Their bats awake, Phillies pound Reds again
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jimmy Rollins and Wil Nieves hit back- to-back homers in the first inning and the Philadelphia Phillies left the yard four times in an 8-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
Another outburst from a suddenly stirred Philadelphia offense backed 6 2/3 innings from left-hander Cliff Lee, who continues to pitch well against the Reds.
Marlon Byrd and Cody Asche also homered for the Phillies, who had snapped a 23-inning scoreless streak in Saturday's 12-1 win, giving lefty Cole Hamels his 100th career victory and ending a four-game losing streak.
Lee (4-4) stopped a four-start winless drought in Sunday's series finale after giving up two runs on nine hits and a walk. He is 4-0 in his last eight starts against the Reds since 2009. He helped at the plate, too, hitting a single and scoring a run.
Devin Mesoraco was 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. The Reds catcher had five hits in two games after coming off the disabled list. He hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat since last month to lead Cincinnati to a 3-0 win in the series opener on Friday.
05/18 16:55:27 ET