Phillies 10, Reds 8
PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) _ John Kruk had three hits and drove in four runs as the Philadelphia Phillies overcame a six-run deficit Saturday to beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-8.
Kruk also hit a hard ninth-inning grounder off the pitching hand of reliever Rob Dibble, who left the game. Dibble said he bruised the tip of the middle finger, but wasn’t seriously injured.
Cincinnati led a 7-1 after two innings against Tommy Greene, who gave up nine hits and eight earned runs in 4 2-3 innings. Bill Doran and Paul O’Neill hit their first spring homers off Greene in the second.
Kruk had a two-run double in the third off Jack Armstrong to start the Phillies’ comeback. Philadelphia scored three times in the fifth off Rodney Imes, and tied it 8-8 with two runs in the sixth.
Dickie Thon led off the sixth with a double, took third on a single by Mickey Morandini and scored on Rod Booker’s single off Imes. Darren Daulton’s two-out double off reliever Milt Hill tied it.
Kruk singled in the seventh off Kip Gross (1-1), advanced on Dave Hollins’ groundout and scored on Thon’s single for a 9-8 lead. The Phillies added a run in the ninth off minor-leaguer Bill Dodd, who replaced Dibble after the finger injury.
Roger McDowell (1-1) pitched a perfect inning of relief for the victory.