Brandon Phillips Homers Twice In 4-3 Cincinnati Win

May 22, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) reacts after hitting a home run knocking in center fielder Drew Stubbs (6) during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Different game, same story. One day after Mike Minor allowed four solo home runs against the Reds, Cincinnati tagged Brandon Beachy for three homers in a 4-3 Braves loss.

Michael Bourn started the game off right for Atlanta, homering in the first at-bat of the game against Mat Latos. That would be just the beginning of a big night at the plate for Bourn.

In the bottom of the inning, Drew Stubbs singled with one out against Beachy and then stole second. Two batters later, Brandon Phillips launched the first of his two home runs to center field. This one was a no-doubter, and put the Reds up 2-1.

The Reds added another run via the long ball in the bottom of the third, as Zack Cozart took one out to center field. He homered last night as well, giving him five total on the season. That made it a 3-1 game.

Atlanta responded in the top of the fourth, but the inning could have been even bigger. Freddie Freeman led off and crushed a ball to right center that bounced off the bottom of the wall. Freeman attempted to go to second on it, and was gunned down on a great play from Drew Stubbs. Dan Uggla followed with a walk, and then scored on a double from Jason Heyward to right field. That closed the gap to 3-2.

Brandon Phillips made sure that score didn't stay that way for long, hitting his second home run in the bottom of the fourth to make it a 4-2 game. This was a true Great American Ballpark home run, and just confirmed that this stadium is a bandbox.

Things stayed scoreless until the eighth, when Michael Bourn faced off against Reds reliever Logan Ondrusek. Bourn homered for the second time in the game, this one to right-center. Tonight was the first multi-homer game of his career.

Aroldis Chapman entered and pitched a scoreless ninth to record the save.


Mat Latos - 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K.


Brandon Beachy - 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.

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