National League Game Summary - Colorado at Cincinnati|
(Friday, May 25th)
Final Score: Colorado 6, Cincinnati 3
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Todd Helton went 2-for-4 with a home run and
three RBI to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds
in the first of a three-game set at Great American Ball Park.
Jordan Pacheco had an RBI double and Troy Tulowitzki had three hits, drove in
a run and scored a pair for the Rockies, winners in two straight since
dropping six in a row.
Christian Friedrich (2-1) allowed three runs on seven hits over five frames.
He also struck out six and walked just one.
Rafael Betancourt picked up his eighth save of the season after throwing a
Todd Frazier drove in a pair of runs and Ryan Ludwick had an RBI double for
the Reds, who had a six-game winning streak halted. Joey Votto went 4-for-4
with two doubles.
Johnny Cueto (5-2) was pegged with the loss after giving up five runs on 11
hits over 4 2/3 innings.
The Rockies went ahead 2-0 in the second when Helton hit a two-run homer.
Tulowitzki opened the frame with a double before Helton belted his fifth home
run of the year.
Colorado tacked on a run in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead. Wilin Rosario
hit a ground-rule double, moved to third when Friedrich singled before scoring
on Eric Young's bloop single to center.
"That was my first professional hit," Friedrich said. "The last time I had one
was maybe in high school, a grounder in the six-hole in summer ball. It felt
The Reds used a three-run rally in the bottom of the frame to knot it up at
3-3. Votto and Brandon Phillips hit back-to-back singles. Ludwick doubled two
hitters later to plate Votto. Frazier followed with a double of his own to
score Ludwick and Phillips.
But the Rockies added two in the fifth to go ahead once again. Carlos Gonzalez
doubled to open the inning and Tulowitzki singled to put runners on the
corners. A Helton single scored Gonzalez and Pacheco added an RBI double with
Cincinnati put runners on second and third with two outs in the seventh, but
former Reds pitcher Matt Belisle was able to strike out Phillips to end the
"We had some opportunities, had some chances with runners on base, but just
couldn't get that two-out hit," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
A Tulowitzki single in the ninth scored Gonzalez to put Colorado up
Colorado's Michael Cuddyer was a late scratch with neck stiffness...The
Rockies won back-to-back games for just the fourth time this
season...Friedrich picked up his first career hit...Pacheco extended his
hitting streak to 10 games...Colorado has scored 20 runs in last three
games...Prior to the game, the Rockies placed catcher Ramon Hernandez on the
15-day disabled list and selected the contract of Wil Nieves from Triple-A
Colorado Springs...Votto had four hits for the third time this season.
05/26 01:51:09 ET