It Ain't Easy, But Phils Hang On For 8-5 Win

After having Austin Kearns homer to beat them Friday night, the last thing the Phillies wanted to see was Kearns in the box as the tying run in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday. This time though, Jose Mesa won the battle and the Phillies picked up an 8-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark

Todd Pratt finished the day 3-for-5 with three RBI. Pratt delivered RBI singles in the second and fifth innings and doubled in the ninth, putting runners on second and third for Jimmy Rollins to drive in. Pratt also contributed by throwing out Brandon Larson attempting to steal.

Kevin Millwood (2-0) showed no lingering effects of a groin injury suffered last Saturday as he pitched six innings to pick up the win. Carlos Silva, Dan Plesac, Terry Adams and Jose Mesa handled the final three innings, allowing two runs, but hanging on to the Phillies lead. Mesa, who was the losing pitcher Friday night, allowed another run in the ninth, letting the Reds bring the tying run to the plate. Jimmy Haynes (0-3) lasted five innings and took the loss for the Reds.

Rollins, Bobby Abreu, Jim Thome and Pat Burrell all had three hits. Rollins extended his hitting streak to seven straight and drove in two runs with a single in the ninth, scoring Pratt and David Bell. The middle of the order – Abreu, Thome and Burrell – combined to go 6-for-14, but stranded eleven runners on base.

Austin Kearns and Adam Dunn hit back-to-back homeruns in the fourth inning to give the Reds a 3-1 lead. The Phillies came back with three runs in the fifth on a bases loaded walk to Ricky Ledee and Pratt's two-run single, putting the Phillies ahead to stay at 4-3. Ledee doubled to drive in Burrell and Tomas Perez followed with a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh as the Phillies went up 6-3 and Rollins' single in the ninth made it 8-4. The Reds got RBI singles from Larson in the eighth inning and from Aaron Boone in the ninth inning to make it an 8-5 final.

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