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PHILADELPHIA -- Brandon Phillips already had a pair of homers when he came to the plate with the go-ahead run on second in the ninth inning. The cleanup hitter had no problem sacrificing.
After losing the previous two games by a combined score of 32-2, Phillips and the Cincinnati Reds were willing to do whatever it takes to win.
Phillips connected twice off J.A. Happ and drove in three runs to help the Reds rebound from the worst loss in franchise history.
"It really woke us up," Phillips said of Cincinnati's 22-1 loss Monday night. "We came in, said we have to wake up, do the little things and we can't let the same things happen."
One night after their biggest offensive outburst in 24 years, the Phillies squandered several opportunities. They stranded 12 runners and went 0 for 5 with a runner on third and less than two outs.
"The way we had guys standing on third base, if we knock them in, we could have five runs," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
Joey Votto doubled into the right-field corner leading off the ninth against Lidge (0-4). That brought up Phillips, who was 0 for 7 off Lidge.
"Before he went up, I said, 'Man, I know you hit two homers, but I need you to bunt him over,"' Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He said, 'No problem."'
It was Phillips' second sacrifice of the season.
"You have to learn how to do the fundamentals," Phillips said. "Little kids out there don't think bunting is important. If I didn't get it down, we'd still be playing."
After Phillips sacrificed, pinch-hitter Laynce Nix was intentionally walked. Hernandez followed with a soft liner to center to drive in Votto.
Phillips hit a two-run homer to right in the fourth and his solo shot to left with two outs in the sixth tied it at 3.
Happ allowed three runs and six hits, striking out a career-high seven in seven sharp innings. The rookie left-hander remained unbeaten in nine starts since replacing Chan Ho Park in the rotation.
Reds starter Aaron Harang gave up three runs and nine hits in six innings. He remained winless since May 25.
Howard snapped a homerless drought when he launched a drive off the brick batter's eye in straightaway center leading off Philadelphia's second. The All-Star first baseman hadn't gone deep in his last 49 at-bats.
Werth followed with an opposite-field shot to right-center to make it 2-0.
Rollins and Shane Victorino hit consecutive singles to start the Phillies' third. Chase Utley followed with an RBI double for a 3-0 lead. After Howard walked to load the bases, Harang struck out Werth, retired Greg Dobbs on an infield fly and Pedro Feliz grounded out.
"The biggest thing is I stayed relaxed and focused on executing the pitches," Harang said. "That was a big point in the game."
The Phillies missed another chance in the fourth. Carlos Ruiz led off with a triple to center, but Harang struck out Happ and got Rollins and Victorino on grounders.
|Brandon Phillips erases a three-run Phillies lead with homers in the fourth and sixth innings. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Willy Taveras, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.244|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.258|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.359|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||3||2||2||3||0||1||0||.270|
|Jonny Gomes, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.317|
|a- Laynce Nix, PH-LF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.251|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.250|
|Jay Bruce, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.212|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.141|
|Aaron Harang, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.152|
|Arthur Rhodes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Chris Dickerson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.277|
|David Weathers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Francisco Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-was walked intentionally for Gomes in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Rhodes in the 8th|
|2B - Joey Votto (14, Lidge)|
|HR - Brandon Phillips 2 (13, Happ, Happ)|
|SH - Brandon Phillips (2), Aaron Harang (3)|
|RBI - Brandon Phillips 3 (56), Ramon Hernandez (34)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brandon Phillips (21)|
|CS - Willy Taveras (4, 2nd base by Happ/Ruiz)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|E - Jerry Hairston Jr. (10, Throwing)|
|David Weathers (W,1-1)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||2.54|
|Francisco Cordero (S,21)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||1.75|
|IBB - Werth by Arthur Rhodes|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 114-73, Arthur Rhodes 22-12, David Weathers 11-6, Francisco Cordero 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 6-4, Arthur Rhodes 1-1, David Weathers 4-0, Francisco Cordero 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 28, Arthur Rhodes 5, David Weathers 5, Francisco Cordero 4|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||5||1||1||0||0||2||1||.224|
|Shane Victorino, CF||5||0||1||0||0||0||3||.306|
|Chase Utley, 2B||5||0||3||1||0||0||0||.310|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||3||1||1||1||2||1||1||.252|
|Jayson Werth, RF||3||1||1||1||2||1||4||.264|
|Greg Dobbs, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||3||.273|
|a- Eric Bruntlett, PH-LF^3B||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.141|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||5||.290|
|John Mayberry Jr., PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.205|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.236|
|J.A. Happ, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.059|
|Ryan Madson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Matt Stairs, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.276|
|Brad Lidge, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Dobbs in the 7th|
|b-walked for Madson in the 8th|
|2B - Chase Utley 2 (18, Harang, Rhodes)|
|3B - Carlos Ruiz (1, Harang)|
|HR - Ryan Howard (21, Harang), Jayson Werth (18, Harang)|
|SH - Carlos Ruiz (2)|
|RBI - Chase Utley (60), Ryan Howard (62), Jayson Werth (51)|
|SB - Jayson Werth (12, 2nd base off Rhodes/Hernandez)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|DP - Utley-Howard|
|Brad Lidge (L,0-4)||1||2||1||1||1||0||0||7.12|
|IBB - Nix by Brad Lidge|
|Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 104-70, Ryan Madson 9-7, Brad Lidge 24-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 6-7, Ryan Madson 1-0, Brad Lidge 2-0|
|Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 26, Ryan Madson 3, Brad Lidge 5|
|Attendance - 43623|
|Game Time - 2:52|
|Temperature - 85|
|Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Jerry Meals|