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Reds offense a no-show for 17 straight innings
, AP Baseball Writer
Saturday, June 07, 2014 5:00 AM
CINCINNATI - he scoreless streak is 17 innings and counting. And manager Bryan Price is running out of ideas for how to get the Cincinnati Red' offense going.
Left-hander Cole Hamels pitched into the eighth inning as he stayed unbeaten against the Reds, and Jimmy Rollins moved closer to the Phillies' hit record with a solo homer, leading Philadelphia to an 8-0 victory Friday night.
The Phillies ended their longest losing streak of the season at six games. Cincinnati dropped its third straight.
Hamels (2-3) improved to 10-0 in 13 career appearances against the Reds, holding them to three runs or less each time. The Phillies have won all of his 13 starts against Cincinnati, including his five-hit shutout during the 2010 playoffs.
The left-hander allowed five hits and struck out seven in 7 2-3 innings, throwing 125 pitches.
Cincinnati's offense remained in a deep slump.
The Reds lost to the Giants 6-1 on Thursday, with the last 19 batters going down in order. The streak reached 25 in a row before Zack Cozart singled in the third inning.
They have only 11 come-from-behind wins this season. Once they fall behind, they tend to stay behind.
"Our inability to come from behind will be the defining characteristic of our team and what kind of year we have," Price said. "We have to fight.
"The dynamic of our team is we don't find a way to get back into games. With the talent we have, I'm stupefied at how rarely we come back from deficits."
Ryan Ludwick had a chance to break the streak, but was thrown out at home in the seventh inning as he tried to score from third base on a ball that bounced away from Carlos Ruiz. The catcher recovered quickly and threw to Hamels, who tagged the sliding Ludwick.
"He was just trying to score, trying to get us on the scoreboard and into the game," Price said. "He tried to make an aggressive play. Sometimes, you're screened by the catcher and the umpire and you can't how far the ball has gone."
Rollins hit his seventh homer off Johnny Cueto (5-5), who lasted only five innings for his shortest start of the season. The solo homer left Rollins six hits shy of the club record. Rollins has 2,228 hits with the Phillies, trailing only Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt's mark of 2,234.
Domonic Brown had a two-run double and a sacrifice fly, and John Mayberry Jr. singled home a run off Cueto, who matched his season high by giving up six hits. Cueto's ERA jumped from a league-leading 1.68 to 1.97.
"Every time I go out there, I want to give them seven or eight innings," Cueto said, with trainer Tomas Vera translating. "There was nothing I could do. I have no excuses. I just have to get ready for the next start."
Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth to get in some work. His next save will make him the 26th pitcher to reach 300, leaving him tied on the career list with Bruce Sutter and Jason Isringhausen.
The closer for the Red Sox and Phillies was the fastest to his 200th save, getting it in his 359th game. If he gets No. 300 in his next appearance, he will tie Trevor Hoffman (552 games) for second-fastest. Mariano Rivera got No. 300 in his 537th game.
Chase Utley had three hits and a sacrifice fly for the Phillies. He was hit by a pitch and was picked off first base by Cueto, who needed 92 pitches to make it through five innings. Cueto uncharacteristically hit two batters in the same inning and gave up his first homer in five starts.
NOTES: Roberto Hernandez (2-3) starts for the Phillies today against Alfredo Simon (7-3). Hernandez is trying for his first win since May 4. ... The Phillies promoted INF Ronny Cedeno, who batted .286 with a homer and 20 RBIs for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. LHP Cesar Jimenez was designated for assignment to the minors. ... Cincinnati's Brayan Pena was hitless in four at-bats, extending his slump to a career-worst 0 for 17. ... RHP Mat Latos will make one more rehab start before the Reds consider activating him. His last start for Triple-A Louisville was stopped after 67 pitches because he had a calf cramp. Latos wanted to be activated rather than make one more appearance in the minors, but the Reds want him to get to 100 pitches before he goes back into the rotation.
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