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Phillips breaks finger in Reds' win

Phillips breaks finger in Reds' win

MILWAUKEE -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips suffered a broken right index finger during the 11th inning of a 5-4 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night.

In the top of the 11th against reliever Seth McClung, Phillips bunted a 94-mph fastball foul but caught his right index finger on the ball. Two pitches later, he was still able to lace a hard RBI single to right-center field that scored Corey Patterson with the go-ahead run.

Phillips remained in the game for the bottom half of the 11th. It wasn't until X-rays were taken after the game that a fracture was revealed.

On Wednesday, Phillips will head back to Cincinnati to be examined by team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek.

Phillips has been one of the Reds' more durable players since he joined the team in 2006. He played 149 games in 2006 and 158 in 2007. He played 141 of Cincinnati's 145 games this season and batted .261 with 21 home runs and a team-leading 77 RBIs.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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