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Friday, May 17th (All times Eastern)

Cincinnati Reds (25-16) at Philadelphia Phillies (19-22), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Tony Cingrani (2-0, 2.89) Philadelphia - Cliff Lee (4-2, 2.86)

(Sports Network) - Unbeaten southpaw Tony Cingrani and the streaking Cincinnati Reds hope to keep the momentum going on Friday night when they visit Citizens Bank Park to begin a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Cingrani, a third-round draft pick in 2011, has made the most of a starting stint created by an injury to Reds ace Johnny Cueto.

The 23-year-old has gone 2-0 in five starts with a 2.89 earned run average, while allowing just nine runs and striking out 37 batters in 28 innings of work.

He's 1-0 in two road starts this season, including a 5-2 win at Washington on April 28 in which he allowed two hits in six scoreless innings and struck out 11 batters.

Opposition batters are hitting just .202 against his this season, after hitting .200 in three relief outings last year.

Cingrani will be opposed by lefty veteran Cliff Lee, who's won six of eight decisions in 12 career starts against the Reds.

The 34-year-old allowed five hits and two runs in an April 15 outing in Cincinnati and got a no-decision in a game the Reds ultimately won, 4-2.

He's allowed a .270 batting average and posted a 3.79 ERA in 78 1/3 career innings against Cincinnati.

Lee was a 3-1 winner at Arizona in his last start on May 11, scattering six hits in seven innings with two walks and three strikeouts.

On Thursday in Miami, Brandon Phillips drove in the go-ahead run as part of a three-run rally in the 10th inning and the Reds swept the Marlins with a 5-3 win.

With one out and the bases loaded, Phillips hit a sacrifice fly off Steve Cishek (1-4) to left, allowing Daniel Lutz to reach home. Jay Bruce followed with a double, scoring Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto.

J.J. Hoover gave up a run in the home half, but was able to notch his third save.

Reds starter Mat Latos, who was looking to win his fifth consecutive start, allowed two runs on four hits and a walk in 8 1/3 innings. However, Aroldis Chapman (3-1) allowed the Marlins to tie the game when he gave up an RBI triple to Marcell Ozuna in the ninth inning.

The Reds have won six straight and 10 of their last 12 games. The victory was also manager Dusty Baker's 444th with the Reds, passing Hall of Famer Fred Hutchinson for fourth in franchise history.

On Wednesday in Philadelphia, Jason Kipnis homered, doubled twice and drove in three runs as the Cleveland Indians earned a split thanks to a 10-4 decision over the Phillies in the finale of a two-game interleague set.

Jimmy Rollins finished 2-for-4 and drove three runs for the Phillies, whose win streak ended at three games.

Cole Hamels (1-6) lasted five innings in defeat, during which he was charged with six hits and five runs. The left-hander has lost three in a row and four of his last five starts.

"I don't think there's nothing with his arm, because his velocity is good," said Phils manager Charlie Manuel. "Right now, the last few games, he's having trouble locating his pitches, commanding his pitches."

The Reds swept three games from the Phillies in Cincinnati in April, while Philadelphia won four of seven games between the teams in 2012.

05/17 10:26:13 ET