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MLB: Cincinnati 3, Philadelphia 2

Aug. 22, 2012 at 10:33 PM   |   Comments

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Jay Bruce gave Cincinnati a two-run lead with an eighth-inning homer Wednesday and the Reds survived a shaky ninth to defeat Philadelphia 3-2.

The National League Central-leading Reds won for the seventh time in 10 games.

Bruce hit a leadoff homer in the eighth to give the Reds a 3-1 advantage and Bronson Arroyo came out in the ninth in a bid to throw a complete game. After Kevin Frandsen reached on an infield single to open the inning, however, Kevin Frandsen replaced Arroyo.

Frandsen moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a one-out single by Ty Wigginton, who became the potential tying run at first base. Frandsen then got Chase Utley on a fly ball to center and Ryan Howard on a liner to left to collect his 31st save.

Arroyo (10-7) gave up only three hits and struck out four in his eight-plus innings.

Vance Worley (6-9) took the loss, giving up two runs on eight hits in six innings.

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