Looking for a seventh consecutive victory overall and on the road, the Reds hope to get the best of Lee on Friday night.
Cincinnati (25-16) outscored Philadelphia 16-4 during the April 15-17 series, but was held scoreless by Lee (4-2, 2.86 ERA) for six innings until it managed two runs in the seventh of a 4-2 series-opening victory.
The left-hander, who lasted seven and did not factor in that decision, is 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA in his last five starts versus Cincinnati.
Lee has allowed two runs and 11 hits in 15 innings of his last two outings overall. Six of those hits came over seven scoreless innings of a 3-1 win at Arizona on Saturday."I just need to keep grinding and give the team a chance to win every time," Lee said.
That could be a challenge against the Reds, who are 10-3 in May and enjoying their overall longest winning streak since a 10-game run July 19-29. They won nine straight on road that same month.
Cincinnati outscored Milwaukee and Miami 37-18 while sweeping a pair of three-game sets.
Brandon Phillips homered in the sixth inning and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th of Thursday's 5-3 win over the Marlins. Aroldis Chapman blew the save in the ninth, but the Reds scored three in the 10th."We wanted to win the game in nine," Phillips said. "We could have just put our heads down, but we went with the flow."
Phillips has batted .328 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in his last 16 games. He's hitting .310 (9 for 29) with four doubles and a home run against Lee.
Teammate Jay Bruce has batted .379 with eight RBIs the last seven games overall. He's hit .484 (15 for 31) with four homers and 10 RBIs in his last eight versus Philadelphia, and 4 for his last 12 with a home run versus Lee.
Scheduled Cincinnati starter Tony Cingrani (2-0, 2.89) has not factored in the decision of his last two starts. The rookie left-hander gave up two solo homers and lasted just four innings after he threw 85 pitches in a 4-3 win over Milwaukee last Friday.
This will be his first appearance against the Phillies (19-22), whose three-game winning streak ended with a 10-4 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday.
"For some reason we seem to win a couple, get within one or two games of .500, then all of the sudden we fall back three, four, five," manager Charlie Manuel told the Phillies' official website. "Then we win a couple more, and we're yo-yoing back and forth. We definitely need to put a streak together, play sound baseball and run off a six-to-10 game winning streak."
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins , who drove in three runs Wednesday, is batting .381 with six RBIs in the last five contests. However, he's 4 for 28 (.143) in his last eight versus Cincinnati.
|April 27, 2013||Chris Heisey||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|April 27, 2013||Chris Heisey||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained hamstring|
|April 24, 2013||Manny Parra||15-Day DL||Strained left pectoral muscle|
|April 22, 2013||Jonathan Broxton||Day-to-Day||Bruised right hand|
|April 20, 2013||Zack Cozart||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised right hand|
|April 20, 2013||Ryan Hanigan||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|May 12, 2013||Mike Adams||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
|May 06, 2013||Roy Halladay||15-Day DL||Right shoulder surgery|
|April 18, 2013||John Lannan||15-Day DL||Strained left quadriceps tendon|
|March 22, 2013||Delmon Young||15-Day DL||Recovery from right ankle surgery|
|March 22, 2013||Delmon Young||15-Day DL||Recovery from right ankle surgery|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies turned to small ball after the long ball hurt them.
Domonic Brown drove in the tiebreaking run on an infield grounder in the eighth and the Phillies snapped the Cincinnati Reds ' six-game winning streak with a 5-3 victory on Friday night.
Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer and Cliff Lee threw seven sharp innings for the Phillies, who've won four of five.
"We're more fundamentally sound the last week or so," Lee said.
Joey Votto hit a tying solo homer off Antonio Bastardo in the eighth, and Jay Bruce connected for a two-run shot for Cincinnati.
Lee gave up two runs and six hits, striking out seven. Justin De Fratus (2-0) got two batters out in the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon finished for his eighth save in eight tries.
Reds rookie starter Tony Cingrani allowed three runs and five hits in five innings.
"I made a couple mistakes," Cingrani said. "I just didn't get inside enough."
After Cincinnati tied it in the eighth, the Phillies answered in the bottom half against Sean Marshall (0-1). Michael Young worked his third walk of the game with one out. Ryan Howard followed with a check-swing infield single. Jonathan Broxton came in and hit Delmon Young to load the bases.
Brown then hit a grounder up the middle that shortstop Zack Cozart fielded on the second base side. Second baseman Brandon Phillips tried to barehand Cozart's flip and dropped it for an error. Young crossed the plate with the go-ahead run as the Phillies took the lead without hitting a ball out of the infield.
"I know he throws 97, 98 mph," Brown said. "I was looking for a pitch I can drive."
His bouncer worked just as well.
Howard then scored on a headfirst dive on Carlos Ruiz 's sacrifice fly for a 5-3 lead.
The Phillies slugged their way to five straight NL East titles from 2007-11 and won the World Series in 2008. As their core players get older, fans want to see the team manufacture more runs instead of relying on homers.
"When you talk about playing small ball, you have to have the talent," manager Charlie Manuel said, adding he's tired of hearing questions about it.
The Reds closed to 3-2 when Bruce connected in the sixth after Phillips led off with a double.
They tied it when Votto took Bastardo deep to right-center leading off the eighth. Bastardo, who normally works the seventh, was pitching in the setup role because Mike Adams is day to day with a mid-back strain.
Bastardo left after Bruce hit a one-out single. De Fratus came in and nearly gave up a go-ahead extra-base hit to Todd Frazier , but right fielder Delmon Young made a leaping catch at the warning track.
"I'm concerned about a lot of things," Manuel said, refusing to single out Bastardo. "I'd like to see us play good, solid baseball. We did some things sloppy that got overlooked tonight."
Rollins blasted a 3-1 pitch out to left to put the Phillies up 2-0 in the third inning. He is batting .375 (9 for 24) in his last six games.
Lee, a good-hitting pitcher, helped himself with a leadoff double in the bottom of the fifth. Lee knocks balls out of the park routinely in batting practice, and just missed his third career homer when his drive to right bounced high off the wall. He hustled into second after trotting down the first-base line, and appeared slightly annoyed the ball didn't go out.
Lee advanced to third on a sacrifice by Rollins and scored on Michael Young 's two-out triple to deep left-center for a 3-0 lead.
"I thought it was gone," Lee said. "But I still scored. Mike got a big two-out hit."
The Reds had chances in the first two innings, but couldn't get a key hit. Lee stranded five runners, striking out Cozart to leaves the bases loaded in the second.
NOTES: An MRI revealed a strain in the middle of Adams' back. ... The Phillies recalled RHP B.J. Rosenberg from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and optioned LHP Raul Valdes down. ... Rollins is tied with Chase Utley for the team lead with 16 extra-base hits. ... The Reds are 8-3 on the road since losing eight in a row away from home in April. ... Frazier is hitless in his last 19 at-bats. ... Cincinnati swept a three-game series at home vs. the Phillies last month. .. Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 3.76 ERA) takes the mound for the Reds against Kyle Kendrick (4-1, 2.47 ERA) on Saturday afternoon.