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Phillips' 450-foot grand slam lifts Reds over Brewers

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MILWAUKEE -- There's a sign in the visitor's clubhouse at Miller Park warning players they can get in trouble trying to sneak a ride on Bernie Brewer's slide way out in left field.

Brandon Phillips got a rush just by hitting it.

Phillips smacked a 450-foot grand slam that landed in the giant yellow slide before popping out and Travis Wood earned his first win in the majors for the Cincinnati Reds, 10-2 over Milwaukee on Wednesday.

"It felt like I hit a tennis ball or a golf ball," Phillips said. "I think I hit every seam, every word of 'Major League Baseball' on there and the logo. I hit every part of that ball. It felt good, I tell you that. It was about time."

With the win, Cincinnati kept the pressure on St. Louis for first place in the NL Central after the teams entered play Wednesday in a virtual tie at the top.

The Reds scored 10 unanswered runs, capped by Phillips' shot and Joey Votto's solo homer in the eighth, for their 30th come-from-behind victory of the season.

Wood (1-1), who took a perfect game into the ninth inning on July 10, won in his sixth career start and the Reds piled on the runs, scoring five in the sixth off starter Chris Narveson and reliever Kameron Loe and five more off Carlos Villanueva in the eighth.

Cincinnati finished the trip 4-2 and is 26-24 away from Great American Ball Park.

"There's less things you have to worry about when you're on the road," Phillips said. "When we're on the road, we're all about baseball, and that's what we love."

Jordan Smith, Arthur Rhodes, Nick Masset and Francisco Cordero combined for four scoreless innings of relief, allowing three hits.

Trailing 2-0, the first six batters reached to start the sixth for the Reds, who sent 11 men to the plate. Votto's RBI single chased Narveson (8-7) and Jonny Gomes tied the game when he drove in the 300th run of his career with a double off Loe.

Miguel Cairo followed with a two-run double and Ryan Hanigan's squeeze bunt made it 5-2. The long inning ended Wood's day. He scattered five hits and a walk with six strikeouts over five innings. Wood said it felt good to finally win, but he also is expecting some grief for his third-inning decision. He walked off the mound after only recording two outs and had to be summoned back to finish the frame.

"He was strutting pretty good out there," Reds manager Dusty Baker joked.

Wood isn't sure how he lost track of the outs.

"Normally, I walk off that side of the mound after a strikeout," Wood said. "I just kept going. It happens. It shouldn't, but it did."

In the eighth, Villanueva loaded the bases on two singles and a walk to bring up Phillips, who sent the ball into the bright yellow slide in left field that starts in the upper deck and spirals down to the club level for his fourth career slam. The ball ricocheted into the bleacher's below, but shots that deep are rare - Sammy Sosa homered off the slide in the 2002 Home Run Derby.

Votto followed two batters later with another shot to left field that made it 10-2. The slugging first baseman is 14 of 26 with three homers, nine runs and six RBIs in his last six games.

Cincinnati scored 22 runs off 32 hits in the final two games of this series after managing six hits in a 3-2 loss in the opener on Monday night.

"They used their power," Brewers manager Ken Macha said.

Milwaukee had been playing better baseball of late, but the Brewers trail the Reds by nine games in the division with the non-waiver trade deadline looming Saturday.

Wood struck out five consecutive batters at one point, but trailed 2-0 on Ryan Braun's RBI double and run-scoring single by Jonathan Lucroy. It could've been more, but right fielder Jay Bruce saved two runs with a diving grab on a soft flare by Carlos Gomez to end the fourth.

"Our defense wins games. A lot of people think that offense is the key to things, but if you have pitching and defense you can win a lot of games," Phillips said. "We have everything. The only team that can beat us is ourselves."

Notes:

  • Reds 3B Scott Rolen had the day off.
  • Brewers 1B Prince Fielder was ejected after being called out on strikes to end the eighth and slamming his helmet. Backup catcher George Kottaras played the ninth.
  • Brewers 3B Casey McGehee took a hard shot to his lower right leg when Orlando Cabrera slid into him cleats first trying to steal third in the fourth.
  • Both teams have a day off Thursday.
 
