Reds 9, Tigers 4

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DETROIT (AP) – Brandon Phillips drove in four runs, Adam Dunn and Rich Aurilia homered, and the Reds ended Detroit’s seven-game winning streak with a 9-4 victory Friday night as two of the most surprising teams in baseball met for the first time in five years.

Brandon Claussen (3-4) ended a four-start winless streak, giving up four runs on 11 hits in seven innings for Cincinnati, which has won two straight since snapping a five-game losing streak and is second in the NL Central.

Jeremy Bonderman (4-3) lost for the first time since April 15, a span of five starts. The 23-year-old allowed seven runs on six hits and three walks in a season-low three-plus innings.

Detroit, which slipped a game behind the White Sox in the AL Central, was on its longest winning streak since 1993.

The Reds took a 2-0 lead in the second on Aurilia’s sixth homer and Javier Valentin’s sacrifice fly, then blew the game open with six runs while sending 10 batters to the plate in the fourth.

Scott Hatteberg started the inning with a single, and Bonderman walked the next two batters before hitting Jason LaRue to force in a run.

Phillips followed with a line drive triple to left-center. All three runners scored, and Phillips joined them when shortstop Carlos Guillen’s relay throw skipped into the Detroit dugout.

Phillips finished 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly.

Roman Colon replaced Bonderman and retired the first batter he faced, but Adam Dunn followed with a 422-foot homer to right field, making it 8-0.

The Tigers rallied in the bottom of the inning. The first three batters singled, with Magglio Ordonez’s base hit putting Detroit on the scoreboard, but Guillen grounded into a double play.

Chris Shelton followed with an RBI double, and after a walk to Marcus Thames, Craig Monroe made it 8-3 with a run-scoring single.

But Claussen got Brandon Inge to ground into an inning-ending force, and the Reds made it 9-3 in the fifth on a Phillips’ sacrifice fly.

Thames hit his sixth homer to make it 9-4 in the sixth.

Notes: The biggest cheer of the night came when the Pistons beat the Cavaliers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, despite the fact that the score wasn’t announced in the stadium. … The teams combined for 18 batters and nine runs in the fourth. Curtis Granderson was the only player in the game that didn’t bat in the inning, while Hatteberg came up twice for the Reds. … Aurilia was activated from the disabled list before the game. He had been sidelined with a right groin injury since May 4. …

AP-ES-05-19-06 2157EDT

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