- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - A hard-to-describe feeling comes over Cole Hamels every time he faces the Cincinnati Reds, especially in their hitter-friendly ballpark.

The left-hander just feels good from the first pitch to the on-field high-fives at the end.

Hamels pitched into the eighth inning as he stayed unbeaten in his career against Cincinnati, and Jimmy Rollins moved closer to the Phillies’ hit record with a solo homer, leading Philadelphia to an 8-0 victory Friday night.

The Phillies ended their longest losing streak of the season at six games. Cincinnati dropped its third straight.


Hamels (2-3) improved to 10-0 in 13 career appearances against the Reds, holding them to three runs or less each time. The Phillies have won all of his 13 starts against Cincinnati, including his five-hit shutout during the 2010 playoffs.

Hamels made his big league debut at Great American Ball Park in 2006 with five shutout innings, and he remembers that feeling every time he returns.

“It’s a great memory and it’s everlasting,” said Hamels, who allowed five hits and struck out seven in 7 2-3 innings, throwing 125 pitches. “That’s what I take from it: ‘This is it, this is what I worked for since I was a little kid.’ I take it out there year after year.”

The Phillies piled up 11 hits with eight players getting at least one.

“A lot of guys contributed,” manager Ryne Sandberg said. “That will go a long way going into tomorrow with momentum with a lot of guys.”

Rollins hit his seventh homer off Johnny Cueto (5-5), who lasted only five innings for his shortest start of the season. The solo homer left Rollins six hits shy of the club record. Rollins has 2,228 hits with the Phillies, trailing only Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt’s mark of 2,234.

Domonic Brown had a two-run double and a sacrifice fly, and John Mayberry Jr. singled home a run off Cueto, who matched his season high by giving up six hits. Cueto’s ERA jumped from a league-leading 1.68 to 1.97.

“That’s what good ballclubs do,” Brown said. “They do things like that. They pick each other up. I think we’re growing every day.”

Cincinnati’s offense remained in a deep slump.

The Reds lost to the Giants 6-1 on Thursday, with the last 19 batters going down in order. The streak reached 25 in a row before Zack Cozart singled in the third inning.

Their scoreless streak is at 17 innings and counting.

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