Late Rally Lets Mike Leake Off The Hook As Reds Drop Giants

Brandon Phillips hit a game-tying, two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth inning and scored the go-ahead run on a single by Joey Votto, as the Cincinnati Reds rallied to beat San Francisco, 7-6. Find more at McCovey Chronicles and Red Reporter.

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Late Rally Lets Mike Leake Off The Hook As Reds Drop Giants

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Brandon Phillips hit a game-tying, two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth inning and scored the go-ahead run on a single by Joey Votto, as the Cincinnati Reds rallied to beat San Francisco, 7-6.

Guillermo Mota (0-2) began the eighth for San Francisco and surrendered three consecutive hits. Ramon Hernandez singled and Chris Heisey doubled before Phillips crushed a 3-2 fastball into the right-field corner, tying the game at six. Votto's one-out grounder up the middle put Cincinnati on top.

Francisco Cordero tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 17th save of the season.

The late rally made a winner out of veteran reliever Arthur Rhodes (2-1), who retired four of the five batters he faced.

Phillips finished with four hits and scored twice for first-place Cincinnati, which is 1 1/2 games ahead of St. Louis in the National League Central. The Cardinals are idle Thursday.

Jay Bruce and Jonny Gomes each had two hits and an RBI for the Reds, who split this four-game series at Great American Ball Park.

Reds rookie Mike Leake earned a no-decision after he was tagged for five runs on a season-high 11 hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings, the shortest outing of his young career. The right-hander out of Arizona State had lasted at least six innings in each of his previous 11 starts.

Aubrey Huff clubbed a solo home run and added a run-scoring double for the Giants.

San Francisco starter Todd Wellemeyer pitched two scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, before straining his right quadriceps while running to first base in the top of the third.

The Giants grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning, when Huff doubled home Pablo Sandoval. Leake then gave up solo home runs in the second and third innings to Aaron Rowand and Huff.

Juan Uribe followed Huff's blast with a double and consecutive singles by rookie Buster Posey and Bengie Molina made it 4-0. After Rowand drew a walk to load the bases, Wellemeyer grounded into a double play. The right-hander was injured attempting to beat the throw to first base and left the game.

Denny Bautista replaced Wellemeyer in the bottom of the third and promptly gave up four runs in the inning.

The first four batters reached, with Votto drawing a bases-loaded walk to put Cincinnati on the board. Scott Rolen hit a sacrifice fly, while Gomes and Bruce followed with back-to-back run-scoring singles.

San Francisco broke the 4-4 tie in the fifth. The first two batters, Posey and Molina, singled. Rowand then grounded into a fielder's choice before Enerio Del Rosario succeeded Leake on the mound. Pinch-hitter Pat Burrell then hit a sharp grounder that eluded Rolen at third, scoring Posey with the go-ahead run. Rolen was charged with an error on the play.

Freddy Sanchez stroked an RBI single off Cincinnati's Nick Masset to give the visitors a 6-4 lead in the seventh.

Wellemeyer has yet to win on the road since May 27, 2009 while playing with St. Louis. He is 0-4 in six road starts this year...Cincinnati turned three double plays with the bases loaded...The Giants batted 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 13 men on base.

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