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Huge first inning powers Phillies

BLOOPERS dropped in, grounders found holes and several balls flew out of the park.

Once the Philadelphia Phillies put their bats down, the Cincinnati Reds had suffered the worst loss in team history.

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

It was the most lopsided defeat for baseball's first professional franchise. The Red Stockings and Redlegs never got beat this badly, and the Big Red Machine used to do all the hitting.

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

The previous worst defeat for the Reds was 6-26 on July 26, 1892. That also was against the Phillies.

Cole Hamels (5-5) was the beneficiary of the offensive outburst. The struggling ace allowed one run and three hits in seven innings to earn his first win since shutting out the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 4. "I was just jumping for joy," he 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.

Six-year history

It was the most runs by Philadelphia since a 26-7 win over the New York Mets at the old Veterans Stadium on June 11, 1985. The 22 runs were the most in the six-year history of Citizens Bank Park.

Reds starter Johnny Cueto (8-5) retired just two batters, allowing nine runs and five hits. It was the shortest outing in the right-hander's two-year career. Cueto had never allowed more than six earned runs in a game, and his ERA rose from 2.69 to 3.45.

Elsewhere in the National League, it was: Cubs 4, Braves 2; Astros 4, Pirates 1; Rockies 1, Nationals 0; Diamondbacks 6, Padres 5; and Giants 5, Marlins 4.

In the American League, it was: Athletics 6, Red Sox 0; Blue Jays 7, Yankees 6; Royals 4, Tigers 3; Angels 9, Rangers 4; and Mariners 5, Orioles 0.

In Philadelphia, Jayson Werth connected off infielder 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 RBI and a career-high five runs.

Dobbs had four hits, Utley drove in four.

The NL East-leading Phillies have won four straight games after losing 14 of 18. They hadn't scored more than 15 runs since a 20-2 victory at St Louis last June 13.


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