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Brandon Phillips hits his fourth career grand slam to help the Reds beat Brewers. (Getty Images)
Brandon Phillips hits his fourth career grand slam to help the Reds beat Brewers. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

B. Phillips
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Cincinnati

T. Wood
IP 5.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 1
K 6
 

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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Phillips, 2B4224000 .289
Orlando Cabrera, SS3110103 .260
   a- Paul Janish, PH-SS1000010 .270
Joey Votto, 1B5232010 .322
Jonny Gomes, LF5111012 .273
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Miguel Cairo, 3B4122111 .304
Jay Bruce, RF5020002 .263
Chris Heisey, CF-LF5110024 .277
Ryan Hanigan, C4111000 .309
Travis Wood, P2000001 .143
   b- Laynce Nix, PH0000100 .267
    Jordan Smith, P0000000 .000
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
   c- Mike Leake, PH0100100 .366
    Drew Stubbs, CF0000000 .235
Totals3810131046  
a-struck out for Cabrera in the 8th
b-was walked intentionally for Wood in the 6th
c-walked for Rhodes in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jonny Gomes (18, Loe), Miguel Cairo (8, Loe)
HR - Brandon Phillips (14, Villanueva), Joey Votto (26, Villanueva)
SH - Ryan Hanigan (1)
RBI - Brandon Phillips 4 (39), Joey Votto 2 (70), Jonny Gomes (65), Miguel Cairo 2 (19), Ryan Hanigan (22)
SB - Brandon Phillips (12, 2nd base off Narveson/Lucroy), Miguel Cairo (3, 2nd base off Narveson/Lucroy)
CS - Orlando Cabrera (3, 3rd base by Narveson/Lucroy), Jay Bruce (3, 2nd base by Narveson/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jonny Gomes 1
DP - Wood-B. Phillips-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Wood (W,1-1) 5522160 2.87
Jordan Smith (H,1) 1.1200000 2.70
Arthur Rhodes (H,19) 0.2000010 1.56
Nick Masset 1100010 4.47
Francisco Cordero 1000020 3.74
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 82-60, Jordan Smith 21-16, Arthur Rhodes 5-4, Nick Masset 17-10, Francisco Cordero 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 3-5, Jordan Smith 2-1, Nick Masset 1-1
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 20, Jordan Smith 5, Arthur Rhodes 2, Nick Masset 4, Francisco Cordero 3
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B4010001 .276
Alcides Escobar, SS4120002 .251
Ryan Braun, LF4111002 .276
Prince Fielder, 1B3000111 .259
    David Riske, P0000000 .000
Casey McGehee, 3B4010022 .273
Jonathan Lucroy, C4011011 .290
Carlos Gomez, CF4010022 .234
Joe Inglett, RF3000030 .258
Chris Narveson, P2010010 .310
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Zach Braddock, P0000000 .000
   a- Craig Counsell, PH1000000 .233
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .000
    George Kottaras, 1B0000000 .205
Totals33282110  
a-flied out for Braddock in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Braun (26, Wood), Casey McGehee (23, Smith), Carlos Gomez (9, Smith)
RBI - Ryan Braun (64), Jonathan Lucroy (10)
2-OUT RBI - Jonathan Lucroy (5)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Casey McGehee (12, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Narveson (L,8-7) 5633120 5.90
Kameron Loe (BS,1) 0.2322110 1.97
Todd Coffey 1000100 4.50
Zach Braddock 0.1000000 3.48
Carlos Villanueva 1455122 4.96
David Riske 1000010 3.71
IBB - Nix by Kameron Loe
HBP - B. Phillips (by Kameron Loe)
WP - Zach Braddock (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Narveson 78-54, Kameron Loe 27-15, Todd Coffey 21-13, Zach Braddock 2-2, Carlos Villanueva 33-21, David Riske 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Narveson 4-8, Kameron Loe 1-0, Todd Coffey 2-1
Batters Faced - Chris Narveson 21, Kameron Loe 7, Todd Coffey 4, Zach Braddock 1, Carlos Villanueva 8, David Riske 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38365
Game Time - 3:38
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Bill Welke