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Phillies 8, Reds 3

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (AP) — Cody Asche, Jimmy Rollins, Wil Nieves and Marlon Byrd all homered, and the Phillies beat the Reds 8-3 on Sunday.

The Reds again played without the injured Joey Votto, who remained in Cincinnati during the three-game series after an MRI on Thursday revealed a strain in his knee.

The club is hoping they won’t have to put him on the disabled list.

“We don’t want to DL him and find out in two or three days he’s ready to play,” manager Bryan Price said after Sunday’s game.

The Reds open a three-game series at the Nationals on Monday, and Price couldn’t say whether Votto even would be in Washington, let alone play.

“As long as we’re somewhat comfortable having a four-man bench, we won’t have to make a decision” on the DL, Price said.

Cliff Lee (4-4) struck out three in 6 2-3 innings for his first home victory of the season.

Cincinnati’s Devin Mesoraco had a career-high four hits, including two doubles and an RBI.

Philadelphia’s offense came to life for a second straight day. Despite playing in hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies entered Sunday second to last in the NL in home runs with 27.

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