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Phillips' four-hit day lifts Reds over Giants in comeback fashion

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CINCINNATI -- The last-minute Reds made it look so easy again.

Brandon Phillips' fourth hit, a two-run triple off a nearly perfect reliever Guillermo Mota in the eighth inning, rallied Cincinnati to yet another late win on Thursday, 7-6 over the San Francisco Giants.

"I don't know if you expect it, but I know everybody believes, from the players to the administrative assistants to the grounds crew," manager Dusty Baker said. "Don't turn off the TV if we've still got bats in our hands."

The Reds lead the majors with 12 wins in their final at-bat. They've got 21 comeback wins -- out of 35 victories overall -- which also is the best around.

"You can't give up on us," said rookie starter Mike Leake, who got the benefit of this turnaround. "We're a pretty good team."

Especially when things look really dire.

Mota (0-2) had allowed only three runs all season. He opened the eighth by giving up a single and a double, then went to a full count before Phillips hit an opposite-field triple, trying it at 6. Joey Votto then singled up the middle -- Mota misjudged the bouncing ball -- for the winning hit.

"I should have gotten that ball," Mota said. "If I get that ball, we're still playing now -- it's a tied game."

Left-hander Arthur Rhodes (2-1) retired five batters, his longest appearance in two years, for the win. Francisco Cordero retired the side in the ninth, getting his 17th save in 21 tries.

The Reds opened a 1½-game lead over idle St. Louis in the NL Central, the latest in a season that Cincinnati has been in first place since June 17, 2002, their final year at Cinergy Field. They finished 78-84 that year under manager Bob Boone.

Cincinnati has a streak of nine straight losing seasons, its longest in more than a half-century.

The Reds' latest comeback settled a wild game of wasted chances and pitching surprises. San Francisco grounded into three double plays with the bases loaded, and had another runner caught in a rundown between third and home after a botched squeeze play.

"You can't have tougher luck than we had today," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "They got balls to go through. We hit balls a lot harder and got double plays."

The Giants also lost starter Todd Wellemeyer, who hasn't won on the road since May 27, 2009, with St. Louis. The Giants handed him his best chance yet -- a 4-0 lead in the top of the third inning -- but he hurt himself trying to add to it.

Wellemeyer grounded into a bases-loaded double play in the third, straining to try to beat the relay to first base. He hurt his right thigh and pulled up after crossing the base, then left the game. He could barely lift his leg afterward, an indication he's likely headed for the disabled list.

"I felt good, too," said Wellemeyer, a Louisville, Ky., native who had 44 friends and relatives in the ballpark. "It's just going to be another hurdle to get over."

Summoned on a moment's notice, Denny Bautista had a tough time getting going, giving up four runs in the bottom of the third. Cincinnati used a pair of walks and two infield hits while batting around.

Even then, Leake was in line for his first big league loss until the majors' last-minute team went at it again.

Leake's 12th big-league start was his roughest. The right-hander with the nasty curve gave up a career-high 11 hits and five runs in only 4 1/3 innings. It was the shortest appearance by Leake, whose five wins are tied for most wins by an NL rookie.

"I made more mistakes than I wanted to," said Leake, who went right to the majors from Arizona State. "It reminded me of UCLA. I gave up 11 runs to UCLA once, and they didn't hit the ball hard a lot, either."

Aaron Rowand and Aubrey Huff homered off Leake, but the Giants couldn't take advantage of those three straight bases-loaded chances to put the game away.

Notes

  • The Giants begin a six-game homestand against Oakland and Baltimore on Friday. Cincinnati hosts Kansas City, which swept a three-game interleague series from the Reds last season.
  • The Reds gave SS Orlando Cabrera a day out of the starting lineup. Phillips took his spot in the order, batting leadoff for the first time since 2007.
 
