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CINCINNATI - For Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, it was more than just another clutch hit.

When Phillips' hard ground ball scooted into right field in the eighth inning on Monday night driving home two decisive runs in a 4-2 victory over Philadelphia, it helped end the Reds' five-game losing streak. And, the fact that his clutch hit occurred on Jackie Robinson Day also was significant for Phillips.

"Without Jackie Robinson, I wouldn't be here," said Phillips. "I was proud to wear his number on my back tonight. To get a game-winning hit on his day, nothing better than that."

Phillips donned a No. 42 jersey on Monday night, as did each of the Reds and Phillies players in honor of the anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier.

Prior to Phillips' heroics in the bottom of the eighth, Chase Utley was a hero for Philadelphia with his pinch-hit, game-tying two-run home run off Reds starter Bronson Arroyo.

"Too bad when we tied the game, we couldn't hold 'em," said Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel. "We didn't do anything exciting until Utley's homer. Arroyo shut us down until then. It was a well-played game. Both pitchers pitched good."

Through six innings Monday night, the Phillies and Reds were locked in a good old-fashioned pitcher's duel at Great American Ball Park as Arroyo and Cliff Lee kept the game scoreless until Cincinnati broke through for two runs in the seventh.

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.

Cincinnati was 3-for-6 with runners in scoring position Monday night, a drastic improvement following its 1-5 road trip. "I got tired of losing," said Phillips. "We just had some bad luck on the road."

Lee, who needed just 67 pitches to get through six innings, threw 29 in the seventh. He also issued his first walk this season, ending a streak of 169 batters without a walk. Lee allowed five hits and struck out four in seven innings.

Utley came off the bench to hammer a 2-1 pitch from Arroyo into the right-center-field seats to tie the score 2-2. It was his fifth career pinch-hit homer.

But 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.

"(Reds manager Dusty Baker) said he needed me bad today," said Arroyo. "What I assume he meant was to go deep into the ballgame and get a 'W' next to our name."

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.

"That's one of the best catches I've seen in a long time," said Manuel.

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 right-hander Johnny Cueto was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 14 due to a strained right lat muscle. Right-handed pitcher Justin Freeman's contract was selected from Triple-A Louisville. To make room on the 40-man roster for Freeman, outfielder 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. .. 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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