Phillies' bats silent again

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 16, 2014 at 9:55 pm •  Published: May 16, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Even a new lineup couldn't get the Philadelphia Phillies going.

Alfredo Simon allowed five hits over 7 2-3 strong innings, Devin Mesoraco hit a three-run homer and the Cincinnati Reds beat the struggling Phillies 3-0 on Friday night.

The Phillies haven't scored a run in the last 20 innings and were shut out for the fifth time this season. They have lost four straight and eight of 10 to fall a season-worst five games under .500 at 17-22. Four of those eight losses were shutouts.

"We need consistent swings and contact," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "We continue to have baserunners and opportunities, but don't get a hit to drive them in."

Kyle Kendrick (0-4) lost his ninth straight decision, dating to last Aug. 11. He allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings.

Kendrick hasn't had much help from the offense, however. The Phillies have been shut out five times in those 15 starts and have scored one run or less eight times.

"Main thing is I want to win," Kendrick said. "Just have to go out there, take care of my job and give my team a chance."

Sandberg reshuffled Philadelphia's lineup hoping to spark the offense. Leadoff hitter Ben Revere was out with a stomach virus, so Jimmy Rollins batted first for the first time in 70 games. Carlos Ruiz moved up to bat second and John Mayberry Jr. took Revere's spot in center field.

"Everybody struggles," said left fielder Domonic Brown, who has one homer after hitting 27 in an All-Star season last year. "We have professional hitters. Things are going to turn around. Just keep battling."

Simon (5-2) had a season-high eight strikeouts, walked one and hit one batter. Manny Parra got one out in the eighth and Aroldis Chapman struck out pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez on a 102 mph fastball with runners on second and third for his second save in two tries.

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