Reds Return to Winning Ways
Prior to a 5-3 loss to Cleveland on Sunday afternoon, the Reds had won five in a row and catapulted themselves back into the lead in the National League Central.
After being swept by AL West celler-dwellers Seattle, the Reds turned the tables on the A's and took three straight from Oakland.
In their final interleague series of the year, the Reds took two of three from Cleveland at Great American Ball Park to push their record to eight games over .500.
During the winning streak, the Reds were led by the bats of Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto.
In the month of June, Phillips has been on a tear, batting at a ridiculous clip of .375 and has now raised his average to .311.
Maybe the most impressive thing about Phillips is his consistency. Against righties, Phillips is batting .312 and against lefties, .310.
Phillips had a 12-game hitting streak snapped earlier this month.
Votto has a streak of his own going. The Reds' first baseman has reached base safely in 35 consecutive game.
However Votto has a ways to go if he wants to reach Ted Williams' all-time record of reaching safely in 84 consecutive games.
The Reds will try to keep the wins coming against defending NL champion Philadelphia when they begin a three-game series against the champs staring on Monday.