One Boone is Gone and the Other Helps Beat Phils

A couple of times this season, Larry Bowa has given Randy Wolf a pretty quick hook. Monday, with a worn out bullpen, Bowa tried to get a little extra out of Wolf and it cost him. Sean Casey hit a game-tying homerun off Wolf in the eighth inning and the Reds went on from there to score the winning run off Terry Adams in the tenth inning to give the Reds a 6-5 win over the Phillies in a make-up game Monday afternoon at Great American Ballpark.

Randy Wolf didn't seem to have his best stuff as the game started. A 1-0 Phillies lead was quickly erased in the bottom of the first inning when the Reds put up four runs against Wolf. Jose Guillen put a golf-style swing on a Wolf fastball and drove it just over the center field fence to put the Reds up 2-1. Back-to-back doubles by Aaron Boone and Adam Dunn scored another run and Ruben Mateo's RBI single completed the inning for the Reds, leaving the Phillies trailing 4-1.

The Phillies, who got their first inning run on an RBI single that scored Marlon Byrd from second base, got two runs back in the fourth inning. With two outs and nobody on base, Jimmy Rollins and Tomas Perez drew back-to-back walks. Wolf then reached on an error by Boone to load the bases and bring Byrd to the plate. Byrd singled through the middle to score two runs, cutting the deficit to 4-3.

Wolf seemed to make adjustments and was working his way through the Reds lineup through the middle innings, while the Phillies offense went to work.

The Phillies again had two outs and nobody on base in the fifth and again, Ryan Dempster issued back-to-back walks to Mike Lieberthal and Pat Burrell. The hot hitting Rollins stepped up and doubled to right center field to give the Phillies their first lead of the day at 5-4.

Wolf made it through the fifth, sixth and seventh innings in good shape. Bowa tried to sneak him through the eighth inning, which proved to be the wrong move. Sean Casey led off the inning and didn't waste much time in sending Wolf's pitch out to right center field, tying the game 5-5. Bowa didn't try to push Wolf any further and brought in Rheal Cormier, who pitched two scoreless innings of relief.

The Reds bullpen also pitched well, keeping the Phillies off the board late in the game.

For the fourth game in a row, Terry Adams (1-4) came on in relief. That too, proved to be a little too much, as the Reds jumped all over him in the tenth inning. A walk to Boone and a single by Dunn put runners on first and third with nobody out. The Phillies then walked Guillen intentionally to set up the force at home. Kelly Stinnett dropped a single just between the drawn-in infield and outfield to score Boone with the winning run. It was the Reds tenth walk-off win of the season and the 23rd time this year that they've won in their last at bat.

Scott Williamson (5-3) pitched the tenth inning for Cincinnati to get the win.

It was somewhat ironic that Aaron Boone figured so prominently in the scoring. Earlier in the day, the Reds fired Boone's father, former Phillie Bob Boone as their manager. Ray Knight replaced the elder Boone for the day and AAA manager Dave Miley will take over the team the rest of the way on an interim basis. The Reds also fired GM Jim Bowden, but didn't immediate announce his replacement, even on an interim basis.

After losing four straight, the Phillies return home Tuesday night to play the Dodgers at Veteran's Stadium. Kaz Ishii (9-4, 3.37) gets the start for the Dodgers and Vicente Padilla (9-8, 3.89) starts for the Phillies in the series opener.


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