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CINCINNATI -- Brandon Phillips' bases-loaded single in the eighth inning sparked Cincinnati's struggling offense and lifted the Reds to a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night.

Starting pitchers Cliff Lee and Bronson Arroyo kept the game scoreless until the Reds broke through for two runs in the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park.

Chase Utley hit a pinch-hit, game-tying two-run home run in the eighth for the Phillies, before Phillips' clutch hit put the Reds ahead to stay.

Cincinnati ended a five-game losing streak.

Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth to earn his third save. Jeremy Horst (0-1) took the loss for Philadelphia.

The Reds, who were 5-for-41 with runners in scoring position during their losing streak, saw their first two runs score on plays that didn't involve a hit.

Joey Votto singled in the seventh, then advanced to third on Phillips' double. Votto scored on Lee's wild pitch. Phillips scored the second run on Todd Frazier's sacrifice fly.

Lee, who needed just 67 pitches to get through six innings, threw 29 in the seventh. He also issued his first walk this season. Lee allowed five hits and struck out four in seven innings.

Utley hammered a 2-1 pitch from Arroyo into the right-center-field seats to tie the score 2-2.

In the bottom of the eighth, after Votto was intentionally walked by Horst to load the bases, Phillips lined a single to right off Mike Adams, scoring two runs to put Cincinnati ahead 4-2.

Arroyo (2-1) was 2-7 with a 6.55 ERA in 10 prior starts against Philadelphia, but he needed just 69 pitches to get through six innings Monday night. He wound up allowing two runs on five hits in eight innings, and he earned the victory when the Reds rallied.

Lee was equally impressive, allowing just three hits through six innings and retiring 10 straight batters in one stretch.

Defense shined for both teams early in the game.

Phillies center fielder Ben Revere, a native of Lexington, Ky. about an hour from Great American Ball Park, contributed a defensive gem in the second inning.

After Jay Bruce led off with a single, Frazier laced a line drive. Revere raced toward right-center and made a diving catch with his back to the infield. He then threw to second baseman Freddy Galvis, who completed an 8-4-3 double play. Revere made another nice grab up against the wall on Ryan Hanigan's liner in the third.

Arroyo allowed just one hit through the first four innings. The Phillies had runners on first and second with one out in the fifth when Frazier snared Erik Kratz's hard liner and started a 5-4-3 inning-ending double play.

NOTES: Reds RHP Johnny Cueto was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 14 due to a strained right lat muscle. RHP Justin Freeman's contract was selected from Triple-A Louisville. To make room on the 40-man roster for Freeman, LF Ryan Ludwick (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day DL. .. Entering Monday's game, Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was 3-for-3 on save opportunities, making him 54-for-54 in his career in the month of April. .. The Phillies and Reds celebrated Jackie Robinson Day on Monday night with all players wearing uniform No. 42. .. There was a moment of silence at Great American Ball Park prior to Monday's game honoring the bombing victims at the Boston Marathon.
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