Reds 9, Cubs 0: 7 homer day
Hear those fireworks?
The Reds hit seven homers today -- Joey Votto hit three -- breaking their Great American Ball Park record. It's most the Reds have hit in a game since they set a National League record with nine in Philadelphia on Sept. 4, 1999.
Votto is the 23rd Red to hit three in a game. The last was Aaron Boone May 8, 2003.
Votto grounded out in the eighth in his bid to tie the MLB record.
Edinson Volquez (5-1) had another great outing -- seven innings, four hits, six walks, 10 strikeouts. His ERA is 1.06 after seven starts. He's allowed 28 hits, 24 walks and struck out 52 in 42 1/3 innings. He struck out DLee with a 94 mph fastball to finish his day.
The Reds hit four homers in the second inning. That tied a club record for home runs in an inning. The last time they did it was Aug. 17, 1996. Eddie Taubensee, Reggie Sanders, Jeff Branson and Barry Larkin hit them.
It's only the second time a Cub pitcher allowed four homers in an inning.
Votto and Adam Dunn went back-to-back to start in the second. An out later, Paul Bako went deep. All three were to nearly the same place in the right-field seats. Edinson Volquez singled. Corey Patterson took a called third strike. Then Jerry Hairston went deep to left.
Jon Lieber had only given up two home runs coming in.
Brandon Phillips and Votto went back-to-back in the fifth. Phillips' hit off the foul pole. Votto's went into the Reds' bullpen in right-center.
Phillips left the game with a bruised left calf. He fouled a ball off it.