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Wood flirts with perfect game for Reds as Phillies win in 11

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PHILADELPHIA -- Travis Wood was three outs away from nine perfect innings.

Against Phillies ace Roy Halladay, that wasn't even enough for a win.

Wood took a perfect game into the ninth before giving up Carlos Ruiz's leadoff double, and Philadelphia stunned the Cincinnati Reds again by winning 1-0 Saturday night on Jimmy Rollins' RBI single in the 11th.

"That's why you come out and play 'em until it's over," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "You put everything into it."

Making his third big-league start, Wood dominated Philadelphia's injury-depleted lineup and matched zeros for nine innings with Halladay, who threw a perfect game of his own May 29 in Florida.

The 23-year-old left-hander was trying for the third perfecto in the majors this year -- not to mention the one Detroit right-hander Armando Galarraga was denied because of a missed call at first base by umpire Jim Joyce.

The only other time there have been two perfect games in one season was 1880.

Ruiz, just off the disabled list, opened the ninth with a line drive to deep left-center that landed cleanly in the alley. Wood stayed in, however, and worked out of the jam. Pinch-hitter Wilson Valdez fouled out trying to bunt, pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez flied out and Rollins fouled out, sending the scoreless game to extra innings.

That was it for Wood, who struck out eight and walked none while throwing 74 of 109 pitches for strikes. He was relieved by Nick Masset in the 10th.

"I tried not to think about it too much," Wood said. "I just tried to go after one hitter at a time and not think about it. I'd take the pitch back to Ruiz. Maybe make it a little better."

With one out in the 11th, Ruiz hit another double, this one off Bill Bray (0-1). Valdez was intentionally walked and pinch-hitter Ross Gload flied out before Rollins lined a single to right off Logan Ondrusek, easily scoring Ruiz.

"We battled. It just wasn't our night," Wood said. "We're putting together good ballgames, we're just coming up a little bit short."

It's the first time the Phillies have had three straight walk-off wins in extra innings. They scored six times in the ninth to tie the game Friday night and won on Ryan Howard's two-run homer in the 10th. Brian Schneider hit a game-ending homer in the 12th on Thursday night, also against the NL Central-leading Reds.

"The last two days have been tough to take," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Jose Contreras (4-3) earned the victory in this one by striking out two in a scoreless inning.

Beaten out for the fifth starter's job by Mike Leake in spring training, Wood returned to take the rotation spot previously held by Homer Bailey and Sam LeCure.

"I got sent down and I just went down there and got my stuff together," Wood said. "Just did what I had to do to get back up here."

Wood, who made his big-league debut July 1 against the Chicago Cubs, went to three balls only three times Saturday -- to Ben Francisco, Cody Ransom and Jayson Werth.

Before the ninth, the closest the Phillies came to a hit was in the fourth, when third baseman Miguel Cairo jumped to snag Shane Victorino's liner. Francisco lined a ball hard in the eighth, but right at left fielder Jonny Gomes.

"Their guys pitched equally well," Wood said.

Halladay struck out nine and walked one in his last outing before he heads to the All-Star game. His ERA dropped to 2.19.

He knew all about the pressure Wood experienced during his attempt at perfection.

"It's obviously a close game and you want to keep it that way and put as much pressure on them as you can," Halladay said. "It's probably a lot harder going in 0-0 then if you have a lead. We kept the pressure on."

Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez and Arizona's Edwin Jackson also have thrown no-hitters this season.

Tom Browning is the only Reds pitcher to pitch a perfect game, when he beat the Dodgers 1-0 on Sept. 16, 1988. Browning was also the last Reds pitcher to toss nine scoreless innings and get a no-decision.

Halladay denied the Reds any real chance to score, allowing five hits in nine innings. He let only one runner reach third base, but escaped that jam by striking out Ryan Hanigan and Wood.

"To have a well-pitched game against us and still come out with a win is huge," Halladay said.

Notes

  • C Dane Sardinha was designated for assignment before the game to make roster room for Ruiz.
  • Phillies 3B Placido Polanco will head to Clearwater, Fla., on Sunday and begin a minor-league rehab assignment.
  • Reds 3B Scott Rolen missed his second straight game with a stiff back.
 
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Joey Votto gives Travis Wood some solace after Wood's bid for a perfect game ends in the ninth.  (AP)
Joey Votto gives Travis Wood some solace after Wood's bid for a perfect game ends in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Halladay
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 9
Cincinnati

T. Wood
IP 9.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 0
K 8
 
Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Phillips, 2B5000013 .298
Orlando Cabrera, SS5020010 .245
Joey Votto, 1B4010111 .314
Jonny Gomes, LF5000013 .280
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
Jay Bruce, RF4010022 .270
Miguel Cairo, 3B3020010 .308
Drew Stubbs, CF2000101 .235
Ryan Hanigan, C4000023 .333
Travis Wood, P3000031 .250
   a- Laynce Nix, PH0000100 .234
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
    Chris Heisey, LF0000000 .290
Totals35060312  
a-was walked intentionally for Wood in the 10th
Batting
2B - Jay Bruce (20, Lidge), Miguel Cairo (6, Halladay)
SH - Miguel Cairo (2), Drew Stubbs (2)
SB - Drew Stubbs (17, 2nd base off Lidge/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 7
Cincinnati Reds
Travis Wood 9100080 2.18
Nick Masset 0.1100000 5.50
Bill Bray (L,0-1) 1.1111110 4.50
Logan Ondrusek0100000 4.50
IBB - Valdez by Bill Bray
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 109-74, Nick Masset 9-6, Bill Bray 24-11, Logan Ondrusek 2-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 5-14, Nick Masset 1-0, Bill Bray 1-2
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 28, Nick Masset 2, Bill Bray 6, Logan Ondrusek 1
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5011011 .246
Shane Victorino, CF4000000 .253
Jayson Werth, RF4010020 .282
Ryan Howard, 1B4000011 .295
Ben Francisco, LF4000001 .245
Cody Ransom, 3B4000020 .273
Carlos Ruiz, C4120000 .280
Juan Castro, 2B2000010 .202
   a- Wilson Valdez, PH-2B1000101 .255
Roy Halladay, P2000020 .098
   b- Raul Ibanez, PH1000001 .247
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
    Jose Contreras, P0000000 .000
   c- Ross Gload, PH1000002 .243
Totals3614119  
a-popped out-bunting for Castro in the 9th
b-flied out for Halladay in the 9th
c-flied out for Contreras in the 11th
Batting
2B - Carlos Ruiz 2 (10, Wood, Bray)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (17)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins (10)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Castro-Howard, Ransom-Castro-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Roy Halladay 9500190 2.19
Brad Lidge 1100210 4.80
Jose Contreras (W,4-3) 1000020 2.83
IBB - Nix by Brad Lidge
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 117-84, Brad Lidge 26-11, Jose Contreras 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 11-5, Brad Lidge 1-1, Jose Contreras 1-0
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 31, Brad Lidge 6, Jose Contreras 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45347
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Laz Diaz