Reds Outslug Rockies On Record Day For HRs
<CINCINNATI (AP) — Brandon Phillips hit a three-run homer to help the Cincinnati Reds outslug the Colorado Rockies 7-5 Sunday in a game that set a record for Great American Ball Park with nine home runs.
Mat Latos allowed five hits — and all of them were solo home runs. Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez hit two of them, and Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Cuddyer and Dexter Fowler also took the Cincinnati starter deep.
Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier homered for Cincinnati, which finished 6-1 on a seven-game homestand during which 29 home runs were hit — also a ballpark best.
Latos (4-2) didn’t walk anybody and had three strikeouts in a season-high 7 1-3 innings to improve to 4-0 over his last seven starts.
Aroldis Chapman pitched 1 2-3 innings for his third save to help the Reds go 6-1 on the home stand.
Jamie Moyer (2-5) gave up seven hits and a season-high seven runs with one walk and two strikeouts in five innings. He also hit a batter with a pitch.
Phillips put Cincinnati ahead 5-1 with his fifth homer of the season, a shot to the left-field seats with two outs in the third inning.
Gonzalez cut into the in the fourth, but Todd Frazier restored the four-run lead in the bottom half and the Reds actually scored a run without a homer on Ryan Hanigan’s single and Zack Cozart’s double that made it 7-2.
Michael Cuddyer made it 7-3 with the longest drive of the game, a 448-foot blast off the center field batter’s eye.
Gonzalez added his second homer with two outs in the sixth for his third two-homer game of the season and the seventh of his career.
Fowler set the record as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.
In the second inning, Tulowitzki tied the game after Votto went deep in the first inning, but Bruce put the Reds back on top with his first home run since May 8 at Milwaukee. Before that, he had been 2 for 34.
NOTES: Colorado’s Jordan Pacheco grounded into a game-ending double and his hitting streak ended at 11 games. … Former Reds OF Ken Griffey Jr. visited the Cincinnati clubhouse with sons Trey and Tevin before the game. Griffey, who grew up in the area, played for the Reds from 2000 into the 2008 season before being traded to the White Sox. … The Rockies and Astros both will be allowed to add a player to their rosters for Monday’s doubleheader in Colorado. Rules allow teams to add one player each for scheduled doubleheaders, but they must indicate only 25 active players for each game and the new players must be returned to the minors after the games. … Reds RHP Bronson Arroyo faces the team with which he broke into the majors when Cincinnati open a seven-day, six-game road trip Monday in Pittsburgh against James McDonald.
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