Votto Homers Three Times, Reds Hit Seven to Rout Cubs 9-0

Most dingers for Cincy in nearly nine years
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 11:08 PM CDT
Cincinnati Reds' Adam Dunn hits a solo home run off Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lieber during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 7, 2008, in Cincinnati.    (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
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(Newser) – Jon Lieber became only the second pitcher in Chicago Cubs history to give up four homers in an inning, and Joey Votto connected three times in all as the Cincinnati Reds powered their way to a 9-0 victory on Wednesday. Votto started a four-homer second inning off Lieber (2-2), who was making his first start of the season.

 Adam Dunn and Paul Bako also had solo shots, and Jerry Hairston Jr.'s two-run homer completed the history-matching rally. Votto and the Reds weren't even close to finished for the afternoon. Brandon Phillips and Votto had back-to-back solo homers off Sean Marshall in the fifth. An inning later, Votto completed the biggest game of his two-year career with a two-run drive off Sean Gallagher, giving him seven overall for the season.