Phillies 12, Reds 5
With offense like this, Roy Halladay doesn’t have to be his old
John Mayberry Jr. hit a two-run homer and Ryan Howard and Erik
Kratz had solo shots to back Halladay, helping the Philadelphia
Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 12-5 on Monday night.
Halladay (7-7) wasn’t sharp, allowing five runs and 10 hits in
seven innings. But the offense bailed out the two-time Cy Young
”It’s always kind of ironic when you think you’re not catching
breaks, we put up a bunch of runs,” Halladay said. ”That was one
of our best offensive games of the year from the standpoint it
seemed everybody was involved and it wasn’t one or two guys.”
Domonic Brown hit a go-ahead two-run double off Mike Leake (5-8)
in a four-run fifth. Mayberry had three hits and three RBIs, Chase
Utley, Howard and Kratz each drove in two and Juan Pierre had three
hits and three runs.
The Phillies have won seven straight over the Reds and 12 of 13,
dating to 2010. This was their first meeting this season.
”Our hitting was good, did some things right,” Phillies
manager Charlie Manuel said. ”Just about everybody hit.”
The NL-Central leading Reds lost for just the third time in 11
The five-time defending NL East champions have won three
straight, but are eight games under .500.
After the Reds took a 5-4 lead in the fifth, the Phillies
answered in the bottom half.
Pierre singled and scored on Utley’s RBI double. After Howard
was intentionally walked, Mayberry ripped an RBI single to tie it.
Brown followed with a shot down the line that scored two to chase
Leake and give Philadelphia a 7-5 lead.
Leake allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings.
”The goal is to keep the lead, but they hit me well,” Leake
Utley hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth and Mayberry connected
off Jose Arredondo to extend the lead to 10-5.
”I saw the ball pretty well and always helps to get good
pitches to hit,” Mayberry said. ”Just getting in there and
getting your timing together is always going to help you.”
The Reds loaded the bases in the first on three straight singles
to start the game. Jay Bruce then ripped a line-drive double off
the right-field wall that should’ve scored two. But Chris Heisey
stopped after rounding third and was tagged out at the plate.
Scott Rolen’s RBI groundout made it 2-0.
Pierre hit a double, stole third and scored on Howard’s two-out
single to cut it to 2-1 in the bottom half.
Howard drove one way out to right to tie it at 2 in the third.
Kratz went deep to left-center to make it 3-2 in the fourth.
Kratz has seven homers in 61 at-bats. The 32-year-old local boy
has turned into a fan favorite in his first extended action in the
big leagues after 11 seasons in the minors. Filling in for All-Star
catcher Carlos Ruiz, Kratz is hitting .295 with more extra-bases
(13) than singles (5).
”Kratz is doing a tremendous job,” Manuel said.
Cincinnati scored three runs with two outs in the fifth on
Heisey’s RBI double, Bruce’s RBI single and a botched rundown that
allowed Phillips to score after Bruce was picked off first.
NOTES: Rolen played his 2,000th career game at third base. As
usual, he was booed by Phillies fans who still haven’t forgiven him
for demanding a trade in 2002. … Bruce was 3 for 3 to extend his
hitting streak to nine games. He’s 16 for 35 in those games. …
Jimmy Rollins snapped an 0-for-20 slump with a sixth-inning double.
… Philadelphia’s Antonio Bastardo had two strikeouts in the
eighth in his first appearance since Aug. 8. … LHP Cliff Lee
(2-7, 3.83) seeks his first home win this season Tuesday night
against Reds RHP Homer Bailey (10-8, 4.16).
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