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Bruce, Reds edge Phillies to end three-game skid

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CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds used a well-rounded effort to end their losing streak on Saturday.

Jay Bruce homered and drove in three runs and the Reds snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over the Phillies.

Todd Frazier also homered and the Reds played strong defense, throwing out two runners at the plate to end innings and overcome homers by Marlon Byrd, Carlos Ruiz and Jimmy Rollins to send the Phillies to their seventh loss in eight games.

"Talk about a complete game," first-year manager Bryan Price said. "Those two perfectly executed relay throws were a big deal. We had a lot of good things, defensively and offensively."

Center fielder Billy Hamilton, second baseman Brandon Phillips and catcher Devin Mesoraco teamed up to throw out Byrd at the plate to end the sixth inning and Ruiz to end the seventh.

"Those are fun plays," Mesoraco said. "Those are always my most fun plays. You certainly don't want to give up the doubles to get into that position."

Alfredo Simon (8-3) allowed seven hits and three runs with three strikeouts in six innings. Jonathon Broxton pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his eighth save.

The Reds wasted no time snapping their 17-inning scoreless streak, scoring in the first inning. Hamilton drew a leadoff walk, stole second on the first pitch to Skip Schumaker and hustled to third on Schumaker's groundout to Rollins at shortstop, setting up Bruce's sacrifice fly.

"As a team, you need the small things," Bruce said. "Those are what lead to the bigger things."

The Phillies answered with Byrd's two-run homer in the second, his ninth of the season.

Frazier led off the bottom of the second with his team-leading 13th homer of the season, giving him home runs in three of his past four games.

Frazier sparked Cincinnati's fourth-inning go-ahead rally with a single to right field and stolen base. Zack Cozart drove him in with a sinking line drive to right-center field that Ben Revere got a glove on with a diving try before the ball trickled away. Cozart went to third on Ramon Santiago's single and scored on Hamilton's sacrifice fly.

The Phillies threatened in the fifth, getting runners to second and third with one out, prompting manager Ryne Sandberg to pinch-hit John Mayberry Jr. for starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez.

Hernandez (2-4), is 0-3 in seven starts since his most recent win on May 4, allowed four hits and four runs with three walks and two strikeouts in four innings. He also hit a batter.

Bruce followed Brandon Phillips' fifth-inning leadoff walk with his fourth homer of the season and first since April 20 against the Cubs in Chicago. The homer was his first in Cincinnati since April 3 and the 100th of his career at Great American Ball Park.

"That's one of those things I knew was coming," Bruce said. "You just have to keep on keeping on. I've been trying to keep the same approach. It felt good to put a good swing on a pitch I should have driven."

Ruiz led off the sixth with his second homer of the season, and Rollins hit a two-run shot in the seventh, his eighth homer of the season and second in two days.

Byrd was thrown out on a double on Domonic Brown's double to right-center field. He collided with Mesoraco, prompting umpire crew chief Tom Hallion to ask for a review to make sure Major League Baseball's new rules governing plays at the plate weren't violated.

"I can't give you an educated response because I don't know what the rule is," Byrd said. "I was waiting for a lane. I was going to slide outside and get my hand in"

When the replay confirmed the initial ruling, Sandberg came out of the dugout to argue, which is automatic grounds for ejection. The umpires tried to wave him back into the dugout, and Hallion ejected Sandberg when he persisted.

"My argument was the catcher blocked the plate before he had the ball," Sandberg said. "Byrd almost twisted his ankle with indecision. It has gone against us three times with different scenarios. Everyone wants to know what the rule is."

Notes

Reds 1B Joey Votto will begin an injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Sunday. Votto hasn't played since going on the disabled list on May 21, retroactive to May 16, with a quadriceps strain in his left knee, the same knee on which he had two surgeries in 2012. ... Bruce's walk in the third inning was his first in 16 games since he was walked three times by Milwaukee on May 1. ... Sandberg's ejection was the first of his managerial career. ... Rollins needs six hits to pass Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt and become Philadelphia's career hits leader.

