ATLANTA (AP) -- Brandon Phillips' two-run single off rookie Jose
Ascanio in the 15th inning gave the Cincinnati Reds a 5-4 victory
over the Braves on Wednesday and their first three-game sweep in
Atlanta since April 1990.
Phillips' hit drove in Norris Hopper and Ken Griffey Jr. and
helped the Reds improve to 8-3 in their last 11 games. Hopper
reached on second baseman Kelly Johnson's error to lead off the
inning and Griffey singled to right with one out.
Ascanio (0-1), the seventh Atlanta pitcher, gave up two hits and
two unearned runs in two innings. The Braves have lost three
Jeff Francoeur singled in Andruw Jones to cut it to 5-4 in the
bottom half of the 15th. Atlanta went on to put runners on first
and second with two outs but Michael Gosling (1-0) struck out
pinch-hitter Kyle Davies, a starting pitcher, to end the game.
Cincinnati employed an unusual defense in the 10th to extend the
With Chipper Jones standing on third with one out and Francoeur
about to hit, Reds interim manager Pete Mackanin moved center