Phillies blast back-to-back HRs to beat Chapman, Reds
Monday, May 20, 2013 11:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A stunning ninth inning abruptly halted the Cincinnati Reds' winning ways.
Aroldis Chapman gave up consecutive homers to Freddy Galvis and Erik Kratz and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied for a 3-2 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday.
Chapman (3-2) blew his second straight save opportunity after converting his first eight chances this season. The 100 mph throwing left-hander walked pinch-hitter Delmon Young on four pitches to open the ninth.
Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee pinch-ran for Young and was caught trying to steal second base, but Chapman wouldn't record another out. Kratz, who entered the game in the third inning after Carlos Ruiz left with a strained right hamstring, pulled a 3-2 pitch over the seats in left to tie it at 2-all.
Galvis followed by lining a 1-1 pitch just inside the foul pole in left.
"An unfortunate ending, stunning, but that's the game," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It kind of spoils you because you always expect (Chapman) to come through. We've got to get him out of the funk he's in and hope it doesn't last too long."
Chapman got off to a rough start Sunday against Young and seemed upset with plate umpire Tim Welke while facing the Philadelphia pinch-hitter.
"I thought I threw good pitches to the first batter," Chapman said through an interpreter.
And the lefty wasn't disappointed with the location of Galvis' homer, nor did he expect Sunday's loss to linger.
"A fastball where I wanted it," he said. "I don't see any problems. Everybody gets hit. Why not me?"
The Reds appeared on their way to their ninth win in 10 games when Chapman entered.
Jay Bruce homered and Homer Bailey tossed seven scoreless innings for the Reds.
"I would've lost a lot of money if I'd bet on that one," Bailey said. "But that's the game."
Bruce led off the second with a towering shot to straightaway center to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. He is batting .390 with four homers and 12 RBIs during the spurt.
Joey Votto also stayed hot by going 2 for 4 for the Reds. Votto extended his hitting streak to eight games, and he is batting 17 for 33 over the stretch.
Bailey shut down the Phillies for the second time this season and left without a victory for the second time. He allowed five hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
"Bailey pitched a great game," Baker said. "It was a real tough one to lose."
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