The skies opened, but Phillippe Aumont continued throwing his warm-up pitches. Phillies players looked around at one another as the few remaining fans scrambled for cover. Finally, in the ninth inning Tuesday, Wally Bell relented. The home-plate umpire waved his right hand and the tarp was unfurled at 10:48 p.m.

The second and final rain delay commenced. Nothing was decided in 81/2 innings at Great American Ballpark. No one scored. No one won. No one lost.

A 0-0 game was suspended just as the bottom of the ninth was about to start. The Phillies and Reds will resume it Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., before the regularly scheduled series finale. It will start with Aumont facing Zack Cozart in the bottom of the ninth.

"You look up there and we have no runs," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Any time they want to, we can start hitting the ball and scoring some runs. I'm not panicking or anything. If we're going to win, we need to play. We have to put our game together."

He said those words before the game, and he could say them again after.