A team shouldn't make too much of a win in May.

But the Reds needed Tuesday night's 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park about as badly as a club can need a win. Let us count the reasons:

1. It snapped a six-game losing streak.

2. It was the Reds' first win in the Philadelphia in two years, snapping a nine-game skid, including the playoffs.

3. It came after they fell behind 3-1 early.

4. Jay Bruce, who has struggled mightily in the clutch, was the hero with a three-run double with two outs in the ninth.

5. The Reds are facing Roy Halladay today and Cliff Lee on Thursday.

"You got to keep fighting and fighting and fighting," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Tonight, we can get some sleep. I don't think anybody's slept over these last six games. These guys take it hard. We've been close to winning some of these games. We finally did tonight with a big hit."

Before his big hit, Bruce was 1-for-19 with runners in scoring position and two outs.

The double came off Phillies closer Ryan Madson, who had given up one run all season.

"It was big to come back and win this game," said closer Francisco Cordero, who pitched the ninth for his 299th career save. "It gives us new life. It ends a losing streak. Now we can start a winning streak."

Beating the Phillies, who dominated the Reds the past two years and swept them in the playoffs last year, made it a bit sweeter.

"It's great, especially against a team like Philadelphia," Bruce said. "They're never an easy team to beat. We pulled it out. I guess there's some significance – not because they swept us in the playoffs, but because they're a really good team. Chances are they have a good chance to win their division. To play these guys tough is really important because they're a good baseball team."

As Baker put it: "You want to win in the playoffs, you have win here."

Drew Stubbs started the Reds' rally with the score tied at 3 in the ninth with his first bunt single of the year.

"We've been urging him all year to try it," Baker said.