CINCINNATI — Brandon Phillips helped the Cincinnati Reds get through their illness with another strong game against his former team, hitting a two-run homer and driving in three runs in a 5-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.
Phillips' two-run shot in the seventh inning made it 58 straight games with at least one homer at Great American Ball Park since July 29, the longest active streak in the majors.
Phillips also had an RBI single off Derek Lowe (7-5) and three hits overall against the team that gave up on him and traded him at the start of the 2006 season. Phillips is a .347 career hitter against Cleveland.
Mat Latos (5-2) pitched seven innings in place of Mike Leake, one of several Reds hit hard by a stomach virus. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his seventh save, giving up a solo homer by Jose Lopez with two outs.
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The left-hander didn't give up an earned run in his first 24 appearances, but has done so in his last three outings.
Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 20 games, matching the longest in the majors this season.
The Reds were depleted by illness, with several players eating chicken noodle soup for energy. Rookie shortstop Zack Cozart missed a second straight game.