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Reds score 5 in 11th to beat Giants 7-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 29, 2014 at 2:21 am •  Published: June 29, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Zack Cozart made sure Brandon Phillips was going to enjoy his birthday. Both of them gave the Cincinnati Reds something to celebrate.

Cozart drove in two runs with a tiebreaking single and the surging Reds scored five times with two outs in the 11th inning to beat the San Francisco Giants 7-3 Saturday night.

"I think we're starting to build some momentum, get some confidence," Cozart said. "'B' had the big home run, birthday boy over here. It was an all-around good game. We played good defense and we had some big hits at the end."

Chris Heisey followed with a two-run triple and Billy Hamilton added an RBI double, helping Cincinnati to its fourth straight victory and seventh in eight games.

Phillips, celebrating his 33rd birthday, hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth for the Reds before pinch-hitter Buster Posey tied it with an RBI double off hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman in the bottom half.

"During the game everybody was like, 'Brandon, do something for your birthday, do something for your birthday,'" Phillips said. "I was like, 'I'm going to try.' I didn't really think I was going to hit a home run off that cat. I don't know what happened. I just tried to make contact. Happy Birthday to myself."

Phillips had a couple of bags full of cupcakes and a birthday cake in front of his locker, ready to be devoured.

San Francisco had a great chance to win, with runners at second and third and nobody out. Chapman, however, pitched out of the jam by getting two grounders with the infield in and a strikeout.

The NL West-leading Giants have dropped three in a row and 14 of 18.

After a tight pitching duel between Alfredo Simon and Matt Cain, the Reds trailed 1-0 going into the ninth. Joey Votto drew a leadoff walk from Sergio Romo, and Phillips homered to left field on a 2-2 delivery.

"It started with the walk," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's the last thing you want to start an inning. He threw some good pitches and then made a mistake to a good hitter."

It was Romo's fifth blown save in 27 opportunities. Opponents had nine hits in their last 18 at-bats against him entering the game.

"It was too good of a pitch to hit," Romo said. "When you give him a chance like that he's going to hurt you."

Pitching for the fourth straight day, Chapman couldn't hold the lead. He was handed his second blown save in 18 chances.

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