Zack Cozart made sure Brandon Phillips was going to enjoy his birthday. Both of them gave the Cincinnati Reds something to celebrate.
Cozart drove in two runs with a tiebreaking single, and the surging Reds scored five times with two outs in the 11th inning to beat the San Francisco Giants 7-3 on Saturday night.
“I think we’re starting to build some momentum, get some confidence,” Cozart said. “[Phillips)] had the big home run, birthday boy over here. It was an all-around good game. We played good defense and we had some big hits at the end.”
Phillips, celebrating his 33rd birthday, hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth for the Reds before pinch hitter Buster Posey tied it with an RBI double off hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman in the bottom half.
“During the game, everybody was like, ‘Brandon, do something for your birthday, do something for your birthday,'” Phillips said. “I was like, ‘I’m going to try.’ I didn’t really think I was going to hit a home run off that cat. I don’t know what happened. I just tried to make contact. Happy birthday to myself.”
The birthday boy @DatDudeBP puts the #Reds on top in the 9th inning with that 2-run homer to make it 2-1!
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 29, 2014
Phillips had a couple of bags full of cupcakes and a birthday cake in front of his locker, ready to be devoured.
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