 
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Aroldis Chapman picks up his eighth save as the Reds defeat the Phillies to end their 3-game skid.  (USATSI)
Aroldis Chapman picks up his eighth save as the Reds defeat the Phillies to end their 3-game skid. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

J. Rollins
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Cincinnati

J. Bruce
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS5112012 .247
Carlos Ruiz, C3111100 .283
Chase Utley, 2B4010001 .319
Ryan Howard, 1B4120010 .232
Marlon Byrd, RF4112011 .263
Domonic Brown, LF4030001 .217
Cesar Hernandez, 3B4120001 .204
Ben Revere, CF3000000 .281
Roberto Hernandez, P1000010 .000
   a-John Mayberry Jr., PH1000012 .246
   Ethan Martin, P0000000 .000
   b-Reid Brignac, PH1000011 .216
   Justin De Fratus, P0000000 .000
   c-Ronny Cedeno, PH1000000 .000
Totals35511516  
a-struck out for R. Hernandez in the 5th
b-struck out for Martin in the 7th
c-grounded out for De Fratus in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chase Utley (24, Parra), Domonic Brown (8, Simon)
HR - Jimmy Rollins (8, Hoover), Carlos Ruiz (2, Simon), Marlon Byrd (9, Simon)
SH - Ben Revere (2)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (25), Carlos Ruiz (11), Marlon Byrd 2 (34)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (11)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Hernandez-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roberto Hernandez (L,2-4) 4444321 4.35
Ethan Martin 2122231 4.50
Justin De Fratus 2100020 2.57
HBP - B. Phillips (by Roberto Hernandez)
Pitches-Strikes - Roberto Hernandez 80-47, Ethan Martin 37-19, Justin De Fratus 29-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roberto Hernandez 7-3, Ethan Martin 1-2, Justin De Fratus 2-1
Batters Faced - Roberto Hernandez 20, Ethan Martin 9, Justin De Fratus 6
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Billy Hamilton, CF2101101 .253
Skip Schumaker, LF4000022 .234
Brandon Phillips, 2B2100100 .268
Jay Bruce, RF2113110 .208
Devin Mesoraco, C3000122 .313
Todd Frazier, 1B-3B4231011 .279
Zack Cozart, SS4111002 .219
Ramon Santiago, 3B3010101 .200
   Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
Alfredo Simon, P0000001 .087
   a-Roger Bernadina, PH1000010 .173
   J.J. Hoover, P0000000 .000
   Manny Parra, P0000000 .000
   Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   Brayan Pena, 1B0000000 .261
Totals2566657  
a-struck out for Simon in the 6th
Batting
2B - Zack Cozart (9, R. Hernandez)
HR - Jay Bruce (4, Martin), Todd Frazier (13, R. Hernandez)
SF - Billy Hamilton (3), Jay Bruce (2)
SH - Alfredo Simon 2 (4)
RBI - Billy Hamilton (11), Jay Bruce 3 (20), Todd Frazier (32), Zack Cozart (14)
SB - Billy Hamilton (23, 2nd base off R. Hernandez/Ruiz), Jay Bruce (7, 2nd base off R. Hernandez/Ruiz), Todd Frazier (5, 2nd base off R. Hernandez/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Billy Hamilton 2
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alfredo Simon (W,8-3) 6733032 3.15
J.J. Hoover (H,1) 0.2222111 5.33
Manny Parra (H,8) 0.1100000 4.87
Jonathan Broxton (H,8) 1100010 0.47
Aroldis Chapman (S,8) 1000010 1.50
Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Simon 88-65, J.J. Hoover 18-10, Manny Parra 2-1, Jonathan Broxton 13-8, Aroldis Chapman 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Simon 10-4, J.J. Hoover 1-0, Jonathan Broxton 1-1, Aroldis Chapman 1-1
Batters Faced - Alfredo Simon 24, J.J. Hoover 5, Manny Parra 1, Jonathan Broxton 4, Aroldis Chapman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36347
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Sean Barber