Reds Rally Falls Short as Phils Win 4-3

For the second time in less than a week, the Reds got a taste of Gavin Floyd. The Phillies right-hander threw five innings, giving up just two earned runs as the Phillies beat Cincinnati 4-3 and moved their spring record to 7-6.

Gavin Floyd is making a strong case for taking over Vicente Padilla's roster spot if Padilla starts the season on the DL. Floyd is now 2-0, 3.75 this spring and is actually being considered to start the second game of the season. Originally, manager Charlie Manuel had Padilla penciled in as the number two guy and Manuel is leaning toward not shuffling the rotation because of Padilla's injury.

With the Reds leading 2-0, a passed ball and an RBI single from Jimmy Rollins tied the game in the fifth inning. Rollins finished the day 3-for-4 and continued his streak of games without striking out. The Phillies shortstop has yet to strikeout this spring.

Chase Utley chipped in with an RBI double in the sixth and Marlon Byrd continued his hitting with an RBI single as the Phillies completed their comeback and took a 4-2 lead.

Minor league prospect Franklin Perez gave up an RBI single to Ken Griffey, Jr. in the ninth, but stranded two runners on base to preserve the Phillies 4-3 win and to pick up his first save of the spring.

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