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CINCINNATI -- The storm clouds rolled in early Tuesday evening and the sky opened up over Great American Ball Park, which after a lengthy rain delay failed to live up to its reputation as a hitter's park.

Starting pitchers Kyle Kendrick of the Phillies and Homer Bailey of the Reds allowed a combined four hits as the game remained scoreless through eight innings.

Heavy rain delayed the game again in the bottom of the ninth opf a scoreless game. After 44 minutes, the game was suspended. It will be resumed Wednesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Bailey retired the final 13 batters he faced and tied a career high with 10 strikeouts. He did not walk a batter. Chase Utley's single in the fourth was one of just two hits off Bailey. The other was an infield single by Michael Young.

The ball wasn't carrying as well as it typically does along the banks of the Ohio River. The two hardest hit balls off Bailey were long drives by Ryan Howard in the seventh and Domonic Brown in the eighth, both of which were caught on the warning track.

Kendrick allowed two hits in seven innings and struck out four. But with Kendrick's pitch-count at 106, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel opted for Antonio Bastardo to begin the eighth. Bastardo retired the Reds in order.

Aroldis Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for Cincinnati with two strikeouts before the rain came again.

Cincinnati had the game's best scoring chance in the first inning when they had runners on first and second. But Kendrick struck out Jay Bruce to end the inning.

After the 1-hour, 20-minute rain delay, Bailey and Kendrick cruised through the early innings.

The Reds made a bid to take the lead in the third. But with Shin-Soo Choo on second with two outs, Laynce Nix made a diving catch of Joey Votto's line drive to end the inning.

Bailey had six strikeouts through five innings.

A first-inning single by Cincinnati's Zack Cozart was the only hit allowed by Kendrick until the fifth.

NOTES: Reds manager Dusty Baker entered Tuesday's game tied with Pat Moran for fifth place on the club's career managerial wins list with 425. ... Phillies catchers Humberto Quintero and Erik Kratz have a combined .486 OPS, which ranks 29th in baseball. Regular catcher Carlos Ruiz is expected to be reinstated from his 25-game drug suspension on April 28. ... Phillies second baseman Chase Utley was back in the starting lineup Tuesday after getting a day off Monday, although he came off the bench and hit a two-run, pinch-home run in the eighth inning. ... Cincinnati used just six starting pitchers last season for only the fourth time since 1900. The Reds likely will use their sixth starter this week with Johnny Cueto on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right lat.
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