BASEBALL

Phillies Take Commanding Lead

The Philadelphia Phillies put themselves on the cusp of their third National League Championship Series in as many years Friday night, by beating the Cincinnati Reds, 7-4. The Phillies capitalized on a bad fielding error by the Reds in the seventh inning to score a pair of crucial runs. They now lead the series 2-0 and will have the chance to clinch Sunday in Cincinnati. Meanwhile, in the other N.L. Divisional Series matchup, the Atlanta Braves dramatically snuck by the San Francisco Giants, 5-4 in the 11th inning. The two teams are now level at a game apiece as they head back to Atlanta on Sunday.