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Several hours after the two young Phillies everyone wants to talk about hit home runs of their own, another young Phillie who's recently been the odd man out won the game.

Nick Williams, pinch-hitting with two outs in the bottom of the eighth against Reds reliever Kevin Quackenbush, hit a 417-foot solo homer to the bullpen area in right-center field.

For Williams, whose playing time has been anything but regular, it was one giant sigh of relief. It was his first extra-base hit of the season.

Hoskins and Kingery
Hours earlier, Rhys Hoskins put the Phillies on the board with a two-run shot to left in the first inning. Here are five truly mind-blowing Hoskins stats (see photo gallery).

Not to be outdone, Scott Kingery hit his very first major-league home run to lead off the second inning against Reds lefty Cody Reed. It was a line shot into the left-field flower beds. 

The biggest reaction in the dugout to Kingery's homer came from the man he replaced in Monday's lineup: J.P. Crawford (see story).

Some other notes on the Phillies' 6-5 win, which brought them to 4-5 on the season:

Uneven night for Lively
Ben Lively struggled in his first start against his former team, allowing five runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings. Not known for his swing-and-miss ability, Lively managed to strike out seven Reds. (This is not a good lineup, especially at the bottom of the order.)

 

Even though he took a no-decision, Lively did well to avoid mayhem in the first inning. After loading the bases with nobody out, he allowed just one run, ending the inning on a lineout and a pair of swinging strikeouts.

100 pitches
It took nine games but Lively became the first Phillie this season to throw 100 pitches. (He threw exactly 100.)

Nine games may seem like a lot, but this is not unique to the Phils. There are still 10 teams that haven't yet had a pitcher get to 100.

Under-the-radar Phillie killer
Adam Duvall was hitting .107 entering this game but just always seems to play well against the Phillies.

Duvall drew a bases-loaded walk to plate the Reds' first run, and he extended the game with a two-out single in the ninth inning off Hector Neris before Tucker Barnhart struck out looking to end the game.

Entering Monday, Duvall had hit .386 with six doubles, five homers, 13 RBIs and a 1.181 OPS in 62 career plate appearances vs. the Phils.

Up next
Aaron Nola (0-0, 2.61) is on the mound Tuesday night at 7:05 against Homer Bailey (0-2, 4.22).

Bailey signed a six-year, $105 million contract in February 2014. The contract has been a colossal mistake for the mid-market Reds, who don't have a high payroll and can't afford to have so much money tied up in an underperformer.