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
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
Joey Votto hit a tying solo homer off Antonio Bastardo in the
eighth, and Jay Bruce connected for a two-run shot for
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
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
”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
”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
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
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
”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