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NL GAME OF THE DAY

Phillies embarrass the Reds, 22-1

Philadelphia scores 10 runs in the first inning and hands Cincinnati its worst loss in franchise history.

July 07, 2009|Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Chase Utley, Shane Victorino and Greg Dobbs went deep, Cole Hamels ripped a two-run double and Jimmy Rollins crossed the plate twice -- just in the first inning alone.

By the time Jayson Werth circled the bases after hitting a grand slam off an infielder, the Philadelphia Phillies were on their way to handing the Cincinnati Reds the worst loss in team history.

Utley hit a three-run homer and Victorino and Dobbs each had two-run shots during a 10-run first, propelling the Phillies to a 22-1 victory over the Reds on Monday night.

The previous worst defeat for the Reds, baseball's first professional franchise, was 26-6 on July 26, 1892. That also was against the Phillies.

"We got slaughtered as they used to say," Reds Manager Dusty Baker said.

Hamels (5-5) was the beneficiary of the offensive outburst.

"I was just jumping for joy," Hamels said about the run support. "When you put that many runs up, it makes it uncomfortable for the other team."

The Phillies tied a club record for most runs in the first inning. They scored 10 three other times, most recently on June 2, 2002, against the Montreal Expos.

Reds starter Johnny Cueto (8-5) retired just two batters, giving up nine runs and five hits. It was the shortest outing in the right-hander's two-year career. Cueto's earned-run average rose from 2.69 to 3.45.

Werth connected off Paul Janish in the eighth. Victorino, a candidate for the final spot on the NL's All-Star roster, helped his case with four hits, four RBIs and a career-high five runs.

"It was one of those nights where everything we hit was falling and we hit some hard," Manager Charlie Manuel said.

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