CINCINNATI -- -Two players who almost cost the Cincinnati Reds a game ended up winning it for them.
Scott Hatteberg hit a two-out, solo homer that tied it in the ninth, and Brandon Phillips singled with the bases loaded in the 10th inning Friday night, sending the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Both of them had an error on the same play in the fifth inning, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead that held until the two Cincinnati infielders got another chance.
"It seemed like we were asleep most of the game," Hatteberg said. "It was good for us to get that miracle. The object of the game is to drive in more than you let in. I let one in, so I owed us one."
One out away from finishing a combined one-hitter, Tom Gordon (0-1) gave up Hatteberg's homer on a 3-1 breaking ball that got too much of the plate, the closer's second blown save.
"It's definitely a hard game to swallow," said Gordon, who has a 5.68 ERA. "To get to that point where it's right there -- it's a tough one."
An inning after he lost the lead, Gordon lost the game, too. He walked Javier Valentin with one out in the 10th, Ryan Freel followed with a single, and Adam Dunn walked. Phillips then singled to left field to finish it.
"Honestly, in my mind and heart, when the game is on the line, I want to be the guy up at the plate," Phillips said. "Everybody wants to be that hero. I want to be that hero, too."
Jon Coutlangus (1-0) got the victory with one hitless inning.
It was an especially painful setback for the Phillies, who have the NL's worst record (4-11) and are 0-4 in extra innings this season, a product of their rickety bullpen.
"We're a little snake-bit right now," said Jon Lieber, who left the bullpen and returned to the Phillies' rotation in style Friday.
Until Gordon got to the mound, the Phillies were in control.
Lieber allowed only one hit - Alex Gonzalez's double -- and one walk in 5 2/3 innings. He had his usual uncanny control during his first start since he replaced Brett Myers in the rotation.
The right-hander's style -- work fast, keep the ball down, don't walk anyone -- has stumped the Reds for years. The right-hander has won six of his last seven decisions against the Reds, including a 2-0 victory at Great American Ball Park last May 13.
"It's not about me pitching," Lieber said. "It's a tough loss."
Gordon couldn't get the out that would have made this one feel much better. Afterward, manager Charlie Manuel said there was no thought to replacing Gordon, who has given up two homers, 10 hits, four walks and a hit batter in 6 1-3 innings.
"Right now, Gordon's our closer," Manuel said. "He's been our closer, we signed him as a closer. That's something we haven't even discussed. We've got to get him sharp."
The Phillies were missing NL MVP Ryan Howard for a second consecutive game. Howard sprained a ligament below his left knee while running out a grounder on Wednesday night. He's expected back in the lineup during the weekend series.
Ken Griffey Jr. was out of the Reds' lineup for a second consecutive game as well. Griffey has been sick since the middle of the week.
The Reds gave away Freel "dirty" jerseys in honor of the utility player -- the shirts had fake dirt on the chest. Freel's actual jersey stayed clean as he went 1-for-5, getting a single during the winning rally.
Two Reds errors -- one by Hatteberg, the other by Phillips -- nearly did them in.
Carlos Ruiz singled to open the fifth, and Lieber hit a grounder that deflected off Hatteberg at first base for an error. Phillips, playing second base, retrieved the ball in shallow right field and made a wild throw toward the infield, allowing Ruiz to score.
Lieber retired the first five Reds on only 13 pitches. He threw 77 in all. ... Reds C Chad Moeller cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Louisville. He was designated for assignment on Wednesday, after the Reds decided to keep two catchers instead of three. ... INF Jeff Keppinger, who broke the right finger on his right hand during spring training, was sent to Class A Sarasota to start a rehabilitation assignment. ... LHP Mike Stanton made his 1,119th career appearance, matching John Franco for second on the career list. Jesse Orosco made a record 1,252 appearances.