Davis: Hamels' 100th win 'something special'
Dom Brown celebrates with Cody Asche after his two-run home run in the Phillies' six-run fourth inning of the Phils' 12-1 win over the Reds on Saturday. (AP)
A six-run fourth inning not only snapped the Phillies’ 23-inning scoreless skid, but it also ended a four-game losing streak.
The Phillies cruised to a 12-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park Saturday night.
Dom Brown provided the big blow in the game-breaking fourth with a long two-run homer into the second deck in right field. It was just the second homer of the season for Brown, whose last homer came on April 14.
Meanwhile, the victory improved starting pitcher Cole Hamels to 9-0 with a 1.58 ERA in 12 career starts against Cincinnati.
Starting pitching report
Hamels allowed a run on three hits in seven innings. He struck out 10 and walked two to pick up his first win of the season and 100th of his career. Hamels is the eighth pitcher to win 100 games as a Phillie and needs one more to tie Curt Schilling for sixth in franchise history.
Hamels also notched the 25th double-digit strikeout game of his career, which is tied for third in franchise history with Jim Bunning.
For the Reds, Homer Bailey didn’t make it out of the fourth inning. The Reds’ righty allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks. He allowed five of those hits in the fourth inning.
Jake Diekman pitched a perfect eighth inning. Jonathan Papelbon, in his first outing since last Saturday, faced four batters in the ninth.
At the plate
Brown’s homer was also just his second since Aug. 14 and his sixth since last year’s All-Star game. Brown also hit just the sixth homer by a Phillies outfielder this season.
He added a three-run double with one out in the seventh to cap off a five-run inning.
Cody Asche got the Phillies on the board in the fourth with a two-run double. He also singled home a run with a bases-loaded single in the seventh.
Subbing for Chase Utley, Cesar Hernandez hit his first big-league homer in the eighth.
Before the game the Phillies announced that pitcher Ethan Martin had been activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple A Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies and Reds finish the three-game series Sunday afternoon when Cliff Lee (3-4, 3.23) takes on lefty Tony Cingrani (2-2, 3.34). Lee is 6-2 with a 3.69 ERA in 13 career starts against the Reds. Lee and Cingrani squared off last May 17 at Citizens Bank Park in a 5-3 victory for the Phils.