Brown then hit a grounder up the middle that shortstop Zack Cozart fielded on the second base side. Second baseman Brandon Phillips tried to barehand Cozart's flip and dropped it for an error. Young crossed the plate with the go-ahead run as the Phillies took the lead without hitting a ball out of the infield.
"I know he throws 97, 98 mph," Brown said. "I was looking for a pitch I can drive."
His bouncer worked just as well.
Howard then scored on a headfirst dive on Carlos Ruiz's sacrifice fly for a 5-3 lead.
The Phillies slugged their way to five straight NL East titles from 2007-11 and won the World Series in 2008. As their core players get older, fans want to see the team manufacture more runs instead of relying on homers.
"When you talk about playing small ball, you have to have the talent," manager Charlie Manuel said, adding he's tired of hearing questions about it.
The Reds closed to 3-2 when Bruce connected in the sixth after Phillips led off with a double.
They tied it when Votto took Bastardo deep to right-center leading off the eighth. Bastardo, who normally works the seventh, was pitching in the setup role because Mike Adams is day to day with a mid-back strain.
Bastardo left after Bruce hit a one-out single. De Fratus came in and nearly gave up a go-ahead extra-base hit to Todd Frazier, but right fielder Young made a leaping catch at the warning track.
"I'm concerned about a lot of things," Manuel said, refusing to single out Bastardo. "I'd like to see us play good, solid baseball. We did some things sloppy that got overlooked tonight."
Rollins blasted a 3-1 pitch out to left to put the Phillies up 2-0 in the third inning. He is batting .375 (9 for 24) in his last six games.
Lee, a good-hitting pitcher, helped himself with a leadoff double in the bottom of the fifth. Lee knocks balls out of the park routinely in batting practice, and just missed his third career homer when his drive to right bounced high off the wall. He hustled into second after trotting down the first-base line, and appeared slightly annoyed the ball didn't go out.
Lee advanced to third on a sacrifice by Rollins and scored on Michael Young's two-out triple to deep left-center for a 3-0 lead.
"I thought it was gone," Lee said. "But I still scored. Mike got a big two-out hit."
The Reds had chances in the first two innings, but couldn't get a key hit. Lee stranded five runners, striking out Cozart to leaves the bases loaded in the second.
An MRI revealed a strain in the middle of Adams' back. ... The Phillies recalled RHP B.J. Rosenberg from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and optioned LHP Raul Valdes down. ... Rollins is tied with Chase Utley for the team lead with 16 extra-base hits. ... The Reds are 8-3 on the road since losing eight in a row away from home in April. ... Frazier is hitless in his last 19 at-bats. ... Cincinnati swept a three-game series at home vs. the Phillies last month. .. Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 3.76 ERA) takes the mound for the Reds against Kyle Kendrick (4-1, 2.47 ERA) on Saturday afternoon.
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PHILADELPHIA - MAY 17: Cliff Lee #33 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch against the Cincinnati Reds at...