Atlanta at Cincinnati

W: D. Weathers (4-3) L: T. Yates (1-2)
S: B. Bray (2)
HR: ATL - B. McCann (14), A. LaRoche (23), M. Giles (8)   CIN - A. Dunn (33), B. Phillips (9), B. Phillips (10)

Reds right ship, stay in control of NL wild-card race

CBS wire reports

CINCINNATI -- The Atlanta Braves were Brandon Phillips' favorite team when he was growing up in Georgia -- except when they played Barry Larkin and the Cincinnati Reds.

Now Phillips is the one leading the Reds.

The Cincinnati second baseman homered twice and drove in four runs to lead the Reds over the Braves 8-6 Saturday.

"If not for the Braves, I'd never have seen Barry Larkin," said Phillips, who was acquired in a trade with Cleveland in April. "I used to love watching them play, but when they played the Reds, I was with the Reds."

Ken Griffey Jr. also hit two run-scoring doubles for Cincinnati, which has won two in a row after losing five straight games.

Phillips' second homer of the game, a one-out solo shot in the eighth off Tyler Yates (1-2), put the Reds in front 7-6 and prompted what Phillips said was his first curtain call from cheering fans.

"That was nice," said Phillips, who went 3-for-3 with a double to boost his average to .300. "It shows the fans were into it."

Scott Hatteberg followed with a walk and Griffey doubled him in to give Cincinnati a two-run cushion.

Brian McCann hit his second homer in two games and went 4-for-4 with three RBI for the Braves, who have lost three straight. Marcus Giles added a two-run homer and Adam LaRoche a solo drive.

David Weathers (4-3) allowed one hit in the eighth to get the win. With closer Eddie Guardado unavailable with stiffness in his left forearm, rookie Bill Bray pitched the ninth for his second save in two opportunities since being traded from Washington on July 13.

"I didn't want to tell him before the game that, if we got to the ninth with the lead, he was getting the ball," manager Jerry Narron said. "We were told before the trade that this kid has a chance to be something special."

Bronson Arroyo, pitching on three days' rest for the second time in his career and first since he was a rookie in 2000, was unable to pick up his 10th win in his ninth try. He is 0-4 in nine starts since beating the Mets 4-2 at New York on June 19. The Reds' lone All-Star representative survived a 28-pitch first to last 5 2/3 innings, giving up five runs and eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

"I felt as good as I do on any normal day," said Arroyo, who was scheduled to pitch Sunday before volunteering to switch and make himself available to face NL Central-leading St. Louis next week. "I don't like day games, but tomorrow's a day game, too."

Jason Shiell pitched three-plus innings for Atlanta in the shortest of his three career starts, all this season. Shiell allowed five hits and a career-high six runs with three walks and two strikeouts. He was sent down to Triple-A Richmond after the game.

Giles and Edgar Renteria hit back-to-back one-out singles in the first inning. After Jones grounded to Arroyo, McCann hit the first pitch into the right-center field seats for his 14th homer of the season.

The Reds responded in the bottom half. Phillips led off with a double and advanced on Hatteberg's groundout to second. Griffey then hit an opposite-field RBI double to left. One out later, Adam Dunn tied it with his 32nd homer of the season.

Cincinnati grabbed the lead in the fourth. Juan Castro led off with a walk and Arroyo followed with a sacrifice bunt that Shiell fielded and, trying to get Castro at second, threw into center field for an error. Phillips followed with his ninth homer of the season and first in 37 at-bats since July 23 against Milwaukee.

"Phillips had a good day, for sure," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "He's had a good season."


  • Giles extended his hitting streak to nine games (18-for-37, .486). The streak is his third of the season of at least nine games. His longest is 13, from June 27 through July 14. Giles is now hitting .423 (11-for-26) against the Reds this season and .395 (51-for-129) with six home runs in his career.
  • Griffey moved past George Brett into 22nd place on the career RBI list with 1,597.
  • LaRoche's start was his first in three games since Wednesday because of a strained right hamstring.
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Brandon Phillips isn't pointing to someone he knows, he's just returning the adulation from the fans.  (AP)
Brandon Phillips isn't pointing to someone he knows, he's just returning the adulation from the fans. (AP)

Players of the Game

B. Phillips
AB 3
R 3
H 3
HR 2

B. McCann
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 1

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Marcus Giles, 2B5232011 .269
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Andruw Jones, CF4000100 .269
Brian McCann, C4143100 .342
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    Chad Paronto, P0000000 .000
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   b- Matt Diaz, PH-LF1010000 .313
a-fouled out for Paronto in the 6th
b-singled for Villarreal in the 8th
HR - Marcus Giles (8, Coffey), Brian McCann (14, Arroyo), Adam LaRoche (23, Arroyo)
SH - Willy Aybar (3)
RBI - Marcus Giles 2 (40), Brian McCann 3 (52), Adam LaRoche (62)
2-OUT RBI - Marcus Giles 2 (19), Brian McCann 3 (26)
Team LOB - 10
E - Jason Shiell (1, )
Atlanta Braves
Jason Shiell 3566322 8.62
Macay McBride 1000000 4.08
Chad Paronto 1000210 2.80
Oscar Villarreal 2000120 4.07
Tyler Yates (L,1-2) 1222201 3.38
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HBP - B. Phillips (by Jason Shiell), Denorfia (by Oscar Villarreal)
WP - Oscar Villarreal (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Shiell 73-42, Macay McBride 5-3, Chad Paronto 20-10, Oscar Villarreal 34-20, Tyler Yates 23-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Shiell 4-4, Macay McBride 3-0, Chad Paronto 2-0, Oscar Villarreal 3-1, Tyler Yates 2-1
Batters Faced - Jason Shiell 19, Macay McBride 3, Chad Paronto 5, Oscar Villarreal 8, Tyler Yates 7
Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Phillips, 2B3334100 .300
Scott Hatteberg, 1B4100112 .318
Ken Griffey Jr., CF4122100 .238
Rich Aurilia, 3B5000006 .277
Adam Dunn, LF4112110 .257
David Ross, C3000212 .297
Chris Denorfia, RF3000022 .244
Juan Castro, SS2110201 .254
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    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
Bronson Arroyo, P1100002 .130
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Rheal Cormier, P0000000 .000
    Royce Clayton, SS1000000 .263
2B - Brandon Phillips (19, Shiell), Ken Griffey Jr. 2 (15, Shiell, Yates)
HR - Brandon Phillips 2 (10, Shiell, Yates), Adam Dunn (33, Shiell)
SH - Bronson Arroyo 2 (8)
RBI - Brandon Phillips 4 (53), Ken Griffey Jr. 2 (61), Adam Dunn 2 (75)
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Team LOB - 10
DP - Castro-B. Phillips-Hatteberg
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Bronson Arroyo 5.2855232 3.47
Todd Coffey (BS,3) 0.1111001 3.52
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David Weathers (W,4-3) 1100010 4.33
Bill Bray (S,2) 1100010 3.38
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 5-9, Todd Coffey 1-0, David Weathers 2-0, Bill Bray 1-1
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 28, Todd Coffey 2, Rheal Cormier 5, David Weathers 4, Bill Bray 4
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Attendance - 33170
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Adam Dowdy, Third Base - Tim Tschida