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
fielder Ryan Freel in front of the bag at second.
Second baseman Phillips then made a leaping catch of Francoeur's
liner before throwing to third baseman Jeff Keppinger to double off
Jones. Jones' RBI double earlier in the inning off David Weathers
tied it at 3.
Scott Hatteberg gave the Reds a 3-2 lead with an RBI single off
Tyler Yates in the 10th.
Rafael Soriano, who relieved Braves starter John Smoltz to begin
the eighth, wasted a strong start by the ace. Atlanta activated
Smoltz from the 15-day disabled list before the game after he
missed one turn in the rotation with right shoulder inflammation.
The Braves were leading 1-0 when Smoltz left for a pinch hitter
but Adam Dunn hit a two-run drive off Soriano for his 26th homer.
Smoltz struck out a season-high 11, allowing just five hits and
two walks in seven innings. The right-hander now has 41 career
games with 10 or more strikeouts. His previous double-digit game
was last Aug. 21, when he had 10 in a 3-0 win over Pittsburgh.
Aaron Harang allowed two runs and 10 hits in 7 2-3 innings for
Cincinnati. He struck out eight and walked two. The last batter he
faced, Francoeur, made it 2-2 with a sacrifice fly to score Andruw
Notes: Griffey became the 84th player in history with 2,500 hits
when he singled in the first. ... Freel changed gloves to play
infield in the 10th.