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CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart went 3-for-5 with a single, double and a two-run home run, helping complete a three-game sweep of Philadelphia with an 11-2 victory Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park.

Todd Frazier hit his fourth home run for the Reds, who swept the Phillies in a three-game series in Cincinnati for the first time since 1995.

Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis hit a two-run home run in the eighth off Justin Freeman, who was making his major-league debut. Galvis entered the game in the sixth inning.

Cincinnati's 15-hit barrage came on the heels of Tuesday's suspended game in which the Reds managed just two hits through eight innings. When the game was resumed on Wednesday, the Reds scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to win it 1-0. Then they kept on scoring.

Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake (1-2) allowed just three hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter.

Leake also shined at the plate Wednesday, tying a career high with three hits and scoring three runs, the most for a Reds pitcher since 1988.

Phillies starter John Lannan (0-1) didn't pitch past the second inning, giving up six earned runs and eight hits.

Jay Bruce's two-run, bases-loaded single highlighted Cincinnati's five-run second inning.

Phillies left-hander Raul Valdes allowed six hits and five earned runs, two coming on Cozart's two-run homer, in 3 1/3 innings.

Cincinnati's first run came in the first inning, when Cozart doubled off the left-field wall, narrowly missing a home run, and scored on Brandon Phillips' single.

An inning later, Frazier homered to right on a 1-1 pitch from Lannan to make the score 2-0. It was the first homer allowed by Lannan in 75 1/3 innings, the longest streak among all major-league starters.

Leake, who leads all major-league pitchers in hits the past four seasons, recorded his first triple, driving home Devin Mesoraco with the third run.

Then the floodgates opened for Cincinnati, which scored five runs in the second inning -- two on Bruce's bases-loaded single. The Reds sent 10 batters to the plate in the second, ending Lannan's outing after just 1 2/3 innings.

Cozart's two-run homer in the fifth made the score 11-0.

NOTES: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz caught seven innings Tuesday and in five at-bats hit a two-run home run and doubled in an extended spring training game. Ruiz, who's suspended for the first 25 games this season after testing positive for a banned substance, is eligible to return April 28 when the Phillies play the Mets at Citi Field. ... Reds CF Shin-Soo Choo did not start Wednesday for the first time this season. It was a day of rest for Choo, who has reached base in all 14 games. Reds rookie OF Derrick Robinson made his second career start in center field and batted leadoff in Choo's place.
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