Arroyo, Votto lead Reds' pummeling of Phils

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

PHILADELPHIA -- The Cincinnati Reds have typically not done well at Citizens Bank Park. But on Saturday afternoon they made themselves right at home.
Bronson Arroyo and Alfredo Simon combined on a six-hit shutout and Joey Votto went 4 for 4 with a two-run homer as the Reds battered the Philadelphia Phillies 10-0.
Ryan Hanigan added a three-run homer for the Reds, who won for the seventh time in eight games. They also improved to just 12-23 in Citizens Bank Park, which opened in 2004.
"We've seen too many games here slip away," said Arroyo, who evened his record at 4-4.
The veteran right-hander used a variety of off-speed pitches to good advantage -- several were clocked at no more than 75 mph, and some were in the high 60s -- as he allowed five hits in 7 2/3 innings to win his second straight start and beat the Phillies for the third consecutive time.
"I didn't feel I had unbelievable stuff," said Arroyo, who struck out six and walked two. "I was changing speeds a lot. That gave me a chance to be efficient."
It was the sixth time in 43 games the Phillies have been shut out this season, matching their total from all last year. It was also the fourth time they have been blanked at home, the most since they were shut out five times in 2011.
"We used to hit Arroyo, if you remember," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "Then the last three times he's pitched against us he's pitched the same kind of game. He pitches backwards. He threw us a lot of slow hooks, a lot of changeups and spotted fastballs. And the last three times he's pitched against us he's given us fits."
Simon worked the last 1 1/3 innings for Cincinnati.
Votto, who had two singles, a double and two walks in addition to his ninth-inning homer off Chad Durbin, had never reached base six times in one game before. The perennial All-Star first baseman also homered Friday -- he now has six this season -- and has hit safely in seven straight games.
"I took several good swings in Philadelphia," he said. "I was missing quite a bit before that. Here, I've had quite a few really good swings. Hopefully, that's a trend heading in the right direction for me."
Reds manager Dusty Baker said, "Joey Votto, when he's right, he's one of the best there is."
Hanigan, Arroyo's batterymate, ripped a 1-1 fastball from Kyle Kendrick (4-2) into the left-field seats with two men aboard in the second, staking Cincinnati to a 3-0 lead. It was his first homer since July 6, 2012, at San Diego.
Zack Cozart added an RBI double in the sixth, and the Reds broke it open by scoring four times in the eighth on Jay Bruce's sacrifice fly, a wild pitch by Phillies reliever Phillippe Aumont, Todd Frazier's RBI single and Donald Lutz's run-scoring double.
Bruce, Frazier, Lutz and Shin-Soo Choo each had two hits for the Reds, who generated 16 in all.
Kendrick, who was seeking to match a career-high five-game winning streak, allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out two, walked four and hit a batter.
Frazier and Lutz began the second with singles for Cincinnati, setting the stage for Hanigan's homer.
Kendrick hit Hanigan with a pitch leading off the sixth. Arroyo sacrificed Hanigan to second, and with two outs the righty-hitting Cozart slapped his double down the first-base line, driving in the run.
Choo singled off reliever B.J. Rosenberg to start the eighth. One out later, Votto and Brandon Phillips singled to load the bases. Bruce followed with his sacrifice fly off Jeremy Horst. Aumont wild-pitched Votto home, and Frazier and Lutz drove in runs with a single and double, respectively.
NOTES: Bruce extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games. It is the team's longest active streak. ... Phillips extended his hitting streak to six. ... Frazier's second-inning single snapped an 0-for-19 slump. ... The Phillies' Jimmy Rollins went 1 for 3, extending his hitting streak to seven games. ... Before the game, the Reds optioned pitcher Tony Cingrani, who started Friday's game, to Class AAA Louisville and recalled infielder Neftali Soto. Soto made his major-league debut as a defensive replacement at first base in the bottom of the ninth.

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