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Lieberthal homer rallies Phils past Reds

Postby WebHamster » Thu Apr 15, 2004 9:00 pm

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Mike Lieberthal's three-run homer highlighted a four-run eighth inning, as the Philadelphia Phillies fought back for a 6-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds at brand new Citizens Bank Park.

David Bell added a two-run homer for the Phillies, who posted their second win of the season (2-6) and first at Citizens Bank Park. Placido Polanco and Marlon Byrd had two hits apiece in the victory as Philly ended a five-game skid in the process.

"This is a big win for us," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "We needed this win bad."

Thursday's game was the finale of a rain-shortened, two-game series. Wednesday night's game was postponed due to inclement weather. The game was rescheduled for Monday, June 14.

Rheal Cormier (2-2) evened his record with the win in relief. The lefty walked a batter in a scoreless eighth inning. Vicente Padilla lasted five innings and was touched for four runs on five hits.

Juan Castro drove in a pair of runs and Sean Casey added two hits and scored twice for the Reds, who have lost two of their last three games. Ryan Wagner (0-1) was dealt the loss, yielding three runs and three hits in one-third of an inning.

Trailing by a 4-2 score heading into the bottom of the eighth, Lieberthal's three-run homer highlighted a four-run rally that gave Philadelphia the lead for good.

"It was nice to see us get some runs," Bowa added.

Phil Norton was on the hill and Polanco led off with an infield single. Bobby Abreu was walked but was out at second when Jim Thome reached on a fielder's choice. Wagner then took over for Norton and Pat Burrell greeted him with a bloop single to right, scoring Polanco.

Lieberthal followed with a three-run homer to left field and the Phillies had a 6-4 advantage.

"Lieberthal came up big," Bowa said. "He picked us up."

New Phillies closer Billy Wagner then shut the door in the ninth for his second save of the season.

"It was fun to get off the schneid and pick up a much-needed win," Wagner said.

Padilla ran into some trouble in the second inning and the Reds opened the scoring. Sean Casey stroked a one-out single to center field off Padilla, who then walked Adam Dunn. Jason LaRue followed with a base hit down the right- field line, scoring Casey for a 1-0 lead.

Padilla had a chance to redeem himself at the plate in the home half, but he struck out looking with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Cincinnati collected three more runs off Padilla in the fourth inning for a 4-0 lead. Austin Kearns walked and Casey singled to start the frame and both advanced when Dunn grounded out.

After LaRue was intentionally walked to load the bases, Castro hit a two-run double to the wall in right field. LaRue was gunned down at the plate trying to score from first and Castro ended up at third. Padilla then threw a pitch in the dirt past Lieberthal and Castro scored for a four-run cushion.

Jose Acevedo was cruising until the seventh inning when Bell struck for a two- run homer to put Philadelphia on the board. Lieberthal popped out leading off and Byrd followed with a liner back to the mound for a hit. The ball glanced off Acevedo's right hand, but he stayed in the game.

Bell was the next batter and clubbed a 3-1 pitch to the stands in left field for a 4-2 score. Norton relieved Acevedo and got the next two batters out to avoid any further damage.

LaRue finished with two hits and an RBI for the Reds. Acevedo allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings.
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