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Date of game: 5/16/2014

Recap: Philadelphia vs. Cincinnati

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Devin Mesoraco hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat after coming off the disabled list and Alfredo Simon threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night to open a three-game series.

Simon (5-2) had a 7.20 ERA over his previous two starts, both losses, but gave up just five hits and one walk against a Phillies lineup that has now gone 20 innings without scoring a run.

Four of the right-hander's eight strikeouts came with a runner on third base.

Mesoraco, who had been on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, homered off Kyle Kendrick (0-4) in the first inning for the game's only runs.

Kendrick went seven innings and had little trouble after Mesoraco, the catcher, got hold of a cut fastball. But he remained winless (0-9) in his last 15 starts dating back to last August.

Kendrick allowed four hits, one walk and struck out five.

"There's one pitch he'd like to have back," said Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg. "But he threw 106 pitches and put up six zeroes after that (home run)."

Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to seven games with two singles for the Phillies, who have lost four straight and two in a row by shutout. They are 2-8 in their last 10 overall and have dropped five in a row at home.

The Reds were without former MVP Joey Votto, who was diagnosed Friday with a left quad strain. Votto, who did not travel with the team to Philadelphia, was not placed on the DL.

Kendrick got two quick outs after Billy Hamilton and Skip Schumaker started the game with consecutive singles but Mesoraco's knocked a 2-1 pitch into the flower beds atop the left-field wall for his fourth homer of the season.

It was Mesoraco's first at-bat since April 25.

Kendrick retired the next 15 batters before Brandon Phillips hit an infield single off the pitcher's glove with two outs in the sixth inning.

The Phillies stranded a runner at third base in the first, third, fifth and ninth innings.

Pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez came up as the tying run with runners at second and third in the ninth inning but Aroldis Chapman struck him out swinging on a 101 mph fastball to pick up his second save of the season.

Game Notes

Kendrick's last win was last Aug. 6 against the Cubs ... The Phillies were shut out for the fifth time this season and fourth time in their last 10 games ... The Reds started a six-game road trip ... Mesoraco homered for the first time since April 14 ... Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard had a seven-game hitting streak snapped ... Catcher Brayan Pena made his first career start at first base in Votto's place.

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