Phillies end Reds’ 6-game win streak
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Letting Cliff Lee get away unscathed early on cost the Cincinnati Reds late in the game.
Domonic Brown drove in the tiebreaking run on an infield grounder in the eighth and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped the Reds’ six-game winning streak with a 5-3 victory on Friday night.
Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer and Lee threw seven sharp innings for the Phillies, who’ve won four of five.
Joey Votto hit a tying solo homer off Antonio Bastardo in the eighth, and Jay Bruce connected for a two-run shot for Cincinnati.
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.
“He wasn’t sharp early,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Lee. “It’s very important to get to him early. We had chances.”
Lee settled in after allowing three hits and walking two in the first two innings.
Reds rookie starter Tony Cingrani allowed three runs and five hits in five innings. He remained unbeaten in six starts once Votto got him off the hook.
“I made a couple mistakes,” he said. “I just didn’t get inside enough. The mistakes cost me.”
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 and Howard scored on a headfirst dive on Carlos Ruiz’s sacrifice fly for a 5-3 lead.
“It was just a series of bad events,” Baker said. “The walk, then an infield hit by Howard. How many infield hits does he have? Then the tough play at second.”
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.
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.
NOTES: 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.