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Reds blow six-run lead in ninth

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard watched his walk-off two-run home run in the 10th inning against Reds reliever Arthur Rhodes.
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard watched his walk-off two-run home run in the 10th inning against Reds reliever Arthur Rhodes. MCT

PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning after Philadelphia scored six runs in the ninth, and the Phillies came back to stun the Cincinnati Reds 9-7 on Friday night.

Staked to a 7-1 lead by the ninth, Reds starter Mike Leake appeared to be cruising toward his first career complete game.

Then it all unraveled.

Greg Dobbs hit a three-run homer and pinch-hitter Cody Ransom followed with a tying, two-run shot off Francisco Cordero to make it 7-all.

Raul Ibanez opened the 10th with a double off Arthur Rhodes (3-3) and Howard went the opposite way for his 17th homer of the season.

Ryan Madson (2-0) tossed a scoreless inning for the win.

On Thursday, Brian Schneider hit a game-ending homer in the 12th inning to give the injury-depleted Phillies a win over the Reds.

The Phillies couldn't solve Leake until the ninth.

Howard's RBI single made it 7-2. After a single, Dobbs followed with a three-run homer off the right-field foul pole that sent the 82nd straight sellout crowd at Citizens Bank Park into a frenzy.

It was only the start of a wild ending before the post-game fireworks.

Leake was finished after the Dobbs homer. Cordero retired the first batter he faced, then walked pinch-hitter Ben Francisco. Ransom followed with a drive to right-center that made it 7-all.

Ransom's homer was his first of the season and his second career as a pinch-hitter.

Jonny Gomes hit a three-run homer to help the Reds roll early.

Gomes drove in four runs and Miguel Cairo had three hits. They delivered after some late, pre-game shuffling of the lineup once Scott Rolen was scratched with a sore back. Cairo took his spot at third base, Gomes was bumped from fifth to fourth in the lineup and it all helped the NL Central-leading Reds in a big way.

Leake was stingy with his pitches, throwing only 45 through the first five innings. He also had three hits to improve his season average to .385.

The Reds scored three in the first inning and another in the second off starter Joe Blanton.

Blanton, the former Kentucky Wildcat who agreed to a $24 million, three-year deal in the off-season, heard a smattering of boos when he left after 51⁄3 innings.

Volquez throws 7 scoreless

Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez handled Triple A Toledo's lineup with ease Friday, allowing only one hit in seven innings in the Bats' 3-0 win at Louisville.

Volquez (3-0, 1.96 ERA) had a fastball reaching as high as 97 mph and a sharp curve that helped him rack up nine strikeouts, earning his third win during his rehab assignment with Louisville.

The MudHens finally got their first hit of the game with two outs in the sixth.

Volquez struck out the side in the seventh on 12 pitches.

He is expected to join the Reds shortly after the All-Star break.

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