CINCINNATI – Quite a turnaround for the Reds, who went from dropping five in a row to winning two games in one day. A little well-timed hitting will do that.
Jay Bruce hit a pair of bases-loaded singles that sent Cincinnati to a couple of wins on Wednesday, 1-0 over the Philadelphia Phillies in the conclusion of a suspended game and 11-2 in the later one.
The Reds completed their first sweep of the Phillies since 1996, taking advantage of Philadelphias struggles on offense to pull out of a five-game slide. It reminded manager Dusty Baker of an acquaintances favorite saying.
Like Gary Matthews said, the only thing better than hits are more hits, Baker said. It was a beautiful thing tonight. Its hard to figure. We get swept in Pittsburgh and then come here and sweep these guys. If anybody figures this game out, I hope they tell me.
First, they concluded a game suspended overnight by rain. Several hundred fans were in the stands to see Phillippe Aumont (1-2) pick the game up in the bottom of the ninth and give up Bruces bases-loaded single only four batters later.
The crowd was 16,467 for the series finale, which started an hour and a half later. Bruce had a big hand in that one, too.
He had a bases-loaded single to right field – just like the last one – that highlighted a five-run rally in the second inning off left-hander John Lannan (0-1), who was bothered by tendinitis in his left knee.
Obviously, it was good to get this sweep after having some breaks go against us, Bruce said. Thats the name of the game. The mark of a good team is how you come back. Youve got to rise up and minimize the damage.
Reds starter Mike Leake (1-2) drove in a run with his first career triple during Cincinnatis 10-batter second inning. The Reds had two singles, a double, a triple, Todd Fraziers homer, a walk and a hit-by-pitch during the rally.
Leake, who leads all major league pitchers with 49 hits over the last four seasons, also had a pair of infield singles.
The three hits matched his career high – he also did it in Philadelphia in 2010. Leake allowed three hits and didnt walk a batter in seven shutout innings.