PHILADELPHIA - Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said his team was done in by "a series of bad events" Friday night.
The Philadelphia Phillies turned a walk, infield single (by slugging first baseman Ryan Howard, no less), hit batsman, fielder's choice/error and sacrifice fly into two eighth-inning runs to beat the Reds 5-3.
"That's how we drew it up," Howard said. "We drew it up in the dirt."
With one out in the eighth and the score tied at 3-3, Cincinnati reliever Sean Marshall (0-1) walked Michael Young. Howard followed with a check-swing roller to the left of the mound - "a well-placed lawn dart," according to Young -- that went for his infield single.
"You take those," Howard said. "You take all of those."
Jonathan Broxton relieved Marshall and hit Delmon Young with a pitch, loading the bases. Domonic Brown then bounced a ball up the middle that was gloved by shortstop Zack Cozart behind second base. He flipped the ball in the direction of second baseman Brandon Phillips, who attempted to grab it was his bare hand, but instead dropped it, allowing Young to score.
Phillips was charged with an error on the play, but Brown was credited with an RBI on the fielder's choice.
"You guys need to go up top (to the official scorer)," Brown said, "and have them change that to a hit."
Howard scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Carlos Ruiz, barely beating the tag of catcher Ryan Hanigan with a head-first slide after the throw by center fielder Shin-Soo Choo. Baker briefly argued the call with home plate umpire Marty Foster, believing Hanigan tagged Howard before he touched the plate with his left hand.
"I didn't think he got in," Baker said.
"He was safe," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Oh yeah, he got in there."
"I tried to get my hand in there quick," Howard said, "and I was able to beat it out."
Justin DeFratus (2-0) pitched 2/3 of an inning to pick up the victory for the Phillies, who won for the fourth time in five games. Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth for his eighth save.
The Reds saw a six-game winning streak come to an end.
Jay Bruce and Joey Votto homered for the Reds, who erased a 3-0 deficit. Bruce's homer, his fourth of the year, was a two-run shot off Cliff Lee in the sixth. Votto tied the game at 3-3 with his fifth homer, a leadoff blast in the eighth off reliever Antonio Bastardo.
Lee, who was seeking his third straight victory and his fourth consecutive win over the Reds, allowed two runs over seven innings before giving way to Bastardo.
Rookie left-hander Tony Cingrani started for the Reds, allowing three runs on five hits over five innings.
Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer, his third of the year, in the third inning, blasting a 3-1 pitch from Cingrani to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead. John Mayberry Jr. had led off the inning with a single, and Lee bounced into a force out, setting the stage for Rollins.
Lee opened the fifth with a double off the right-field wall. Rollins sacrificed him to third, and after Chase Utley struck out, Michael Young drove in the run with a booming triple to center, making it 3-0.
NOTES: Before the game, the Phillies optioned left-handed reliever Raul Valdes to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and recalled right-hander B.J. Rosenberg. Rosenberg was 1-3 with a 4.30 ERA in seven starts for the IronPigs. ... Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, on the disabled list since April 15 with a strained right lat, is tentatively scheduled to start against the Mets Monday in New York. Cueto is 1-0 with a 2.60 ERA this season. ... Bastardo is filling the eighth-inning role usually reserved for Mike Adams. An MRI Friday revealed that Adams has a mild mid-back strain. He has not pitched since taking the loss last Friday in Arizona, and is listed as day to day.