- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - The scoreless streak is 17 innings and counting. And manager Bryan Price is running out of ideas for how to get the Cincinnati Red’ offense going.

Left-hander Cole Hamels pitched into the eighth inning as he stayed unbeaten against the Reds, 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.

The left-hander allowed five hits and struck out seven in 7 2-3 innings, throwing 125 pitches.

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.

They have only 11 come-from-behind wins this season. Once they fall behind, they tend to stay behind.

“Our inability to come from behind will be the defining characteristic of our team and what kind of year we have,” Price said. “We have to fight.

“The dynamic of our team is we don’t find a way to get back into games. With the talent we have, I’m stupefied at how rarely we come back from deficits.”

Ryan Ludwick had a chance to break the streak, but was thrown out at home in the seventh inning as he tried to score from third base on a ball that bounced away from Carlos Ruiz. The catcher recovered quickly and threw to Hamels, who tagged the sliding Ludwick.

“He was just trying to score, trying to get us on the scoreboard and into the game,” Price said. “He tried to make an aggressive play. Sometimes, you’re screened by the catcher and the umpire and you can’t how far the ball has gone.”

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.

“Every time I go out there, I want to give them seven or eight innings,” Cueto said, with trainer Tomas Vera translating. “There was nothing I could do. I have no excuses. I just have to get ready for the next start.”

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