runs and is slugging .697.

LAST 10 GAMES: Reds: 4-6, .251 batting average, 4.33 ERA

Padres: 9-1, .283 batting average, 3.60 ERA, outscored opponents by 16 runs

INJURIES: Reds: Lucas Sims: (elbow), Michael Lorenzen: (shoulder), Jeff Hoffman: (shoulder), Sonny Gray: (groin), Michael Feliz: (elbow), Brandon Bailey: (elbow), Tejay Antone: (forearm), Nick Senzel: (knee), Tyler Naquin: (wrist), Max Schrock: (calf), Mike Moustakas: (heel), Alex Blandino: (hand).

Padres: Trey Wingenter: (elbow), Taylor Williams: (knee), Matt Strahm: (knee), Drew Pomeranz: (lat), Adrian Morejon: (left forearm), Dinelson Lamet: (forearm), Keone Kela: (right forearm), Pierce Johnson: (triceps), Javy Guerra: (right elbow), Mike Clevinger: (elbow), Jose Castillo: (undisclosed), Michel Baez: (right elbow), Dan Altavilla: (elbow), Jorge Ona: (right elbow), Austin Nola: (knee).

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CINCINNATI (AP) — After crushing a grand slam in the seventh inning Monday night, Nick Castellanos thrust his fist in the air as the crowd at Great American Ball Park chanted “MVP! MVP!”

He is certainly making a case.

Castellanos had three hits and a career-high seven RBIs, helping the Cincinnati Reds rally for a 12-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Castellanos, who leads the majors with a .347 batting average, heard more “MVP” chants when he doubled home a run in the eighth.

“I’m not going to lie — (it’s) inspiring,” Castellanos said of the “MVP” cheers.

Cincinnati trailed 4-2 before Castellanos connected for his sixth career grand slam, driving a 1-1 fastball from Neftali Feliz (0-1) deep to center.

It was Feliz’s first big league appearance since 2017. He came on after Bailey Falter pitched four innings of one-run ball in relief of Spencer Howard.

“We liked Neftali against that group of guys, and it didn’t work out,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said.

The Reds added six more in the eighth, blowing it open against the Phillies’ sputtering bullpen. Eugenio Suárez and Tyler Stephenson scored on a throwing error by reliever Enyel De Los Santos. Castellanos drove in Jonathan India with a two-out double, and Joey Votto added a solo drive.

Alec Bohm and Ronald Torreyes each drove in two runs for the Phillies, who have lost two straight and six of eight.

Heath Hembree (2-3) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.

“So many good things happened,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Big night from Nick, of course. Also, every position player who played tonight reached base. We had a bunch of singles to keep things going, and then some big hits.”

BIG BATS

Castellanos, Tyler Naquin and Jesse Winker have collected six-plus RBIs in a game this season, making the Reds the first big league team to have three different outfielders with a six-RBI game before the All-Star break, according to STATS.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW

Cincinnati’s seventh-inning rally was sparked by Alejo Lopez, who was called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Louisville to make his major league debut. He pinch-hit with one out and singled on the first pitch.

“To get it all started was very cool,” he said.

Lopez also singled on the first pitch he saw at the Triple-A level after being promoted from Double-A on June 4.

TRAINERS ROOM

Phillies: RF Bryce Harper was back in the lineup after sitting out Sunday’s game with some tightness and swelling in his left calf. He left Saturday’s game in the sixth after he was hit by a pitch on that leg. … 2B Jean Segura (groin strain) and SS Didi Gregorius (right elbow) are close to be activated, according to Girardi.

Reds: Naquin was scratched because of a sore right wrist. Shogo Akiyama started in his place. … RHP Sonny Gray (groin) said he will start for the Reds on Friday after a rehab outing at Triple-A Louisville. … Bell said RHP Jeff Hoffman (shoulder) will make another rehab start at Louisville before rejoining the team.

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Cincinnati Reds’ Nick Castellanos, right, celebrates with Aristides Aquino, left, after hitting a grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Cincinnati, Monday, June 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/06/web1_126880726-a82fddd58b8c48ef8bdb453780aaa3ca.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Nick Castellanos, right, celebrates with Aristides Aquino, left, after hitting a grand slam during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Cincinnati, Monday, June 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Cincinnati Reds’ Jonathan India, front right, scores a run as he beats a tag by Philadelphia Phillies’ Andrew Knapp, left, during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, Monday, June 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/06/web1_126880726-9186b493d6b34be8b20d6f7d4ef0acbf.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Jonathan India, front right, scores a run as he beats a tag by Philadelphia Phillies’ Andrew Knapp, left, during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, Monday, June 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto hits a solo home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Cincinnati, Monday, June 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/06/web1_126880726-18cbfc7f5eee42cbac3adfd3624c8d07.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto hits a solo home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Cincinnati, Monday, June 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

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By The Associated Press

San Diego Padres (47-33, third in the NL West) vs. Cincinnati Reds (39-38, third in the NL Central)

Cincinnati; Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Padres: Blake Snell (3-3, 5.29 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 90 strikeouts) Reds: Tony Santillan (1-1, 3.29 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 16 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Reds +140, Padres -161; over/under is 9 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Cincinnati and San Diego will square off on Tuesday.

The Reds are 19-18 in home games in 2020. Cincinnati ranks seventh in the majors in hitting with a .248 batting average, Nick Castellanos leads the team with an average of .347.

The Padres have gone 17-18 away from home. San Diego’s team on-base percentage of .318 is fourth in the National League. Tommy Pham leads the lineup with an OBP of .378.

The Padres won the last meeting 3-2. Dinelson Lamet earned his second victory and Wil Myers went 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs for San Diego. Luis Castillo registered his 10th loss for Cincinnati.

TOP PERFORMERS: Castellanos leads the Reds with 43 extra base hits and is batting .347.

Fernando Tatis Jr. leads the Padres with 25 home runs and is slugging .697.

LAST 10 GAMES: Reds: 4-6, .251 batting average, 4.33 ERA

Padres: 9-1, .283 batting average, 3.60 ERA, outscored opponents by 16 runs

INJURIES: Reds: Lucas Sims: (elbow), Michael Lorenzen: (shoulder), Jeff Hoffman: (shoulder), Sonny Gray: (groin), Michael Feliz: (elbow), Brandon Bailey: (elbow), Tejay Antone: (forearm), Nick Senzel: (knee), Tyler Naquin: (wrist), Max Schrock: (calf), Mike Moustakas: (heel), Alex Blandino: (hand).

Padres: Trey Wingenter: (elbow), Taylor Williams: (knee), Matt Strahm: (knee), Drew Pomeranz: (lat), Adrian Morejon: (left forearm), Dinelson Lamet: (forearm), Keone Kela: (right forearm), Pierce Johnson: (triceps), Javy Guerra: (right elbow), Mike Clevinger: (elbow), Jose Castillo: (undisclosed), Michel Baez: (right elbow), Dan Altavilla: (elbow), Jorge Ona: (right elbow), Austin Nola: (knee).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.