National League Game Summary - Cincinnati at Colorado|
(Sunday, July 29th)
Final Score: Cincinnati 7, Colorado 2
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Hot as their name suggests, the Reds continued
to scorch the competition on Sunday with a 7-2 victory over the Rockies.
Mat Latos (9-3) lasted eight innings, allowing two runs on four hits with
three walks and eight strikeouts to help complete the three-game sweep.
The Reds have now won 10 straight games, which marks their longest streak
since 1999. The National League Central-leaders are 14-2 since the All-Star
break and have swept three straight series.
Drew Stubbs and Jay Bruce both hit a fifth-inning homer in the victory while
Miguel Cairo added a pair of RBI.
Jonathan Sanchez (0-2), in his second start since being acquired from the
Royals, gave up six runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings in the setback.
Rookie Josh Rutledge hit a first-inning, two-run homer for the Rockies, losers
of five straight home games.
"It's frustrating, but at the same time we have to go out and keep battling,"
Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler said about his team's struggles. "It's just
not shaking out right now. Hopefully it will turn around soon."
Cincinnati completed a perfect six-game road trip with Sunday's win and
improved to 11-2 since former NL MVP and three-time All-Star Joey Votto left
the lineup with a knee injury.
Brandon Phillips, who drove home Stubbs with a single in the first inning, was
removed from the game in the fifth.
"He had a cramp, a very serious cramp," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "I'm
hoping it's just that."
Stubbs finished with three RBI and a stolen base. He had a sacrifice fly after
Zack Cozart's leadoff triple in the third, then plated Cozart again in the
fifth with his 12th homer of the season.
Bruce followed two batters later with a solo shot -- his 20th of the year.
"We had some big home runs out of some guys and we swung the bats well this
series," Baker said.
Chris Heisey had a triple in the second inning and a double in the eighth and
Cairo drove him home on both occasions, notching a sac fly and a single,
The Reds won the season series against the Rockies, 5-1...Votto underwent
arthroscopic surgery on July 17 to repair the torn medial meniscus in his left
knee. He is expected to miss three-to-four weeks from the time of the
procedure...Sanchez was acquired on July 20 in exchange for pitcher Jeremy
07/29 20:11:02 ET