Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Former Phillie Scott Rolen paced the Reds’ offense with a two-run homer and three RBI, while Johnny Cueto tossed eight solid innings on the mound, as Cincinnati handled Philadelphia, 7-3, in the opener of a three-game set at Great American Ball Park.
Orlando Cabrera and Joey Votto each had three hits and an RBI for the Reds, who have won six of their last seven. Ramon Hernandez knocked in a run and scored once for the victors.
Cueto (8-2) allowed just one run on six hits to pick up his first career victory against the Phillies. He was 0-2 with a 15.26 earned run average in two previous starts versus Philadelphia.
Raul Ibanez belted a two-run homer and drove in three runs for the Phillies, who had won five of six coming in. Ryan Howard had two hits and scored a run in defeat.
Kyle Kendrick (4-3) gave up six runs — five earned — on eight hits in a 6 1/3-inning start to take the loss. Kendrick, who also struck out four and walked no batters, fell to 3-1 lifetime against the Reds.