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By SAMUEL BOTWINICK  |  Staff Writer

The Phillies were able to pull off a tight one over the Reds with a walk-off solo shot in the ninth to top them 3-2 on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.

Entering the ninth, the Phillies were down 2-1, facing one of the most dominant closers in the game, Aroldis Chapman.  Following a lead-off walk to Delmon Young, it became apparent that there was something off about Chapman.  After Cliff Lee, who ran for Young, was picked off, Erik Kratz tied the game with a 3-2 fastball that was deposited into the left field seats.  Immediately following that, Freddy Galvis won the game with a solo shot to left.

Before the eighth inning, the Phillies had not scored a run in 16 innings until Chase Utley drove in Ben Revere with a blooper to left center, with two outs in the eighth.

The Reds started the scoring in the top of the second when Jay Bruce drilled a 2-1 fastball over the center field wall to give them an early 1-0 lead.

The Reds were able to scratch across another run in the top of the sixth.  After Joey Votto singled to start the inning, Domonic Brown made a great sliding catch, but threw the ball wide of first, allowing Votto to scamper over to second.  This proved costly as Votto later scored on Todd Frazier's double to right, pushing the Reds further ahead, 2-0.

Phillies' starting pitching bailed them out once again in another low scoring affair.

Jonathan Pettibone continued his early dominance in a Phillies uniform, tossing seven strong innings, surrendering two runs, one earned, on seven hits, while striking out four.

Antonio Bastardo, who threw a scoreless ninth, notched the win in relief.

Injuries have plagued the Phillies this year, and today was no different.  Carlos Ruiz went down with a right hamstring strain in the top of the third, adding to their already injury-prone roster.

Homer Bailey pitched well for the Reds, tossing seven shutout innings of five-hit ball, while striking out three.

Cole Hamels and the Phillies will play the Marlins at 7:10 tomorrow night at Marlins Park.

-  Samuel Botwinick is a staff writer for the Philadelphia Baseball Review.  Contact him at or @avdbkr20samuel on Twitter.

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