Gaffe-a-minute

PHILADELPHIA — The Reds were tired of hearing about Roy Halladay's historic no-hitter in Game 1 of their National League Division Series, a performance that made them just the second team to be held hitless in a postseason game.

So in Game 2 Friday, they went out and did something that, while not historic, sure was rare.

The best-fielding team in the league during the regular season, the Reds committed four errors in the span of three innings, resulting in five unearned runs in a 7-4 loss to the Phillies.

That sends the Reds home trailing the best-of-five series 2-0. And if that wasn't bad enough, in Sunday's Game 3 they're scheduled to face left-hander Cole Hamels, who hasn't lost to Cincinnati in seven career starts.

That made Game 2 one the Reds had to win — and they seemed well on their way to achieving that early on, building a 4-0 lead by the fifth inning behind solo home runs by Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce.

Phillips and Bruce would be heard from again in the seventh, though, when Bruce lost track of Jimmy Rollins' line drive to right field, allowing one run to score, and Phillips dropped the relay throw, allowing another.

"I feel like I let my team down," Bruce said. "It was in the lights the whole time. I tried to stick with it. It was a pretty helpless feeling.

"It's embarrassing. I take great pride in my defense, but there was nothing I can do about it."

That turned a 4-3 Phillies deficit into a 5-4 lead, which was extended to 6-4 two batters later when catcher Carlos Ruiz grounded into a fielder's choice, scoring Rollins.

The Phillies' first two runs were unearned as well, the result of consecutive two-out errors by Phillips and Scott Rolen in the fifth that were followed by a run-scoring single by Chase Utley.

Phillips made just three errors in 152 games in the regular season, leading National League second baseman in fielding percentage. He has made two in two games this postseason.

kbaxter@tribune.com

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