Reds 5, Phillies 4
Zack Cozart went up swinging when Jonathan Papelbon figured he’d
Cozart hit a tiebreaking homer on Papelbon’s first pitch in the
ninth and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Phillies 5-4 Tuesday night
to snap a seven-game losing streak against Philadelphia.
”I was looking to swing at the first pitch,” Cozart said.
”Usually when you face guys like that, they’ll try to get ahead of
That was Papelbon’s thought process.
”I was just thinking too much about him being a leadoff hitter
and trying to take one (strike) and look to manufacture a run off
me,” Papelbon said. ”I can’t overanalyze and I just have to
execute my pitches.”
Kevin Frandsen hit a tying RBI triple off Jonathan Broxton in
the eighth, but the NL Central-leading Reds went ahead to stay on
Cozart’s shot off Papelbon (3-5).
Cliff Lee took a shutout into the seventh before allowing three
runs to remain winless at home this season.
”Lee was outstanding,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. ”His
record doesn’t indicate how good he is.”
The Reds took a 4-3 lead when Todd Frazier connected off Antonio
Bastardo with two outs in the eighth for his 18th homer. The
Phillies answered against Broxton (2-1). Domonic Brown hit a
two-out single, and Frandsen tripled down the right-field line.
Reds starter Homer Bailey gave up three runs and seven hits in 6
1-3 innings. Aroldis Chapman got three outs for his 30th save in 34
tries. He struck out Chase Utley swinging at 102 mph fastball with
the tying run at third to end it.
The five-time defending NL East champion Phillies had won 12 of
13 against the Reds. The Phillies failed to move within seven games
of .500 for the first time since they were 36-43.
A sellout crowd of 45,091 fans each received a Hunter Pence
bobblehead. Pence was traded to the San Francisco Giants on July
31, but the Phillies stuck with the promotion because the figurines
were already made.
After Lee pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam to preserve
a 1-0 lead in the sixth, the Reds rallied in the seventh.
Scott Rolen led off with a double. After Frazier walked, Ryan
Hanigan singled up the middle to drive in Rolen. Both runners
advanced on an error when first baseman Ryan Howard dropped the
ball trying to cut off the throw home.
Lee then struck out Bailey, but Cozart hit a sacrifice fly to
put the Reds up 2-1. Drew Stubbs followed with an RBI single,
ending Lee’s night.
A frustrated Lee jogged off to a standing ovation, but slammed
his glove down in the dugout.
Lee allowed two earned runs and nine hits, struck out nine and
”It’s definitely been a strange year,” said Lee, who is 2-7.
”All I can do is continue to focus on my routine, prepare for each
start and expect to win each time I take the mound.”
The offense got Lee off the hook in the bottom half.
Frandsen hit a one-out single and Erik Kratz followed with a
double to chase Bailey. Sean Marshall entered and walked
pinch-hitter Ty Wigginton.
Jimmy Rollins then lined a two-run double to tie it at 3. Juan
Pierre got down a bunt, but Wigginton was thrown out at the plate
despite crashing into catcher Ryan Hanigan.
Outstanding defense helped Lee in the sixth after three straight
singles loaded the bases. Third baseman Frandsen made a diving grab
on Ryan Ludwick’s grounder in the hole, spun around and threw home
from his knee to get a forceout.
The crowd showed their appreciation for Frandsen with a standing
Hot-hitting Jay Bruce then bounced into a double play, started
by second baseman Utley. Rollins made an excellent turn with
Ludwick coming in hard. That drew an enthusiastic fist pump from
the stoic Utley, who hardly ever shows any emotion on the
NOTES: The Phillies are 20-11 against the NL Central, the only
division they have a winning record against. … Lee walked his
first batter in four starts in the seventh inning. … The Reds are
25-11 without 1B Joey Votto. … Bruce was 0 for 4, snapping his
nine-game hitting streak. … Philadelphia’s Vance Worley (6-8,
4.11 ERA) faces Bronson Arroyo (9-7, 3.96 ERA) in a matchup of
right-handers Wednesday night.
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