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Phillips ties career high with six RBI; Reds blank Marlins

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MIAMI -- Given the way the Cincinnati Reds are pitching, Brandon Phillips' six RBI were more than enough.

They only needed the first one.

Edinson Volquez allowed three hits in eight innings, and the Reds pitched their fourth shutout in the past six games Tuesday night to beat the Florida Marlins 7-0.

Nick Masset threw a perfect ninth to complete the Reds' sixth shutout this season, most in the majors.

"I believe in our rotation," Phillips said. "We have future All-Stars."

The Reds completed a 3-2 trip, during which their staff had an ERA of 1.68. They are 10-5 on the road this season.

Florida fell out of first place in the NL East for the first time since Opening Day. The Marlins are one-half game behind Philadelphia, which beat St. Louis 10-7.

Phillips had three hits, including a three-run homer, his fourth. His RBI total matched a career high, and he hiked his average from .205 to .226.

"I've been hitting the ball real good; I'm just hitting the ball at people," Phillips said. "Tonight was good night for me to hit the ball where they weren't. It was a beautiful thing."

Shortstop Jerry Hairston Jr. singled, doubled, walked, stole a base, scored three times and threw out a runner at the plate. He started for Alex Gonzalez, who left Monday's game with a strained oblique.

Joey Votto reached base in all five plate appearances. He had two singles, walked three times, drove in a run and scored twice. His average over the past five games is .529.

"I was thinking about giving Votto a day off Wednesday, but he's too hot," manager Dusty Baker said. "It was a full complement of guys having good nights."

Each of Phillips' hits came after Votto walked.

"It makes you think when they walk a guy in front of you," Phillips said. "I would have done the same thing, but you have to realize I'm a good hitter also. I tried to go out there and show them, 'Don't do that again, please."'

The Marlins extended a club record to 18 consecutive games without a win by a starting pitcher. During that span the starters are 0-7.

Florida's Chris Volstad (2-1) gave up four runs in six innings. He was no match for Volquez, who struck out seven and walked four.

"The story is the kid on the other side of the diamond -- Volquez," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That was about as dominating a performance I've seen against us all year."

By the top of the third, Gonzalez was so impressed with Volquez that he brought the infield in when the Reds had a runner at third with one out and a 1-0 lead.

Volquez (4-2) extended a personal streak of 16 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings. He looked uncomfortable only at the plate, where he spun and fell after laying down a sacrifice bunt on an inside pitch.

The right-hander pitched a career-high eight innings in his last start as well, when he allowed one hit to beat Houston on April 29. Over his past three starts, he has allowed five hits in 21 innings.

"He's not overthrowing as much," Baker said. "His velocity is down a couple of miles an hour, but his location is better, and he still has good velocity. When you're throwing strikes, you're going to get some swings on some bad pitches, like he did on some changeups tonight."

Notes

  • Gonzalez received a cortisone shot in Cincinnati for the injury that forced him out of the lineup Monday. The team gave no timetable for his return.
  • Marlins 2B Dan Uggla's fourth error of the season was especially sloppy: He misfired lobbing the ball to the pitcher after a flyout, allowing a runner to advance to second.
  • Reds manager Dusty Baker said he had no problem with Hanley Ramirez's efforts to break up a double play in the 14th inning Monday, when Cincinnati shortstop Paul Janish made an errant relay throw that allowed Florida to score the winning run. "I don't believe in dirty baseball, but I believe in hard baseball," Baker said.
  • Fredi Gonzalez sat struggling rookie CF Cameron Maybin and started Alfredo Amezaga. "It's a new league rule," Gonzalez said. "On Cinco De Mayo, you've got to play the Mexican players you have on your team."
 
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Brandon Phillips earns praise from his teammates after he notches 6 RBI in the Reds' blowout win.  (AP)
Brandon Phillips earns praise from his teammates after he notches 6 RBI in the Reds' blowout win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

B. Phillips
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 6
Cincinnati

E. Volquez
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 4
K 7
 
Cincinnati Reds
Willy Taveras, CF4110002 .261
   a- Darnell McDonald, PH-CF1000002 .240
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS4320112 .184
Joey Votto, 1B2221300 .378
Brandon Phillips, 2B5136011 .226
Jay Bruce, RF4010022 .253
    Laynce Nix, RF1010000 .344
Adam Rosales, 3B5000013 .261
Chris Dickerson, LF5010022 .217
Ramon Hernandez, C4020000 .269
Edinson Volquez, P3010010 .083
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
Totals38714748  
a-grounded out for Taveras in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jerry Hairston Jr. (2, Penn), Laynce Nix (5, Calero)
HR - Brandon Phillips (4, Penn)
SH - Edinson Volquez (3)
RBI - Joey Votto (23), Brandon Phillips 6 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Phillips 3 (8)
SB - Jerry Hairston Jr. (1, 2nd base off Volstad/Baker), Joey Votto (2, 3rd base off Volstad/Baker)
CS - Brandon Phillips (1, 2nd base by Volstad/Baker)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Willy Taveras 1
DP - B. Phillips-Hairston-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
Edinson Volquez (W,4-2) 8300470 3.47
Nick Masset 1000020 1.64
HBP - Ross (by Edinson Volquez)
WP - Edinson Volquez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 110-62, Nick Masset 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 3-11, Nick Masset 1-0
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 29, Nick Masset 3
Florida Marlins
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B3000111 .261
John Baker, C3000122 .286
Hanley Ramirez, SS4010021 .297
Jorge Cantu, 1B3000101 .306
Dan Uggla, 2B3000110 .196
Jeremy Hermida, LF3010022 .239
Cody Ross, RF2000013 .224
Alfredo Amezaga, CF3000004 .229
Chris Volstad, P1000000 .091
   a- Brett Carroll, PH1000000 .118
    Hayden Penn, P0000000 .000
   b- Ross Gload, PH1010000 .222
    Kiko Calero, P0000000 .000
Totals2703049  
a-popped out for Volstad in the 6th
b-singled for Penn in the 8th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (9, Volquez), Jeremy Hermida (3, Volquez)
PK - Cody Ross (1, Volquez)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Uggla-H. Ramirez-Cantu
E - John Baker (1, Throwing), Dan Uggla (4, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Chris Volstad (L,2-1) 6743350 2.97
Hayden Penn 2533121 7.43
Kiko Calero 1200010 1.93
IBB - Votto by Hayden Penn
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 97-60, Hayden Penn 35-20, Kiko Calero 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 7-4, Hayden Penn 3-1, Kiko Calero 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 26, Hayden Penn 12, Kiko Calero 5
Game Information
Attendance - 11087
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Chuck Meriwether