CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Cole Hamels looked healthy. Shane Victorino got another game-turning hit. Nice way for the Philadelphia Phillies to return from two unexpected days off. Hamels was solid for six innings of his return from the disabled list, and Victorino hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning Monday night, setting up a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Victorino snapped an 0-for-11 slump with his homer off right-hander Homer Bailey (7-6), improving the Phillies to 4-1 against Cincinnati. Philadelphia came away with a sense that its formidable rotation was back in form. "He looked very sharp, very good," Victorino said. "If youd told me he was on the DL for 15 days, Id have said, No way. I hope to keep that Cole the rest of the way. I think hes back." Hamels held the Reds to two hits -- one a misplayed fly ball -- in six innings, an encouraging return by the left-hander who was sidelined by an inflamed pitching shoulder. "It was a real good night for him, real good," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We didnt want to push him. At the same time, he felt good." Antonio Bastardo (6-0) fanned three in his one inning of relief. Dave Sappelts infield single drove in a run in the eighth, cutting it to 3-2. Ryan Madson gave up a hit in the ninth before finishing it off for his 24th save in 26 chances. The Phillies were coming off two unplanned days off because of the storm Irene. The rainouts left them with a formidable schedule the rest of the way -- 33 games in 31 days. So far, no problem. Hamels made his first start since Aug. 12 expecting good results. He got them against a team he has dominated throughout his career. Hamels fanned seven without walking a batter, throwing 50 strikes out of 76 pitches before leaving with the score tied at one. He remained 8-0 in his career against the Reds, including a shutout at Great American Ball Park that completed the Phillies playoff sweep last season. "I want to finish the season healthy and go into the post-season healthy," Hamels said. "Thats the ultimate goal." Bailey fanned a season-high nine batters, but made one bad pitch out of 100 that turned the game. "When youre playing a team that has the pitching that they have, theyre accustomed to playing low-scoring, close games, and one pitch can be the difference," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. Bailey fanned Victorino on a breaking ball with two runners aboard in the fifth. Bailey started him with another curve in the eighth, and Victorino -- batting .344 in the seventh inning or later -- was ready. "Hes getting a lot of extra-base hits, and it seems every one he gets is big for us at this moment," Manuel said. Misplays in the outfield set up the first two runs. Brandon Phillips extended his hitting streak to 12 games -- longest by a Red this season -- when Hunter Pence slipped on the warning track while trying to catch his fly ball. Pences feet went out from under him, allowing the ball to drop just out of his reach for a triple. Phillips scored on Toronto native Joey Vottos groundout. Sappelt, a rookie, had a bad moment in left field in the fifth. He initially broke back on Wilson Valdezs line drive, then came in, dived and missed the ball, letting it skip past him for an RBI double that tied it at one. Hamels pitched out of a threat in the sixth, when the Reds got a runner to third with two outs. He fanned Sappelt for the third time to end the inning. The game marked Yonder Alonsos professional debut at third base for the Reds, who are trying to find a position for their former first-round draft pick. Alonso didnt get any balls hit his way. He grounded out and struck out three times, including in the ninth against Madson. Notes: The Phillies have gone 33 road games without consecutive losses, the best such streak in club history. ... Manuel sees one area the Phillies could improve through trade. 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Shanahan said he is benching Griffin to keep the quarterback healthy for the off-season, pointing out the 24 sacks and other hits Griffin has taken over the last five games. He said he ran the idea by owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen, and that both offered their support. "Youve got to take a look at the risk and reward," Shanahan said. "And with Robert I thought that his hits were piling up on him, giving him his toll, and I was afraid that we would set him back." Shanahan cited the need for Griffin to have a full off-season of development after missing this years workouts while rehabbing from knee surgery. But theres no certainty that Shanahan will be around to coach in the off-season: The Redskins have lost five straight and are 3-10, their third losing season in Shanahans four years in Washington. "I think anytime you have a year left on your contract and you have three wins, thats going to be out there," Shanahan said Griffin was clearly unhappy with Shanahans move. "I expressed my desire to play," Griffin said. "Of course I want to be out there and finish the season with my guys, see it through. He explained to me his reasoning, and at the end of the day Coachs decision is what we go with it." Cousins took the first-team snaps as the team worked out in the indoor practice bubble to prepare for Sundays game against the Atlanta Falcons. Players say Griffin ran the scout team. The benching is the latest twist in a Shanahan-Griffin relationship that has been bordering on contentious since a playoff loss to Seattle last season, when Griffin remained in the game even though he was clearly injured. Shanahan conceded for the first time Wednesday that continuing to play Griffin "cost us the game." Griffin had reconstructive knee surgery a few days later and missed vital months of developmmental work before returning for Week 1 in September, but he hasnt been the same player that won the leagues Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012.dddddddddddd With defences taking away the read-option, he has struggled as a drop-back passer, ranking 26th in the NFL in passer rating with 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. However, while Griffin hasnt had the same explosiveness, both he and Shanahan have insisted that the quarterback is medically healthy. Until this week, Shanahan publicly quashed any suggestions about a possible switch, saying Griffin needs as much game experience as possible. Shanahan said Wednesday that he first brought up the idea of benching Griffin last week in a conversation with Snyder, having decided that risk of injury outweighed the reward of experience. Both Griffin and Cousins are second-year players. Cousins played in all or part of four games, including the playoff loss, last season because of various Griffin injuries. Grossman hasnt taken a regular season snap since 2011. In recent days, the open question has been whether Shanahan might resign -- and thus forfeit a years salary -- or wait to be fired at the end of the season. Theres also the possibility he and Snyder could negotiate a settlement, and that the benching of a healthy franchise player could in some way be Shanahans way of getting some leverage in those talks. "Somebody said, Hey, the reason why youre going with Kirk is youre trying to get fired and get a year left on your contract," Shanahan said. "If I want to try to get fired, Im not going to call up Dan Snyder and ask his opinion on a player (when) I dont have to. And if he says no, Im not going to go in that direction." But Shanahan again conceded he might not return for a fifth season. "I dont know until I sit down with Dan," Shanahan said. "Then well find out what I think. Ill give him my opinions, and hell give me his opinions. Maybe we just hit it off and everything and I get that 12-, 15-year contract." "Well, maybe three-year," he added with a smile. "Whatever it is. Thats where grown men talk at the end of the year and you find out, Hey, whats the best way to go." ' ' '