Well, that was an interesting game today, wasn’t it? First, Joey Votto, making his first big league start, does nothing less than go 3-3 with a mammoth homer to deep center field (and a walk, to boot). And he wasn’t alone in the heroics:

A pair of recent call-ups starred in the Reds’ 7-0 victory over the New York Mets this afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

Joey Votto, in his first major-league start, went 3-for-3 with a home run.

Tom Shearn started and pitched six innings of three-hit shutout ball to push his record to 2-0.

The Reds snapped a five-game losing streak and ended the Mets’ five-game winning streak.

The Reds’ offense broke out a bit against John Maine, who came in 14-8 with a 3.57 ERA.

Edwin Encarnacion went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Josh Hamilton was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Brandon Phillips hit his second home run in as many games.

That was a big homer by Votto, and I’m sure he still has a smile on his face. It was an important homer for Phillips, as well:

Phillips broke the Reds’ single-season record for homers by a second baseman Wednesday, hitting a two-run shot during a 7-0 victory that ended the New York Mets’ five-game winning streak.

Phillips’ 28th homer in the first inning off John Maine (14-9) surpassed Hall of Famer Joe Morgan’s previous club mark. Phillips also homered in his last at-bat on Tuesday night, when he learned for the first time about Morgan’s record.

“It’s an honor,” Phillips said. “I can’t say that was on my mind. He is a great player, a Hall of Famer. I have a lot of respect for him.”

Congrats, BP. That’s nice company you’re keeping.