By The Associated Press
COLUMBUS - Andy Phillips hit a three-run homer in the first, and the Columbus Clippers never trailed in a 9-2 win over the Louisville Bats in International League play on Tuesday.
Phillips finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs. In the first, Damian Moss walked Donzell McDonald, who advanced to second on Bubba Crosby's bunt. Phillips then smacked a homer to right, his 24th this season. Shane Spencer scored later in the inning on Felix Escalona's groundout.
The Clippers extended their lead to 7-0 in the fourth, when Homer Bush was walked with bases loaded, and Crosby had a two-RBI double. Columbus also scored runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Moss (5-11) gave up eight runs and seven hits and 4 2-3 innings. He walked seven and struck out three.
The Bats scored in the ninth, on Brandon Larson's two-RBI single. Larson, whom the Cincinnati Reds sent to Louisville last week for a rehab assignment, went 1-for-4.
Brad Halsey (10-4) pitched eight innings, giving up two runs and six hits while striking out nine.
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