Cincinnati, Volquez Rip Shaky Zito, 10-1

Giants lefty winless in first six starts for first time in his career
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2008 12:38 AM CDT
Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips, right, is congratulated by teammate Edwin Encarnacion after Phillips hit a solo home run in the ninth inning on Sunday, April 27, 2008, in San Francisco.    (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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(Newser) – Edinson Volquez struck out a career-high 10 in seven innings, Brandon Phillips homered twice and the Cincinnati Reds roughed up Barry Zito in a 10-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. Volquez (4-0) allowed one run and five hits to win his third consecutive start, and Ryan Freel's two-run single keyed a six-run first inning for Cincinnati.

Freel later doubled and scored as the Reds won consecutive games for the first time in more than two weeks. Zito, winless in his first six starts, gave up eight runs and walked three in only three innings. The left-hander, who signed a $126 million, seven-year deal prior to last year, was booed frequently by the crowd at AT&T Park.