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MLB: Philadelphia 6, Cincinnati 2

Sept. 5, 2012 at 3:29 PM   |   Comments

CINCINNATI, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Roy Halladay scattered eight hits and Erik Kratz and Chase Utley hit home runs Wednesday in pacing the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-2 win over Cincinnati.

Kratz connected for a three-run home run in the second inning and Utley had a two-run shot in the third in support of Halladay.

Halladay (9-7) allowed six singles and two doubles -- both to Jay Bruce -- in a 7 1/3-inning outing. Her stuck out five and walked one.

Bruce's fourth-inning double accounted for the Reds' first run and he added his 32nd home run of the season off reliever Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth.

But Philadelphia had piled up a 6-0 lead through three innings to beat Mike Leake (7-9). Leake was touched for six runs, six hits and one walk in 2 1/3 innings.

Ryan Howard, John Mayberry and Dominic Brown opened the Phillies' second with singles and Howard scored on Brown's hit. Kratz followed with a shot to left-center for his ninth home run of the season and a 4-0 Philadelphia lead.

After Juan Pierre walked to open the third, Utley sent to a drive onto the terrace beyond center field that made that score 6-0. It was his 10th homer this year.

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