MLB: Cincinnati 4, Milwaukee 3

May 11, 2013 at 12:06 AM

CINCINNATI, May 11 (UPI) -- Brandon Phillips hit a seventh-inning homer that became the winning run Friday, boosting Cincinnati to a 4-3 decision over Milwaukee.

Phillips also had an RBI single in the third and a scored on a double by Jay Bruce, then started a spectacular double play at second base in the sixth to end the inning and halt a Milwaukee threat.

The Reds won for the fifth time in seven games, coming up with five innings of one-run relief pitching.

Cincinnati held a 3-2 lead when Phillips hit his home run in the seventh. That score became essential when closer Aroldis Chapman allowed a run on a wild pitch in the ninth on the way to his eighth save.

Alfredo Simon (3-1) earned the win with two scoreless relief innings. Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo (3-2) surrendered three runs on five hits and five walks through four innings to take the loss.

It was the opening contest of a 10-game Milwaukee road trip and the Brewers have lost seven out of eight.

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