Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Michael Cuddyer finished 4-for-4 with two
doubles, a solo homer and three RBI, and Todd Helton collected his 2,500th
career hit, as the Colorado Rockies downed the Cincinnati Reds, 7-4, Sunday in
the rubber match of a three-game set at Coors Field.
Nolan Arenado added a solo shot and two RBI, while DJ LeMahieu registered two
hits, two RBI and a run scored for the Rockies, who have won five of their
last seven games.
Adam Ottavino (1-2) earned the victory after spinning three scoreless innings
in relief of starter Tyler Chatwood, who gave up two runs on four hits and
three walks over two-plus innings before exiting with a bruised right thumb.
Shin Soo-Choo smacked a two-run homer among his three hits for the Reds, who
wrapped up a six-game road trip at 2-4.
Mike Leake (11-6) had a forgettable outing, giving up six runs on eight hits
and two walks over 4 1/3 frames to absorb the loss.
Cuddyer clubbed a two-out, run-scoring double in the first to get the Rockies
on the board before Arenado led off the second with his 10th homer of the
season to make it 2-0.
The Reds responded with a pair of runs in the third, as Leake led off with a
sharp single up the middle that deflected off the pitching hand of Chatwood.
Chatwood, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game
due to right elbow inflammation, wasn't the same after the deflection, as Choo
followed with a drive over the right-field wall to knot the game at 2-2.
After back-to-back walks ended Chatwood's outing, Ottavino entered and popped
out Jay Bruce before inducing a fielder's choice groundout from Devin
Chris Heisey then legged out an infield single to keep the frame alive, but
Joey Votto tried to score from second on the play and was thrown out at the
plate by Helton to end the inning.
"We had a bunch of guys on base, but couldn't seem to get those big hits,"
Colorado pulled ahead for good with a four-run fifth, as LeMahieu followed
consecutive singles from pinch-hitter Jordan Pacheco and Corey Dickerson with
a two-run double to right to make it 4-2.
After Troy Tulowitzki walked, Cuddyer stroked a double to left to score
LeMahieu and end Leake's outing, as Alfredo Simon entered from the bullpen and
Arenado followed with a sacrifice fly to left to make it 6-2.
Cuddyer led off the seventh with his 18th homer of the year and Helton
followed with a double down the left-field line for his 2,500th career hit.
"It was mostly relief, but I was excited," Helton said of reaching 2,500 hits
for his career. "It's a big number. I'm very proud of it."
The Reds got the run back in the eighth on Zack Cozart's one-out RBI single
and added another run in the ninth on Mesoraco's two-out run-scoring single,
but Rex Brothers fanned Derrick Robinson to end the game.
Helton's double was the 584th of his career, moving him past Robin Yount for
17th place on the all-time doubles list ... Prior to the game, Colorado
recalled infielder Josh Rutledge from Triple-A Colorado Springs ... Leake
hadn't lost since Aug. 4 against St. Louis ... Cincinnati finished 4-for-17
with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.
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