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CINCINNATI -- This Cleveland-versus-Cincinnati series will be remembered for an inside fastball and a wagging finger.
Don't overlook that sweep, though.
Brandon Phillips hit one of Cincinnati's three homers and drove in four more runs on Thursday afternoon, leading the ailing Reds to a 12-5 victory and their first three-game sweep of the Indians since 2008.
"What a series!" Ludwick said. "What a win!"
No surprise that Phillips played a starring role for the NL Central leaders. He went 8 for 13 with two homers and seven RBI against the team that gave up on him in 2006, raising his career average against Cleveland to .356.
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He also paid a price for a dust-up between Indians starter Derek Lowe and Reds manager Dusty Baker, getting hit in the arm by a pitch during a 5-3 win on Wednesday night. Phillips wasn't aware of why Lowe hit him.
"To be honest, I don't even know what he said," Phillips said. "We won. We're in first place, that's all I care about. We're too busy winning."
Mike Leake went 4 1/3 innings before having to leave the game, still feeling the effects of a nasty stomach virus that swept through the clubhouse at the start of the series. Jose Arredondo (4-1) pitched out of a threat in the fifth.
Votto hit a three-run homer in the first inning off Josh Tomlin (3-4), who had been 4-0 in five career interleague starts. Cleveland's Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 21 games, longest in the majors this season.
Other than that, there wasn't much good for the Indians during the visit to the Ohio River city.
"Not the way you wanted to finish a road trip," manager Manny Acta said. "You've got to give them credit. They beat us on both sides of the ball. Their starters pretty much held our offense down, and they out-hit us, too."
Phillips was upset at his treatment in Cleveland before he was traded to Cincinnati. He has mellowed over the years, but got a lot of enjoyment out of beating his former team.
"Deep down, it feels good to beat up on the Tribe," Phillips said. "But they're moving in the right direction. Manny Acta's a good coach -- I mean manager -- and the majority of the guys who are there are new. So, go Tribe."
There's plenty of intrigue for the rematch by Lake Erie next week.
Lowe holds a personal grudge against Baker for something that happened between them several years ago -- he won't say what exactly. When Mat Latos threw an inside fastball to Lowe during the second game of the series, he gestured toward Baker, who waved his finger back.
Lowe plunked Phillips on the arm in the bottom of the inning, drawing a warning from the umpires. There were no further on-field problems.
Lowe accused Baker of ordering the pitch because of their personal issues. A day later, Baker said it wasn't personal but a payback for Lowe hitting Votto in the back during a 2009 game. Their exchange provided an edge to the series, which resumes Monday in Cleveland with Lowe on the mound.
Because it'll be in an AL park, Lowe won't have to bat.
The Reds won the first two games of the series even though more than a half-dozen players were sick. Leake had to be pushed back a day to give him more time to recover. He left after giving up seven hits, including two solo homers by Shin-Soo Choo, in 4 1/3 innings.
An exhausted Leake sat on the bench and buried his face in a towel. Baker came over and put his hands on Leake's shoulders, showing his appreciation for the pitcher's effort.
|Brandon Phillips, getting praise from Dusty Baker, homers and drives in four a day after taking a Derek Lowe pitch on his arm. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Shin-Soo Choo, RF||5||2||2||2||0||3||4||.273|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||4||1||3||0||1||1||0||.299|
|Jason Kipnis, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.279|
|Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.214|
|Carlos Santana, 1B||3||1||1||1||2||0||0||.229|
|Michael Brantley, CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.285|
|Jeremy Accardo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Johnny Damon, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.176|
|Jose Lopez, 3B-2B||5||0||0||1||0||2||2||.252|
|Aaron Cunningham, LF-CF||4||0||0||1||0||1||0||.188|
|Lou Marson, C||4||0||3||0||0||1||0||.246|
|Josh Tomlin, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||.400|
|Scott Barnes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Esmil Rogers, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Shelley Duncan, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.205|
|a-grounded out for Accardo in the 9th|
|2B - Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (17, Leake, Hoover), Michael Brantley (17, Simon)|
|HR - Shin-Soo Choo 2 (5, Leake, Leake)|
|RBI - Shin-Soo Choo 2 (20), Carlos Santana (28), Jose Lopez (20), Aaron Cunningham (3)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - J. Lopez-Marson-Santana|
|E - Lonnie Chisenhall (2, Misplayed grounder), Lou Marson (1, Interference)|
|Josh Tomlin (L,3-4)||4||10||6||6||2||1||2||5.56|
|IBB - Votto by Josh Tomlin|
|WP - Esmil Rogers (6)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Tomlin 78-47, Scott Barnes 32-18, Esmil Rogers 28-17, Jeremy Accardo 40-26|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Tomlin 4-6, Scott Barnes 1-0, Esmil Rogers 2-2, Jeremy Accardo 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Josh Tomlin 23, Scott Barnes 9, Esmil Rogers 7, Jeremy Accardo 7|
|Chris Heisey, CF||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||.275|
|Homer Bailey, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Alfredo Simon, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|J.J. Hoover, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Wilson Valdez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.211|
|Sam LeCure, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Zack Cozart, SS||5||1||3||0||0||1||3||.255|
|Joey Votto, 1B||3||1||1||3||2||0||2||.362|
|Miguel Cairo, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.156|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||5||1||3||4||0||1||0||.292|
|Jay Bruce, RF||4||0||0||1||1||0||2||.252|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||5||1||2||0||0||1||3||.273|
|Ryan Ludwick, LF||5||1||3||2||0||0||3||.215|
|Devin Mesoraco, C||4||1||1||0||1||2||3||.202|
|Ryan Hanigan, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.290|
|Mike Leake, P||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.318|
|Jose Arredondo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Kris Negron, PH-CF||3||2||1||0||0||1||1||.250|
|a-struck out for Hoover in the 8th|
|b-singled for Arredondo in the 5th|
|2B - Todd Frazier (10, Tomlin), Ryan Ludwick (8, Accardo), Devin Mesoraco (3, Barnes)|
|HR - Joey Votto (12, Tomlin), Brandon Phillips (8, Tomlin), Ryan Ludwick (9, Barnes)|
|RBI - Joey Votto 3 (44), Brandon Phillips 4 (38), Jay Bruce (40), Ryan Ludwick 2 (29)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brandon Phillips 2 (19)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|E - Zack Cozart (6, Throwing)|
|Jose Arredondo (W,4-1)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.17|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 84-53, Jose Arredondo 5-5, Alfredo Simon 49-31, J.J. Hoover 21-12, Sam LeCure 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 6-1, Jose Arredondo 1-0, Alfredo Simon 3-0, Sam LeCure 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Mike Leake 22, Jose Arredondo 2, Alfredo Simon 11, J.J. Hoover 4, Sam LeCure 3|
|Attendance - 34193|
|Game Time - 3:16|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Paul Nauert|