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CINCINNATI -- The Cleveland Indians gave up on Brandon Phillips at the start of the 2006 season. He's been getting back at them ever since.

The Gold Glove second baseman helped the Cincinnati Reds get through their illness with another strong game against his former team, hitting a two-run homer and driving in three runs in a 5-3 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night.

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The three-hit game raised his career average against the Indians to .347, an indication that it's not just another team to him.

"To tell you the truth, man, I don't know why," Phillips said. "I just go out there and try to get the job done."

Everyone knows there's a little more to it than that.

"You've got to use every edge you can," manager Dusty Baker said. "I told him we're playing the Indians. He just kind of smiled."

Phillips had the starring role in an offense bothered by a stomach ailment that spread through the team the last two days - the second baseman had only a few symptoms. He played a secondary role in a mild drama with Indians starter Derek Lowe (7-5).

Phillips singled home a run off Lowe in the first inning, and Ryan Ludwick and Jay Bruce added sacrifice flies for a 3-1 lead. When Lowe came to bat in the fifth inning, the first pitch from Mat Latos (5-2) was an inside fastball that made him angry.

Lowe motioned to the Reds dugout, believing the pitch came on orders from Baker. Lowe thought the pitch was the result of what he described as a private falling out the two of them had four years ago. He wouldn't give any details.

"Three years, I've always come up with men on base," Lowe said. "This is the first time I came up with no one on base. Dusty, I was pointing at him because I knew why it happened, and he shook his finger like he had nothing to do with it."

Lowe fouled out.

When Phillips came up in the bottom of the inning, Lowe hit him on the left arm with his first pitch. Plate umpire Paul Nauert warned both benches, and there were no additional incidents.

Phillips' two-run shot in the seventh inning made it 58 straight games with at least one homer at Great American Ball Park since July 29, the longest active streak in the majors.

Latos pitched seven innings in place of Mike Leake, one of several Reds hit hard by a stomach virus. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his seventh save in nine chances, giving up a solo homer by Jose Lopez with two outs.

The left-hander didn't give up an earned run in his first 24 appearances, but has done so in his last three outings.

Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 20 games, matching the longest in the majors this season. It's the longest by an Indians player since Casey Blake hit in 26 straight games in 2007.

Otherwise, there wasn't much offensively for Cleveland, which dropped the opener of the intrastate series 7-1 on Tuesday night even though the Reds were depleted by illness. They were closer to full strength on Wednesday, with several players eating chicken noodle soup for energy.

Rookie shortstop Zack Cozart missed a second straight game because of the illness.

The Indians loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth inning, but managed only one run. Johnny Damon took a called third strike, Casey Kotchman grounded into a run-scoring forceout and Chisenhall grounded out.

Carlos Santana doubled -- only the Indians' second extra-base hit of the series -- and eventually scored on Damon's groundout in the sixth, cutting it to 3-2. Phillips hit his seventh homer off Nick Hagadone in the seventh.

Notes

The Indians lead the interleague series 39-38. ... Leake expects to start the final game of the series on Thursday afternoon, when he will be trying to win his third straight decision. The Indians will start Josh Tomlin, who is 4-0 in five career interleague starts with a 2.38 ERA. ... RHP Esmil Rogers joined the Indians, a day after Cleveland got him from Colorado for cash. He pitched a hitless eighth inning. ... The Indians optioned INF Matt LaPorta to Triple-A Columbus to open a roster spot. ... Lowe singled in his first at-bat for his first hit of the season. Indians starters have a hit in each game of the series -- Jeanmar Gomez singled for his first career hit on Tuesday. ... Bruce leads the NL with seven sacrifice flies. ... Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer threw a ceremonial pitch. ... Hits king Pete Rose was in the stands.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

B. Phillips
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Cincinnati

M. Latos
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 1
K 7
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, RF5010021 .270
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4010013 .290
Jason Kipnis, 2B4110001 .283
Carlos Santana, C3110110 .227
Michael Brantley, CF4010001 .285
Johnny Damon, LF4001024 .178
Casey Kotchman, 1B3001020 .212
    Nick Hagadone, P0000000 .000
    Esmil Rogers, P0000000 .000
   a- Shelley Duncan, PH1000000 .207
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B4010012 .220
Derek Lowe, P2010000 .500
   b- Jose Lopez, PH-1B2111001 .265
Totals3638319  
a-flied out for Rogers in the 9th
b-flied out for Lowe in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carlos Santana (9, Latos)
HR - Jose Lopez (3, Chapman)
RBI - Johnny Damon (10), Casey Kotchman (21), Jose Lopez (19)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Lopez (6)
Team LOB - 7
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Lowe (L,7-5) 6533640 3.78
Nick Hagadone 1222021 3.48
Esmil Rogers 1000020 7.76
IBB - Hanigan by Derek Lowe
HBP - B. Phillips (by Derek Lowe)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 95-55, Nick Hagadone 20-13, Esmil Rogers 11-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 6-7
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 29, Nick Hagadone 5, Esmil Rogers 3
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Heisey, CF4110120 .270
Wilson Valdez, SS3100113 .214
Joey Votto, 1B3120100 .362
Brandon Phillips, 2B3233000 .284
Jay Bruce, RF2001101 .257
Todd Frazier, 3B4000012 .267
Ryan Ludwick, LF3001020 .201
Ryan Hanigan, C2010200 .290
Mat Latos, P3000014 .050
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
   a- Kris Negron, PH1000010 .000
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
Totals2857568  
a-struck out for Marshall in the 8th
Batting
2B - Joey Votto (27, Lowe)
HR - Brandon Phillips (7, Hagadone)
SF - Jay Bruce (7), Ryan Ludwick (1)
RBI - Brandon Phillips 3 (34), Jay Bruce (39), Ryan Ludwick (27)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Phillips (17)
CS - Joey Votto (3, 2nd base by Lowe/Santana)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Todd Frazier (3, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mat Latos (W,5-2) 7722170 4.64
Sean Marshall (H,7) 1000010 3.47
Aroldis Chapman (S,7) 1111011 1.13
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 99-69, Sean Marshall 14-12, Aroldis Chapman 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 8-6, Sean Marshall 3-0
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 29, Sean Marshall 4, Aroldis Chapman 4
Game Information
Attendance - 27428
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Kerwin Danley