Phillies 2, Reds 0

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CINCINNATI – Jon Lieber took a perfect game into the seventh inning and gave up two hits in 8 2-3 innings to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 on Saturday night.

Lieber (3-4) didn’t allow a walk and struck out six to earn his third straight win.

The 36-year-old right-hander retired the first 20 batters he faced before Adam Dunn lined a single up the middle past shortstop Jimmy Rollins with two outs in the seventh inning. Lieber regrouped to get Austin Kearns to fly out to right fielder Chris Roberson in foul territory.

The only other hit Lieber gave up was a two-out single to pinch-hitter Ken Griffey Jr. in the ninth inning. Tom Gordon got the final out for his 12th save in 13 opportunities.

The Phillies have won 12 of their last 13 games and have handed the Reds their first back-to-back losses at home this season. The loss guaranteed Cincinnati its first losing series at home in seven series this season.

Reds’ left-hander Dave Williams almost matched Lieber pitch for pitch. He allowed a first-inning single up the middle by Shane Victorino and a fifth-inning single to left by Sal Fasano. They were the only two Phillies batters to reach base until center fielder Quinton McCracken dropped Ryan Howard’s routine fly ball with two outs in the seventh inning. David Bell followed with a run-scoring double to right field.

Williams hit Chase Utley to lead off the ninth inning. Utley stole second, moved to third on Pat Burrell’s single to right and scored on a wild pitch by reliever Todd Coffey.

Williams allowed five hits and no walks with five strikeouts in 8 1-3 innings, his longest outing of the season.

Notes: Phillies CF Shane Victorino’s streak of hits in consecutive at bats ended at seven with a third-inning foul popup to C Jason LaRue. Victorino singled up the middle in the first. The Phillies club record is nine, held by three players. … Roberson’s eighth-inning leadoff single was his first career hit … RHP Julio Santana was placed on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right elbow, and RHP Geoff Geary was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. … RF Bobby Abreu was scratched from the original starting lineup with back spasms.

AP-ES-05-13-06 2029EDT


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