found the perfect way to celebrate his 28th birthday: by beating the
Phillips broke out of a 1-for-16 slump with three hits, three runs and three RBIs to lead the
to an 8-1 win over his former team Sunday.
''It's good to have a game like I did today, especially on my birthday and against the guys you used to play for,'' Phillips
said. ''Today, I was like, 'I'm going to show the Indians what they missed out on.'''
also had three hits and three RBIs as the Reds took two of three from their Ohio rivals to move back to .500 overall.
(5-8) gave up one run and five hits over six innings for only his second win in eight starts since May 21.
Phillips hit a two-run single in a four-run third off
(3-3). He had an RBI single and scored on
' homer in the fifth, then singled, stole second and scored on a base hit by Hernandez against
in the seventh.
He couldn't resist taking a few verbal jabs at his old team, too.
''I've learned from everything I went through when I was here,'' Phillips said. ''They wanted me to be a certain type of player.
They wanted me to do this and do that. They didn't let me be myself.''
Phillips developed into an All-Star and Gold Glove second baseman after being traded to the Reds at the start of the 2006
season. He has consistently come back to hurt the Indians in interleague play, hitting .341 (30-for-88) with four homers,
18 RBIs and five stolen bases in 23 games against them.
Considered by the Indians the key to a deal that also netted future All-Star outfielder
in a June 2002 deal with Montreal for
, Phillips struggled in parts of four seasons in Cleveland.
''You've got to realize I was in the big leagues when I was 20 or 21,'' Phillips said. ''I was young, but they gave up on
me. There are some things I really wish I would say, but I'm not going to say. I'm here, living the life.''
The Indians fell further into last place in the AL Central with their 10th loss in 12 games, yet manager
remains hopeful that adding two relievers and getting injured players back can provide a needed boost.
''As we get players back, we should have a more consistent lineup,'' Wedge said. ''If things fall into place, we can get better
in a hurry. We've brought people in to help settle down the bullpen.''
New York Yankees
on Wednesday and traded veteran infielder
to St. Louis for right-hander
and a player to be named Saturday.
The Indians went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position in its first game since dealing DeRosa, who was second on the club
in home runs (13) and RBIs (50).
''We've got some other guys who can step up,'' Wedge said. ''The trade was made to make us better.''
Phillips gave the Reds a 2-1 lead with a two-run single in the third, then scored on Hernandez's two-run triple off the wall
Cleveland left fielder
dropped a fly ball by
in the fifth, leading to a three-run inning. Phillips followed with line single to center to make it 4-1 and scored on Gomes'
fourth homer, an opposite-field shot to right.
, activated from the disabled list Sunday after missing 22 games with a strained shoulder, singled and scored in the first
to put Cleveland ahead, 1-0. Cabrera went to third on a single by Sizemore and scored on a sacrifice fly by
''You try to limit the damage as much as you can,'' Owings said. ''To just give up one run and get our guys back in the dugout
there was pretty big.''
Cleveland had two runners on base against Owings in the third, fourth and sixth and could not deliver.
Huff gave up nine hits and six earned runs over five innings. The rookie left-hander had been 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA in his previous
''The big thing was getting ahead of hitters,'' Huff said. ''I was fine the first two innings, then started nibbling a little.
I had to go to the fastball for a strike and those guys were sitting dead-red on it.''
NOTES: Reds RHP
said he's considering having carpal tunnel surgery on his right wrist after the season. ''I'm worried about it all the time,''
said Arroyo, who has had soreness since 2004 and been forced to give up his favorite hobby of playing the guitar. ''It's gotten
to the point where it's sore whenever I do anything.'' A cortisone shot has enabled Arroyo, who is 8-6 with a 5.54 ERA, to
continue to pitch. ... Cleveland went 5-13 against NL teams this year and is 11-25 in interleague the last two seasons.