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.
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.