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Cincinnati (67-70)001000300481

Howard, Worley lead Phils to rare sweep in Cincy

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CINCINNATI -- The Philadelphia Phillies just reached a number they haven't seen in 35 years, and Ryan Howard wants more.

Howard hit his 30th homer, Vance Worley pitched into the seventh inning and the Phillies completed an historic four-game sweep in Cincinnati with a 6-4 win on Thursday.

"Everybody's playing well," Howard said. "Atlanta's playing well. Milwaukee's playing well. The way I see it, we need to keep our foot on the gas and not let up."

Michael Martinez added a two-run homer as the Phillies (87-46) moved 41 games over .500 for the first time since Aug. 26, 1976, when they improved to 83-42 with a win at Cincinnati. It was Philadelphia's first four-game sweep at Cincinnati since May 13-16, 1916.

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Manager Charlie Manuel is as greedy as Howard.

"Keep winning games," he said when asked his goal as the season moved into September. "I'd like to see us win a lot of games -- run off a good streak where we could play a lot of those [bench] guys. We can win some more. We definitely want to win the division and have the best record."

Philadelphia won seven of eight games against the Reds this season to improve to 30-12 against them over the last six seasons.

Howard hit a solo shot to left-center on a 3-1 pitch from Mike Leake in the sixth, giving Philadelphia a 4-1 lead and extending his streak of consecutive seasons with at least 30 homers and 100 RBI to six.

"It's cool," Howard said. "It's not easy. It's great to be able to do that."

Martinez went deep in the seventh, hitting a drive off Jared Burton into the fourth row of right-field seats.

"What really hurt us was that two-run home run by Martinez," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Worley (10-1) allowed four runs and eight hits, struck out seven and walked one. The first six of his Ks came on called third strikes, most of them on sinkers, he said.

The Phillies improved to 15-2 in Worley's 17 starts this season and have won each of his last 13, their longest streak since they won a club-record 15 consecutive Steve Carlton starts in 1972.

Worley was cruising before the Reds opened their seventh with three consecutive hits. Drew Stubbs doubled and Ryan Hanigan singled before pinch-hitter Chris Heisey hit an opposite-field drive to right to get Cincinnati within two.

Worley said he was a little off following Philadelphia's lengthy top of the seventh.

"I went up in the tunnel and threw," he said. "There's a little screen there. I thought I could go out and be fine, but I left some balls up in the zone."

Heisey was activated from the disabled list before the game. He had been out since Aug. 7 with a strained left oblique.

"We got close with a big home run by Heisey," Baker said. "I think it is the first opposite-field home run of his career. We missed Heisey big time."

Brad Lidge and Antonio Bastardo combined to finish the seventh, and Bastardo struck out the side in the eighth before Ryan Madson worked the ninth for his 26th save.

Philadelphia got to Leake (11-9) for three runs in the second inning. Brian Schneider, Worley and Shane Victorino each had an RBI single.

It could have been worse for the Reds but center fielder Stubbs cut down Schneider at the plate when he tried to score on Worley's bouncer up the middle.

The Reds snapped their streak of consecutive scoreless innings at 21 in the bottom half. Brandon Phillips doubled to left, advanced to third on Edgar Renteria's groundout to shortstop and scored on Joey Votto's sacrifice fly to center.

Leake (11-9) gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked one.

"I was falling behind," he said. "I wasn't attacking hitters like I did the rest of the game. The only ball hit hard was the one by Pence. Then I just tried to keep the ball down, out of the hitting zone."

Notes

  • The Reds promoted INFs Juan Francisco and Chris Valaika, RHPs Jared Burton and Carlos Fisher, LHPs Jeremy Horst and Matt Maloney and C Devin Mesoraco from Triple-A Louisville before the game. OF Fred Lewis cleared waivers and was outrighted to Louisville.
  • The Reds left after the game for their second consecutive 10-day, nine-game road trip, starting with three in St. Louis. NL ERA-leader Johnny Cueto, coming off a career-high 11-strikeout performance on Sunday, is Cincinnati's scheduled starter on Friday.
  • The Phillies headed to Florida for a three-game series with the Marlins. RHP Roy Oswalt, a 6-5 loser to Florida last Friday, is scheduled to start for Philadelphia.
 
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Ryan Howard hits his 30th homer for the Phillies, who complete their first four-game sweep in Cincy since 1916. (Getty Images)
Ryan Howard hits his 30th homer for the Phillies, who complete their first four-game sweep in Cincy since 1916. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

M. Martinez
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Cincinnati

C. Heisey
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shane Victorino, CF5021001 .307
Michael Martinez, 3B5112004 .212
Chase Utley, 2B5010001 .272
Ryan Howard, 1B4121010 .250
Hunter Pence, RF4110012 .312
Raul Ibanez, LF3100100 .240
Brian Schneider, C3011011 .176
   a- Carlos Ruiz, PH-C1000000 .277
Wilson Valdez, SS4220000 .247
Vance Worley, P2011000 .243
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
   b- Ross Gload, PH1010000 .244
    John Mayberry Jr., PR0000000 .264
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
Totals37612613  
a-flied out for Schneider in the 8th
b-singled for Bastardo in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hunter Pence (31, Leake)
HR - Michael Martinez (3, Burton), Ryan Howard (30, Leake)
SH - Vance Worley (2)
RBI - Shane Victorino (54), Michael Martinez 2 (23), Ryan Howard (104), Brian Schneider (9), Vance Worley (4)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (28), Michael Martinez 2 (7)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Howard-Valdez
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Vance Worley (W,10-1) 6844171 2.85
Brad Lidge (H,4) 0.1000110 1.74
Antonio Bastardo (H,15) 1.2000030 1.38
Ryan Madson (S,26) 1000010 2.96
Pitches-Strikes - Vance Worley 91-60, Brad Lidge 9-4, Antonio Bastardo 18-11, Ryan Madson 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vance Worley 6-5, Antonio Bastardo 1-0, Ryan Madson 2-0
Batters Faced - Vance Worley 27, Brad Lidge 2, Antonio Bastardo 4, Ryan Madson 3
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Phillips, 2B4120010 .298
Edgar Renteria, SS3010102 .238
Joey Votto, 1B3001013 .323
Jay Bruce, RF4010011 .261
Juan Francisco, 3B3000121 .182
Yonder Alonso, LF4010030 .375
Drew Stubbs, CF4110022 .251
Ryan Hanigan, C4110012 .270
Mike Leake, P2000012 .229
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Horst, P00000001.000
   a- Chris Heisey, PH1113000 .252
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
   b- Ramon Hernandez, PH1000000 .287
Totals33484212  
a-homered for Horst in the 7th
b-grounded out for Cordero in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brandon Phillips (30, Worley), Edgar Renteria (11, Worley), Drew Stubbs (20, Worley)
HR - Chris Heisey (13, Worley)
SF - Joey Votto (4)
RBI - Joey Votto (88), Chris Heisey 3 (41)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Drew Stubbs 1
DP - Votto
E - Joey Votto (6, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Leake (L,11-9) 6744131 4.12
Jared Burton 0.2322001 27.00
Jeremy Horst 0.1100000 2.89
Bill Bray 1000000 2.76
Francisco Cordero 1100000 2.30
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 97-61, Jared Burton 16-10, Jeremy Horst 9-6, Bill Bray 12-7, Francisco Cordero 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 6-8, Jared Burton 2-0, Jeremy Horst 1-0, Francisco Cordero 3-0
Batters Faced - Mike Leake 25, Jared Burton 5, Jeremy Horst 2, Bill Bray 3, Francisco Cordero 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21438
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Derryl Cousins