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This day in 1993: Phillies start and finish strong against Reds

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies going from worst to first and winning the National League pennant. All season long we will take a look back at each game of the 1993 season.

The Phillies let one slip away in the series opener in Cincinnati, but the bats would not allow that to happen this time, as the calendar flipped form May to June. A day after Larry Andersen took the loss after struggling on the mound, it was the veteran reliever who picked up the win as the offense came through in the late innings for a 6-3 victory. Of course, the Reds played some sloppy baseball late in the game as well to help give the game away.

The Phillies got off on the right foot for a second game in a row by providing their starting pitcher with some run support. Darren Daulton hit a bases-loaded double to score Lenny Dykstra and Mariano Duncan for a 2-0 lead against Reds starter Jose Rijo. Phillies starter Danny Jackson was given a 3-0 lead the next inning with an RBI double from Duncan. Jackson did his part on the mound by keeping the Reds off the scoreboard until the sixth inning. With two runners in scoring position following a rare fielding error by Dykstra on a ground ball single, Reggie Sanders hit an RBI single to right center field to score Roberto Kelly. Randy Milligan attempted to score from second on the play but was thrown out at home by Jim Eisenreich with Daulton making the tag.

The Reds would later tie the game at 3-3 in the seventh inning, which resulted in Jackson being chased off the mound. Andersen returned to the mound looking to redeem himself following a shaky outing the night before, and he managed to pick up the final out of the seventh. Eisenreich would give the Phillies, and Andersen, a lead in the top of the eighth inning with an RBI single for the 4-3 lead. Andersen left the game with the lead in the bottom of the inning and David West got out of the inning holding on to the lead.

The reds went to the bullpen in the ninth inning with hopes of just keeping the game within reach but it would be Cincinnati who experienced bullpen struggles in this game. Jeff Reardon started the inning off by striking out Phillies pinch hitter Ricky Jordan, but the third strike got by Reds catcher Joe Oliver and Jordan was able to reach first base. That was followed by a double from Dykstra and Mariano Duncan would bring Jordan home on a sacrifice fly for a 5-3 lead. Dykstra advanced to third base on the throw home and Reardon was pulled for Kevin Wickander, who immediately balked home Dykstra for the final run of the game.

Mitch Williams entered the game in the ninth inning after a few days off, and he worked a 1-2-3 inning for his 15th save of the season.

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