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Phillips, Reds down Rockies

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Brandon Phillips fell a single shy of the cycle and Greg Reynolds worked eight strong innings against his former team as the Cincinnati Reds notched a 8-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.

Phillips homered and drove in two to reach 99 RBI on the season, a new career high. Reynolds (1-2) also put forth a career-best performance while sticking it to the team that gave up on him after selecting him No. 2 overall in the 2006 Draft.

While enduring his longest major league outing, Reynolds limited the Rockies to seven hits and three runs -- two of which came on a Chris Dickerson blast in the eighth. He didn't walk a batter and also struck out five.

Ryan Ludwick and Shin-Soo Choo each had three hits for Cincinnati. Choo scored twice and knocked in a run, Ludwick plated two and so did Joey Votto, helping the Reds claim just their third win in eight games.

Juan Nicasio (8-7) was torched for six runs on seven hits in just 4 1/3 innings. The Rockies can still claim a series win with a victory in Sunday's rubber match.

08/31 23:15:42 ET