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2B Brandon Phillips was removed from Friday's game in the third inning because of back spasms and was replaced by Ramon Santiago. Phillips appeared to hurt his lower back on a swing while at bat in the first inning. Reds manager Bryan Price said he pulled Phillips as a precaution.

Mets 6, Reds 3

Mets 6, Reds 3: Ike Davis hit a walk-off, pinch-hit grand slam as New York sent Cincinnati to its third straight loss. Davis, who found out prior to Friday’s series opener that Lucas Duda had earned the first-base job, hammered a 0-1 curveball from J.J. Hoover (0-1) into the right-field stands for his third career walk-off hit. Carlos Torres (1-0) allowed a hit and struck out a pair in the ninth to notch the win in relief.

Indians 5, Reds 2

Indians 5, Reds 2: Justin Masterson became the fourth pitcher to reach eight victories this season, and Jason Giambi smacked a three-run homer as host Cleveland snapped a five-game losing streak. Giambi finished 2-for-4 and cranked his 433rd career homer to right on a 2-1 pitch with two outs in the sixth off Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo (5-5). Masterson (8-3) scattered four hits and worked around four walks in six innings, allowing one run while striking out seven.

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LF Chris Heisey started Wednesday night's game. Heisey has hit safely in six straight starts. He missed nearly two months with a hamstring injury. "He's playing a lot better," said manager Dusty Baker. "When he hurt himself he got a chance to regroup. I told him to watch and see who is hitting well and why. He had every chance to win that job. Now he's back in a situation where he's performed well." Heisey had a rough night Wednesday, going 0-for-7.

Preview: Cardinals at Reds

After losing five of their last six games - all to division rivals Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, the St. Louis Cardinals needed a boost to snap them out of their funk. The Cardinals got that in the form of a 5-4 victory in 16 innings over the Reds on Wednesday and will try to salvage a four-game split with host Cincinnati on Thursday. The victory may have come at a big price, though, as first baseman Allen Craig, third in the National League with 97 RBIs, sprained his left foot.

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LF Chris Heisey started Wednesday night's game. Heisey has hit safely in six straight starts. He missed nearly two months with a hamstring injury. "He's playing a lot better," said manager Dusty Baker. "When he hurt himself he got a chance to regroup. I told him to watch and see who is hitting well and why. He had every chance to win that job. Now he's back in a situation where he's performed well." Heisey had a rough night Wednesday, going 0-for-7.

Reds 8, Rockies 3

(Updated: UPDATING: Cincinnati leads Arizona by six games (second graph)) Reds 8, Rockies 3: Brandon Phillips drove in a pair of runs while falling a single shy of the cycle as visiting Cincinnati evened the series at one win apiece.

Reds explode against Wainwright, rout Cardinals

Reds explode against Wainwright, rout Cardinals ST. LOUIS -- Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips exploded at a reporter before Wednesday night's game, then virtually clammed up after the game. But Phillips and the Reds did plenty of talking with their bats. Bombing St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright for eight hits and nine runs in the first two innings, Cincinnati salvaged the final game of a three-game series with a 10-0 rout.

Reds 6, Brewers 2

(Updated: ADDS: "each of" in 5th graph) Reds 6, Brewers 2: Brandon Phillips drove in three runs and Mike Leake tossed 8 1/3 solid innings as visiting Cincinnati salvaged the finale of the three-game series. Jay Bruce matched Phillips with a pair of hits while also driving in two runs. Shin-Soo Choo collected three hits and scored twice for the Reds, who snapped a three-game losing skid by winning for the first time in six contests at Miller Park.

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LHP Tony Cingrani is, for the second time this season, filling the spot in the rotation left by Johnny Cueto, who's on the DL for the third time. In seven starts this season, Cingrani is 3-0 with a 3.42 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings. He briefly was moved to the bullpen but kept on the big-league club as insurance in case Cueto reinjured his shoulder, which he did.
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