MILWAUKEE (AP) -
prevented Milwaukee from gaining ground in the playoff race - on his final swing of the season.
Phillips hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the 11th inning, moments after breaking his finger on a bunt attempt, and
beat the slumping Brewers 5-4 on Tuesday night.
''He hit a rocket out there,'' Cincinnati manager
said, not knowing how bad Phillips was hurt.
Hours later, the Reds issued a statement that said Phillips won't play again this season.
The Brewers missed a chance to gain ground in the playoff race. They remained 4 1/2 games behind the first-place
in the NL Central and three ahead of Philadelphia in the wild-card standings with 17 to play.
hit consecutive homers in the sixth, helping the Reds hand Milwaukee its third straight loss and seventh in nine games.
''I'm not a psychologist, but I feel like everybody in here wants it so bad,'' Brewers reliever
said. ''I know it's not lack of trying. I can guarantee that.''
McClung (5-6), the team's seventh reliever, started the 11th and took the loss.
He struck out
laced a double to left. Patterson went to third on
's groundout and
was intentionally walked to bring up Phillips, who first tried to bunt for a hit. But he fouled off a pitch that hit him on
the hand, breaking his right index finger.
Phillips showed no signs of the injury, getting right back in the batter's box. Then he punched a 1-1 delivery into right-center
to score Patterson and slapped his hands together to celebrate.
But after the game, Phillips had tears in his eyes in the clubhouse. Reds spokesman Rob Butcher said the second baseman had
a broken finger and would be examined Wednesday in Cincinnati.
Phillips wasn't available for comment.
''I just found out,'' Patterson said minutes after the game ended. ''That's really a bad break for us. He's really one of
the leaders of the team. I don't know if he's going to be able to come back the rest of this year or not. I doubt it from
what I'm hearing.''
(1-0) got the win by retiring
with a runner at second to end the 10th. The Reds purchased Adkins' contract from Triple-A Louisville before the game. He
led the International League with 30 saves.
worked the 11th for his ninth straight save and 29th in 35 chances. He retired the side in order.
Patterson said games like this one show that the Reds haven't quit.
''They're fighting for their division and we know we're getting their best,'' he said. ''So when we can take two out of three
from the Cubs and do well in this series, that shows we can play with the teams atop our division.''
The Reds have won the first two games in Milwaukee after a 6-3 homestand. Baker doesn't want to hear about his team playing
''I don't like that role,'' he said. ''That means you're out of it. I don't want to spoil it for anybody, but you've got to
play to win. If it comes down to spoiling it for somebody, that's not motivation for somebody to play.''
pitched a one-hit gem through six innings in his second career start and left with a 4-1 lead that the Brewers erased on
's pinch-hit, three-run homer in the seventh.
, who was making his fourth appearance since coming off the 15-day disabled list on Sept. 1, started the seventh in relief
of Ramirez, who left for a pinch hitter.
Durham batted for reliever
and hit a 1-1 delivery over the fence in right after Burton walked
with a pitch, spoiling Ramirez's great start.
Ramirez worked out of big trouble in the first, stranding the bases loaded after
's RBI single.
That was the only hit Ramirez allowed in his third appearance since being recalled Aug. 30 from Louisville. He walked four
and struck out four, retiring the side in order his last four innings. It was the second time in a row that the bullpen failed
to hold his lead.
Ramirez made his major league debut on Aug. 30 and was the victim of a blown save in Cincinnati's 7-6 win.
Cincinnati tied this one at 1 on Patterson's sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Encarnacion's 25th homer was a two-run shot in the sixth. Bruce followed with his 17th, the eighth time the Reds have hit
back-to-back homers this season.
That chased Milwaukee starter
, who went 5-0 in six August starts but has lost twice this month. He gave up six hits and walked two.
Notes: Durham's previous pinch-hit home run came exactly a year ago. While with San Franscico, he connected off the
Los Angeles Dodgers
. ... The Brewers dropped to 11-7 in extra-inning games while the Reds improved to 7-8.