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Phillips' homer, slam power Reds past Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Brandon Phillips finally knows what it feels
like to hit a grand slam.

"That was my first ever grand slam. I never even hit one in
little league," Phillips said. "It really felt good. I just have
to find someone to give the ball to other than myself."

Phillips, a career .216 hitter, also had his first two-homer
game to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 12-8 on
Thursday night.

Trailing 6-2, the Reds scored 10 straight runs to make it 12-6,
including five in the sixth capped when Phillips, who was acquired
by the Reds from Cleveland for cash or a player to be named later
on April 7, hit his two-out grand slam off reliever Mike Adams.

"I was just trying to make contact and put that ball in play,"
Phillips said. "When you do that, nice things can happen."

Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer in the fifth off Brewers
reliever Justin Lehr (1-1), who had just entered for starter Tomo
Ohka, to give the Reds a 7-6 lead, Cincinnati's first advantage
since it was 2-0 in the second.

Encarnacion and Phillips, the seventh and eighth hitters,
combined to go 4-for-8 with nine RBI and five runs.

Milwaukee scored two runs in the eighth to make it 12-8. Chad
Moeller hit a homer off Matt Belisle (1-0) and Carlos Lee drove in
his 16th run of the season with an RBI single. With the bases
loaded, reliever Todd Coffey struck out Rickie Weeks and Prince
Fielder to end the threat.

"We had Rickie and Prince both up there," manager Ned Yost
said. "Any time you can get the tying run to the plate in a ball
game you've done a pretty good job, but the score doesn't really
reflect that."

The Brewers scored three each in the second and third to take a
6-2 lead. In between, Reds manager Jerry Narron was thrown out for
arguing a call in the third inning.

Narron jumped up and down before being tossed by crew chief
Charlie Reliford when Fielder seemed to be pulled off the bag by
Weeks' throw on Scott Hatteberg's grounder. Replays appeared to
show Fielder came off the bag as the throw arrived.

"I think he ran me for a lack of elevation," Narron
deadpanned. "Sometimes I tend to get sarcastic with the umpires
and obviously he didn't like that. I really think he ran me because
I embarrassed myself by not being able to jump very high."

Bill Hall led the bottom of the third with a homer to left.
Later, Ohka, who was 1-for-18 against the Reds in his career, hit
an RBI single through a drawn in infield and Brady Clark added his
second sacrifice fly to make it 6-2.

But Milwaukee played sluggish after coming off a nine-game road
trip where the Brewers went 3-6.

"It was ugly from the get go," Brewers catcher Damian Miller
said. "We played like we were tired."

Cincinnati starter Dave Williams lasted three innings, giving up
six runs and eight hits.

Ohka also gave up six runs and eight hits in four innings.

Phillips' two-run homer to center came in the fourth inning to
cut Milwaukee's lead to 6-4, and Ohka gave up an unearned run later
in the inning when his bad throw of a chopper pulled Fielder off
the bag and allowed Felipe Lopez to score to make it 6-5.

"It was great to see a young guy like Brandon Phillips have the
kind of night that he did," Narron said. "He's a very talented
baseball player. He's got all the abilities. We'll just have to see
if, at the major league level, he can be consistent."

Game notes
The Reds scored three runs without an RBI -- two on
Milwaukee errors and one on a double play. ... Yost discounts Lee's
strong start (eight home runs in 16 games) has anything to do with
his upcoming free agency. Yost says Lee is more comfortable and
selective at the plate. ... The game was the first this season at
Miller Park with the 12,000-ton retractable roof open. Last season,
the Brewers were 31-23 with the roof open. ... Reds CF Ryan Freel
extended his hitting streak to seven games.