CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto hit three homers in a game for the third time in his career — matching Johnny Bench as the only Reds players to do it — and Cincinnati piled up five total on Tuesday night in a 11-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Votto hit two of the Reds’ four homers off Aaron Harang (4-7), who had given up a total of four all season. Votto added a two-run homer in the seventh inning off Dustin McGowan, then grounded out in the eighth, finishing one shy of the major league record.

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It was an all-or-nothing night for the Reds, who matched their season high for homers while pulling away to their most lopsided win. Four of their first five hits off Harang cleared the wall — Zack Cozart hit a three-run shot in the first inning, and Todd Frazier had a solo homer.

It was the fourth time in his career that Harang allowed four homers in a game. He hadn’t done it since 2007, when he pitched for the Reds.

The Phillies lost their sixth in a row on the road, their longest slump since they dropped 11 straight in 2013. Philadelphia has the majors’ worst road record at 7-22. The Phillies have lost 12 of their last 15 games overall.

Anthony DeSclafani (5-4) matched his career high by fanning seven batters and gave up two runs in 6 1/3 innings to a lineup that struggles away from Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies average 3.03 runs per game on the road, the fewest in the majors.

Harang had some of his best years in Cincinnati, where he pitched from 2003-10. He’s struggled in his last two starts, both of them against the Reds. He’s lost four consecutive starts for the first time since 2009, when he dropped five in a row.


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Phillies: If right-hander Chad Billingsley has no problems after his bullpen session Tuesday, he’ll throw again in a couple of days and then start a rehab assignment. He’s been on the disabled list with a strained shoulder since May 17.

Reds: Center fielder Billy Hamilton was out of the lineup with a sore left hand. Second baseman Brandon Phillips strained his groin while sliding into base in the first inning and left the game an inning later.


Phillies: Jerome Williams (3-5) tries for his first win since May 16. He’s 0-2 with a pair of no-decisions since.

Reds: Jon Moscot (0-1) makes his second start in the majors. He took a 6-2 loss to San Diego in his debut on Friday, allowing four runs in five innings.


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