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Brandon Phillips plays a key role as the Reds pick up their 21st come-from-behind victory. (AP)
Brandon Phillips plays a key role as the Reds pick up their 21st come-from-behind victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

B. Phillips
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
San Francisco

A. Huff
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
Andres Torres, RF-LF3010210 .296
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5011013 .329
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5120011 .283
Aubrey Huff, LF3122200 .300
    Nate Schierholtz, RF0000000 .280
Juan Uribe, SS2110301 .279
Buster Posey, 1B5120014 .444
Bengie Molina, C4021002 .255
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Downs, PH1000001 .240
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
Aaron Rowand, CF3211101 .227
Todd Wellemeyer, P2000001 .100
    Denny Bautista, P00000001.000
   b- Pat Burrell, PH1001000 .222
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Eli Whiteside, C2010000 .288
Totals36613684  
a-popped out for Casilla in the 8th
b-grounded out for D. Bautista in the 5th
Batting
2B - Aubrey Huff (14, Leake), Juan Uribe (9, Leake)
HR - Aubrey Huff (8, Leake), Aaron Rowand (6, Leake)
SH - Andres Torres (4)
RBI - Freddy Sanchez (10), Aubrey Huff 2 (28), Bengie Molina (14), Aaron Rowand (23), Pat Burrell (15)
2-OUT RBI - Aubrey Huff (9)
CS - Eli Whiteside (1, Home by Rhodes/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Aaron Rowand 1
DP - Rowand-Posey
San Francisco Giants
Todd Wellemeyer 2100110 5.52
Denny Bautista 2544210 3.52
Sergio Romo 1100010 2.81
Santiago Casilla (H,3) 2200130 1.17
Guillermo Mota (BS,2; L,0-2) 1433000 2.42
WP - Denny Bautista (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Wellemeyer 35-22, Denny Bautista 55-33, Sergio Romo 19-12, Santiago Casilla 31-20, Guillermo Mota 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Wellemeyer 2-3, Denny Bautista 2-3, Sergio Romo 1-1
Batters Faced - Todd Wellemeyer 8, Denny Bautista 13, Sergio Romo 4, Santiago Casilla 9, Guillermo Mota 6
Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Phillips, 2B5242000 .301
Paul Janish, SS3110113 .286
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
   a- Laynce Nix, PH1000001 .250
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Joey Votto, 1B3112202 .309
Scott Rolen, 3B4001005 .298
Jonny Gomes, LF4021010 .304
Jay Bruce, RF4021011 .270
Drew Stubbs, CF3000034 .242
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Orlando Cabrera, SS1000000 .268
Ramon Hernandez, C4110003 .289
Mike Leake, P1100100 .400
    Enerio Del Rosario, P0000000 .000
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
    Chris Heisey, CF2120000 .273
Totals35713746  
a-lined out for Rhodes in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jonny Gomes (12, Romo), Chris Heisey (2, Mota)
3B - Brandon Phillips (1, Mota)
SF - Scott Rolen (5)
RBI - Brandon Phillips 2 (22), Joey Votto 2 (38), Scott Rolen (43), Jonny Gomes (41), Jay Bruce (27)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-Janish-Votto, Janish-B. Phillips-Votto, B. Phillips-Janish-Votto
E - Scott Rolen (5, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
Mike Leake 4.11155422 2.68
Enerio Del Rosario 0.2000100 1.23
Danny Herrera 0.1000210 3.86
Nick Masset 1211000 7.27
Arthur Rhodes (W,2-1) 1.2000110 0.33
Francisco Cordero (S,17) 1000000 3.90
HBP - Rowand (by Nick Masset)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 91-59, Enerio Del Rosario 10-5, Danny Herrera 14-6, Nick Masset 14-10, Arthur Rhodes 19-11, Francisco Cordero 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 7-2, Enerio Del Rosario 2-0, Nick Masset 2-1
Batters Faced - Mike Leake 26, Enerio Del Rosario 3, Danny Herrera 3, Nick Masset 6, Arthur Rhodes 5, Francisco Cordero 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19241
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Gary Darling