The Philadelphia Phillies overcame a 0-4 deficit early in the game to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 on Friday and lead the NL Division Series 2-0. The Phillies took advantage of the Reds’ pitching troubles to move within a win from wrapping up their best-of-five series.
Game 3 is on Sunday at Cincinnati.
Right-fielder Brandon Phillips hit a homer on the fourth pitch of starter Roy Oswalt in the first inning to give the Reds a 1-0 lead.
A run by left-fielder Laynce Nix in the second inning was set up by a grounder from Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan and pad the Reds lead to 2-0.
A homer to deep right by Jay Bruce in the fourth inning further extended Reds the lead to 3-0. The Reds lead ballooned to 4-0 in the fifth inning when Joey Votto hit a sacrifice fly for another run.
A two-run single by Chase Utley in the fifth cut the moved the Phillies to within two at 4-2. A pitching error in the sixth walked Shane Victorino and allowed another Phillies run to cut the lead to one at 4-3.
As the Reds struggled with their pitching, the Phillies went on a three-run inning in the seventh inning to grab the lead at 6-4.
Jayson Werth hit a single in the eighth that set up Utley, scoring the Phillies’ seventh for the final score, 7-4.