Phillies fall to 2 games behind Astros in NL wild card

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies couldn't come up
with another ninth-inning comeback.

The Phillies were unable to overcome a three-run deficit and
lost 3-2 to the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, falling two games
behind Houston in the NL wild-card race.

Philadelphia allowed 13 hits and 10 runs Friday night, but used
a five-run ninth to beat the Reds 11-10. The Phillies gave up only
four hits and three runs Saturday.

"The bottom line is we've got to win and keep on going,"
Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "I think we've still got
a shot. Before the game, if you had told me they were only going to
score three runs, I would have said we win that game."

Eric Milton rebounded from the shortest start of his eight-year
career to beat his former team, and Adam Dunn backed him up with a
two-run homer.

The Phillies scored a run in the seventh and another in the
eighth to get within one run, but David Weathers pitched a perfect
ninth as Philadelphia had its three-game winning streak snapped.

Weathers blew a four-run lead Friday, but bounced back to earn
his 15th save in 19 opportunities. He struck out David Bell -- who
hit the go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth on Friday -- then got
Ryan Howard and pinch-hitter Michael Tucker to ground out.

Phillies center fielder Jimmy Rollins singled in the third
inning to extend his hitting streak to 29 games, tying the major
league season high set by Boston's Johnny Damon from June 10
through July 17.

Milton (8-14) threw 6 2/3 shutout innings before giving up a run
on Todd Pratt's single against the team for which he played in
2004. He signed with Cincinnati as a free agent during the

"It was one of those nights," Milton said. "I had things
working. It was just a matter of getting ahead, throwing strikes
and getting the first out. They've got a tough lineup. When you
have Howard hitting sixth or seventh, you've got some big boppers
at the bottom of the lineup."

Milton allowed eight hits and eight runs in 4 1/3 innings of a
12-2 loss at Philadelphia on May 13.

"He had more velocity on his fastball, his changeup was slower,
and he had sharper breaking stuff," Pratt said. "He had better
stuff than he did in May."

Milton allowed five hits and one run with one walk and three
strikeouts in seven innings. He got just two outs and gave up six
hits and six runs last Sunday in Cincinnati's victory at
Pittsburgh, but interim manager Jerry Narron never thought about
taking Milton out of the rotation.

"He pitched one of his better games," Narron said. "He's
given us some really good games, but I don't think even he can
explain the struggles he's had. It's definitely there. Everybody
knows he's going to be around the plate and challenge guys. I'm
sure tonight's performance will leave him in a positive frame of
mind, no matter what he does in his last start."

Phillies starter Eude Brito (1-2) threw 28 pitches while the
Reds were taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning. With two out,
Brito walked Dunn and Rich Aurilia and hit Austin Kearns with a
pitch. Dunn scored on Jason LaRue's single to left, but left
fielder Pat Burrell threw Aurilia out at the plate to end the

Dunn followed Brito's one-out walk to Felipe Lopez in the third
with his 38th homer, a 416-foot drive into the right-field
bleachers. The homer was his first in 13 games and 46 at-bats --
both season highs -- dating to Sept. 9, when he homered off
Pittsburgh left-hander Oliver Perez.

Brito hadn't allowed a home run in 14 2/3 innings over his last
three-plus starts. He gave up three hits and three runs with four
walks three strikeouts in four innings.

The Phillies broke up the shutout in the seventh on rookie
Howard's two-out triple Pratt's single.

Pinch-hitter Shane Victorino cut the lead to one in the eighth,
following Rollins' leadoff double and stolen base with a sacrifice

Game notes
Rollins's hitting streak is the second-longest in Phillies
history. Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty had a 31-game streak in 1899.
... Burrell now has 10 outfield assists, the most he's had in a
season since he led the National League and tied for the major
league lead with 18 in 2001. ... Brito has walked seven in 6 1/3
innings over is last two starts after walking a total of three in
his first three. ... Howard's triple was the first of his career.
... Ryan Freel reached when interference was charged on Pratt in
the seventh, giving Pratt his first error in a span of 124 games
dating to May 7, 2003, at Arizona.