Phillies 5, Reds 3

The Philadelphia Phillies turned to small ball after the long

ball hurt them.

Domonic Brown drove in the tiebreaking run on an infield

grounder in the eighth and the Phillies snapped the Cincinnati

Reds’ six-game winning streak with a 5-3 victory on Friday

night.

Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer and Cliff Lee threw seven

sharp innings for the Phillies, who’ve won four of five.

”We’re more fundamentally sound the last week or so,” Lee

said.

Joey Votto hit a tying solo homer off Antonio Bastardo in the

eighth, and Jay Bruce connected for a two-run shot for

Cincinnati.

Lee gave up two runs and six hits, striking out seven. Justin De

Fratus (2-0) got two batters out in the eighth and Jonathan

Papelbon finished for his eighth save in eight tries.

Reds rookie starter Tony Cingrani allowed three runs and five

hits in five innings.

”I made a couple mistakes,” Cingrani said. ”I just didn’t get

inside enough.”

After Cincinnati tied it in the eighth, the Phillies answered in

the bottom half against Sean Marshall (0-1). Michael Young worked

his third walk of the game with one out. Ryan Howard followed with

a check-swing infield single. Jonathan Broxton came in and hit

Delmon Young to load the bases.

Brown then hit a grounder up the middle that shortstop Zack

Cozart fielded on the second base side. Second baseman Brandon

Phillips tried to barehand Cozart’s flip and dropped it for an

error. Young crossed the plate with the go-ahead run as the

Phillies took the lead without hitting a ball out of the

infield.

”I know he throws 97, 98 mph,” Brown said. ”I was looking for

a pitch I can drive.”

His bouncer worked just as well.

Howard then scored on a headfirst dive on Carlos Ruiz’s

sacrifice fly for a 5-3 lead.

The Phillies slugged their way to five straight NL East titles

from 2007-11 and won the World Series in 2008. As their core

players get older, fans want to see the team manufacture more runs

instead of relying on homers.

”When you talk about playing small ball, you have to have the

talent,” manager Charlie Manuel said, adding he’s tired of hearing

questions about it.

The Reds closed to 3-2 when Bruce connected in the sixth after

Phillips led off with a double.

They tied it when Votto took Bastardo deep to right-center

leading off the eighth. Bastardo, who normally works the seventh,

was pitching in the setup role because Mike Adams is day to day

with a mid-back strain.

Bastardo left after Bruce hit a one-out single. De Fratus came

in and nearly gave up a go-ahead extra-base hit to Todd Frazier,

but right fielder Delmon Young made a leaping catch at the warning

track.

”I’m concerned about a lot of things,” Manuel said, refusing

to single out Bastardo. ”I’d like to see us play good, solid

baseball. We did some things sloppy that got overlooked

tonight.”

Rollins blasted a 3-1 pitch out to left to put the Phillies up

2-0 in the third inning. He is batting .375 (9 for 24) in his last

six games.

Lee, a good-hitting pitcher, helped himself with a leadoff

double in the bottom of the fifth. Lee knocks balls out of the park

routinely in batting practice, and just missed his third career

homer when his drive to right bounced high off the wall. He hustled

into second after trotting down the first-base line, and appeared

slightly annoyed the ball didn’t go out.

Lee advanced to third on a sacrifice by Rollins and scored on

Michael Young’s two-out triple to deep left-center for a 3-0

lead.

”I thought it was gone,” Lee said. ”But I still scored. Mike

got a big two-out hit.”

The Reds had chances in the first two innings, but couldn’t get

a key hit. Lee stranded five runners, striking out Cozart to leaves

the bases loaded in the second.

NOTES: An MRI revealed a strain in the middle of Adams’ back.

… The Phillies recalled RHP B.J. Rosenberg from Triple-A Lehigh

Valley and optioned LHP Raul Valdes down. … Rollins is tied with

Chase Utley for the team lead with 16 extra-base hits. … The Reds

are 8-3 on the road since losing eight in a row away from home in

April. … Frazier is hitless in his last 19 at-bats. …

Cincinnati swept a three-game series at home vs. the Phillies last

month. .. Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 3.76 ERA) takes the mound for the

Reds against Kyle Kendrick (4-1, 2.47 ERA) on Saturday

afternoon.