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Reds waste little time in winning suspended game

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CINCINNATI -- Tuesday night's game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park was suspended after a pair of rain delays halted play for more than two hours. But when the game resumed in the bottom of the ninth on Wednesday, it took Cincinnati less than 10 minutes to win it.

Jay Bruce singled with the bases loaded off Phillies reliever Phillippe Aumont driving home Zack Cozart with the winning run, lifting the Reds past Philadelphia 1-0.

Under sunny skies Wednesday, which were in stark contrast to the stormy conditions of the night before, Cincinnati made quick work of Aumont, who did not retire a batter.

Cozart led off with a single. Joey Votto walked. Brandon Phillips' line drive caromed off Ben Revere's glove in center for an error, loading the bases. Bruce followed with a line drive to right field for the game-winner.

Aumont (1-2) took the loss. He was warming up Tuesday night when the rains hit, and by rule was required to start Wednesday's resumption.

Aroldis Chapman (2-0) earned the win after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning on Tuesday with two strikeouts. Chapman has yet to allow an earned run this season and has 13 Ks.

Following a 1-hour, 20-minute rain delay to start Tuesday's game, starting pitchers Kyle Kendrick of the Phillies and the Reds' Homer Bailey combined to allow just four hits as the game remained scoreless into the ninth before ultimately being suspended.

Bailey retired the final 13 batters he faced in his eight innings on Tuesday, tying 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.

Kendrick allowed only two hits in seven innings and struck out four. But with Kendrick's pitch count at 106, manager Charlie Manuel opted for Antonio Bastardo to begin the eighth. Bastardo retired the Reds in order. He has allowed just one hit with six strikeouts in six innings this season.

Bailey had six strikeouts through five innings Tuesday. A first-inning single by Cozart was the only hit allowed by Kendrick until the fifth.

NOTES: It was Cincinnati's first 1-0 victory at Great American Ball Park since 2009. ... It was Cincinnati's first suspended game since July 30, 2004, and the Phillies' first suspension since Game 5 of the 2008 World Series. ... The victory moved Reds manager Dusty Baker into sole possession of fifth place on the club's all-time managerial wins list with 426.

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