Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Reds 4, Phillies 2

CINCINNATI — Brandon Phillips drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the eighth inning and the Reds ended their five-game losing streak by beating the Phillies 4-2 on Monday night.

Cincinnati's five-game slide matched its longest from last season, when it won the National League Central.

The Reds still didn't hit much, but Cliff Lee helped them by letting in a run on a wild pitch in the seventh. Todd Frazier followed with a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.

Former Hernando High standout Bronson Arroyo gave up pinch-hitter Chase Utley's two-run homer in the eighth, but Cincinnati rallied against the Philadelphia bullpen. The Reds loaded the bases against Jeremy Horst, and Phillips singled off Mike Adams to break the tie.

Aroldis Chapman pitched a perfect ninth for his third save in three tries. He threw 100 mph fastballs to Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard while striking them out.

Neither team did much on offense until Lee briefly lost his touch. Joey Votto led off the seventh with a single, and Phillips doubled with two strikes, giving the Reds their first runners in scoring position. That had been their weakness: Cincinnati was 5-for-41 with runners in scoring position during the slide.

Lee helped out, bouncing a 2-and-2 pitch to Jay Bruce to allow Votto to score from third. Lee then walked Bruce on a full count, and Frazier followed with a sacrifice fly.

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