Reds win by 1 run over the Phillies

April 5, 2008 2:05:43 PM PDT
Paul Bako hit an infield single with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. Chad Durbin (0-1) walked Adam Dunn and Edwin Encarnacion to start the inning. Ryan Freel pinch-ran for Dunn, and both runners moved up on pinch-hitter Norris Hopper's sacrifice. The Phillies then brought in their infield and outfield, and Bako hit a twisting bouncer that shortstop Jimmy Rollins backhanded, but couldn't get out of his glove in time to throw out Freel at home.

Ryan Howard, who has hit a combined 105 homers over the previous two seasons, gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead with his first homer of the season in the eighth inning off Kent Mercker. But Corey Patterson tied it with home run into the Reds bullpen in left-center field with two outs in the of the eighth.

Francisco Cordero (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth for his first win since the Brewers beat St. Louis 1-0 on Sept. 20, 2006, at Milwaukee.

Ken Griffey Jr. hit a sacrifice fly in the first, and Adam Dunn scored from second on a single by Scott Hatterberg in the second to give the Reds a 2-0 lead.

Chase Utley doubled to drive in Shane Victorino in the third, and Utley scored the tying run in the sixth on Pat Burrell's double.

Griffey hit two other flyballs to the warning track, including one to the deepest part of the ballpark in center field in the sixth inning, and finished 0-for-2 to remain seven home runs shy of 600 in his career.

Notes: The Phillies activated RHP Brad Lidge from the 15-day disabled list and designated RHP Tim Lahey for assignment. Lidge had been on the disabled list after undergoing surgery Feb. 21 on his right knee. Lahey hadn't pitched for the Phillies after being claimed off waivers from the Chicago Cubs on March 28. ... Reds C Javier Valentin was available to pinch-hit and catch in an emergency after leaving Friday's game in the sixth inning with a strained left hamstring ... Utley has scored 14 runs and driven in 14 in his last seven games against the Reds.