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(Friday, May 17th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Cincinnati 3
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Domonic Brown recorded the go-ahead RBI in the eighth inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies topped the Cincinnati Reds, 5-3, in the opener of a three-game series.
Jimmy Rollins belted a two-run homer for the Phillies, who won for the fourth time in five games. They also snapped Cincinnati's six-game winning streak.
Cliff Lee gave up six hits, two runs and fanned seven over the first seven innings for the Phillies. Antonio Bastardo surrendered the tying homer to Joey Votto leading off the eighth before the home team rallied.
Jay Bruce smacked a two-run homer for the Reds. Tony Cingrani, making his sixth career start, gave up five hits and three runs in five innings.
Sean Marshall (0-1) walked Michael Young with one out in the eighth. Ryan Howard beat the infield shift with a check-swing base hit toward third. Marshall was unable to get the ball out of his glove.
"That's how you beat the shift right there," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "It came at the right time in the game."
Jonathan Broxton then hit Delmon Young with a pitch and Brown followed with a bouncer up the middle. Shortstop Zack Cozart flipped the ball to Brandon Phillips, who failed to make a barehanded grab and the go-ahead run scored.
Howard was then ruled safe on a head-first slide at the plate on a Carlos Ruiz sacrifice fly to center field for an insurance run. Ryan Hanigan blocked the plate with his leg on a perfect throw from Shin-Soo Choo , but Howard was ruled safe to the dismay of Reds manager Dusty Baker.
"That was a series of bad events," Baker said.
Jonathan Papelbon walked pinch-hitter Xavier Paul leading off the ninth, but retired the three ensuing batters to notch his eighth save of the year in relief of Justin De Fratus (2-0).
The Reds wasted a bases-loaded chance in the second and the Phillies went ahead in the third. With Lee on first, Rollins took Cingrani's 3-1 pitch over the wall in left field. That broke a string of 16 straight solo homers by the Phillies.
"When you get him on the ropes you have to get him, especially early," Baker said of Lee. "He settles in and starts getting his pitches over. He wasn't sharp early. We had first and second in the first inning, the bases loaded in the second inning. That would have been enough."
Young tripled to center to drive in Lee in the fifth, but Phillips doubled leading off the next inning and crossed the plate on Bruce's towering blast to the first row of seats in right-center.
"The first couple of innings I was a little erratic," Lee said. "It wasn't really there. I had to find it. It just takes throwing pitches and going through and executing pitches, kind of honing it in. I was lucky to get away with how I was pitching the first two innings."
Votto homered to right-center to start the eighth.
Prior to the game, the Phillies optioned pitcher Raul Valdes to Lehigh Valley, and recalled pitcher B.J. Rosenberg from the same Triple-A club ... Rollins scored his 1,200th career run on his homer ... Phillips' double was his 220th as a Red, tying Hall of Famer Joe Morgan for first place among all club second basemen ... The Reds swept three games from the Phillies in Cincinnati in April ... The Phillies have won 16 of their last 21 home games against the Reds ... Papelbon currently owns the longest active scoreless streak in the National League at 16 2/3 innings. He has not allowed a run since April 3 at Atlanta.
05/17 23:19:11 ET
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