Reds 9, Phillies 8
at Sarasota, Fla.
Monday, March 5
Reds at the plate:
Jerry Gil had two hits, including the game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. The go-ahead run scored on Chad Moeller's perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt. Adam Dunn had a two-run single in the third inning. Brandon Phillips was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run to center field in the fourth inning. Paul Janish, Joey Votto and Norris Hopper hit consecutive RBI singles in the seventh.
Phillies at the plate:
Wes Helms had a two-run double in the first inning. Carlos Ruiz hit a two-run homer to left field in the fifth. Shane Victorino and Chase Utley each collected two hits.
Reds on the mound:
In his second appearance, and first start, of the spring, Paul Wilson allowed five earned runs over 2 2/3 innings. Wilson also gave up seven hits and three walks while striking out three. Fellow fifth starter candidate Kirk Saarloos took over and pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs and five hits. Reliever Bill Bray pitched one perfect inning and struck out two.
Phillies on the mound:
Phillies starter Jon Lieber worked two scoreless innings and allowed three hits without a walk and struck out three. Alfredo Simon gave up four earned runs over 1 2/3 innings.
Grapefruit League records:
Reds 5-0; Phillies 2-3.
The Reds head to St. Petersburg Tuesday for a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Devil Rays. The Phillies will be in Bradenton for a 1:05 p.m. game vs. the Pirates.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.