Reds’ Phillips leaves game with hamstring cramp



CINCINNATI (AP) — Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips left a game against St. Louis on Monday night after feeling a cramp in his left hamstring.

The problem wasn’t considered serious. The Reds called the move a precaution.

Phillips singled for the Reds’ first hit off Jake Westbrook with two outs in the fifth. He then came around to score when Westbrook knocked down Zack Cozart’s comebacker with his glove, retrieved the ball and threw it into the outfield for an error. Phillips was limping slightly when he got to the dugout.

Phillips has been the Reds’ leadoff hitter. He has four singles in 15 at-bats with two runs scored.