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CINCINNATI -- Jay Bruce provided a perfect send-off.
Bruce hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning off Roy Halladay, who has been anything but flawless since his perfect game, and the Cincinnati Reds rallied for yet another victory in their final at-bat Wednesday, 4-3 over the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Reds lead the majors with 25 comeback wins, including 14 in their final at-bat -- tied for most in the majors.
"When you win a game like this, it's a surprise but not a shock anymore because we've been doing it from Day 1," Bruce said. "I think this is one of our best wins today."
This one felt especially good under the circumstances. The Reds won't play at home again until July 16, playing 11 in a row on the road before the All-Star break. It's their longest stretch away from home since 2001.
"You want to leave on a high note," manager Dusty Baker said. "This was a very well-played game in all respects."
Joey Votto also homered off Halladay (9-7), who fell to 2-4 since his perfect game on May 29. He lost his touch while trying to hold a 3-2 lead in the eighth.
Jonny Gomes opened the inning with a single off a hanging curve. Bruce then connected on a fastball that wandered to the middle of the plate instead of staying on the outside corner.
"I beat myself with two bad pitches in the eighth," Halladay said. "I really didn't think they were hitting the ball all that hard until then."
It was a lousy series for the Phillies, who lost two key players to injuries and two of the three games. Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel also was ejected from a game for arguing balls and strikes.
The defending NL champs put second baseman Chase Utley and third baseman Placido Polanco on the disabled list Tuesday. Utley has a sprained right thumb, Polanco a chronically sore left elbow. Both were back in Philadelphia getting more tests.
The Phillies' fill-ins have kept them in games. Brian Schneider and Wilson Valdez hit three-run homers during a 9-6, 10-inning win on Tuesday night, when Philadelphia ended Rhodes' record-tying streak at 33 scoreless appearances.
Halladay gave up a season-high 13 hits and struck out 10 in eight innings, throwing 119 pitches. Manuel didn't hesitate to send him back out for another inning after he escaped a threat in the seventh.
"In the eighth, that's his game," Manuel said. "He was fine."
Sardinha connected with two outs in the fourth and Halladay on deck, hitting the first pitch several rows deep into the seats in left field. Sardinha, a .137 career hitter, hit his first career homer last week in an interleague game against Cleveland -- Ohio's other major league team.
Sardinha has three hits since his June 19 promotion, two of them homers. He was a second-round draft pick by the Reds in 2000 and appeared in two career games for Cincinnati, going 0 for 5. Hitting a homer against the Reds had extra significance.
"A little bit," Sardinha said. "Any hit I get means a lot to me at this stage of my career."
|Jay Bruce takes Roy Halladay deep in the eighth, giving the Reds their 14th win in their final at-bat. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Shane Victorino, CF||5||0||2||0||0||0||1||.252|
|Greg Dobbs, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.153|
|Juan Castro, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.209|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.270|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.295|
|Jayson Werth, RF||4||1||1||0||0||2||3||.292|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.240|
|Wilson Valdez, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Dane Sardinha, C||3||1||1||3||0||0||2||.200|
|a- Ross Gload, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Roy Halladay, P||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.109|
|b- Ben Francisco, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.253|
|a-singled for Sardinha in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Halladay in the 9th|
|HR - Dane Sardinha (2, Harang)|
|RBI - Dane Sardinha 3 (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dane Sardinha 3 (5)|
|SB - Ross Gload (1, 2nd base off Cordero/Hernandez)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Roy Halladay (L,9-7)||8||13||4||4||0||10||2||2.42|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 119-89|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 6-8|
|Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 37|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||5||0||2||0||0||1||1||.313|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.246|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||2||3||.313|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.300|
|Jonny Gomes, LF||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.282|
|Francisco Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jay Bruce, RF||4||1||2||2||0||1||1||.281|
|Drew Stubbs, CF||4||0||1||0||0||3||3||.234|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||4||1||3||0||0||0||2||.292|
|Aaron Harang, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.152|
|Logan Ondrusek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Laynce Nix, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.230|
|Arthur Rhodes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Chris Heisey, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.264|
|a-flied out for Ondrusek in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Rhodes in the 8th|
|2B - Brandon Phillips (22, Halladay), Jonny Gomes (16, Halladay)|
|HR - Joey Votto (18, Halladay), Jay Bruce (10, Halladay)|
|RBI - Orlando Cabrera (30), Joey Votto (55), Jay Bruce 2 (36)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Arthur Rhodes (W,3-2)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.09|
|Francisco Cordero (S,21)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||4.14|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 113-72, Logan Ondrusek 7-5, Arthur Rhodes 14-10, Francisco Cordero 14-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 4-10, Francisco Cordero 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 28, Logan Ondrusek 2, Arthur Rhodes 3, Francisco Cordero 4|
|Attendance - 27245|
|Game Time - 2:23|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor|