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Reds' Phillip Ervin records six hits in win over Rockies

By
Jake Elman
Phillip Ervin became the first Reds player since 1949 with six hits in a game. Photo by Reds/Twitter
Phillip Ervin became the first Reds player since 1949 with six hits in a game. Photo by Reds/Twitter

July 14 (UPI) -- Cincinnati Reds left fielder Phillip Ervin tied a franchise record by recording six hits in the Reds' 17-9 victory over the Rockies.

Ervin had four singles, a double and a triple at Coors Field on Saturday night. He became the first Reds player since 1949 with a six-hit game.

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"It feels amazing, especially when you come out and get the 'W.' I'm just happy we came out and I played well and we won," Ervin said.

Ervin posted Major League Baseball's first six-hit performance in a nine-inning game this season. Brewers veteran outfielder Ryan Braun had six hits in an 18-inning game against the Mets on May 4.

Teammate Nick Senzel called Ervin's performance "unbelievable."

"He's had a hell of a journey," Senzel said of Ervin, a former first-round pick who has bounced between the Majors and Triple-A Louisville seven times this year. "He's making the most out of his opportunity. I don't think it could happen to a better guy. Such a great dude. He can really play."

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Ervin's batting average jumped from .280 to .357 in one game. He has one home run and nine RBIs in 20 games this season.

Cincinnati is 42-47 this season. The last-place Reds are only 5 1/2 games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central Division.

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