Cincinnati at Colorado

W: J. Wright (3-5) L: A. Harang (4-3)
S: B. Fuentes (4)
HR: CIN - J. Randa (6), R. Aurilia (5)   COL - None

Rockies 7, Reds 5

CBS wire reports

DENVER -- J.D. Closser and Jamey Wright are out of manager Clint Hurdle's doghouse for now.

Closser had been benched once and Wright was on the verge of being yanked from the rotation, but both responded with big games on Saturday night in Colorado's 7-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Wright regrouped after a shaky start to work six innings and Closser hit a two-run double during a six-run sixth to help the Rockies win their season-high third straight.

"I'd say it was J.D.'s biggest hit to date," Hurdle said. "For him it's got to start somewhere."

Closser, batting .188, was benched for two games after fanning three times on May 14 against Arizona, and Wright was told by Hurdle to get his act together after not winning since May 9. He had gone 0-3 with a 6.43 ERA in his previous four starts.

"I told him we would not accept mediocrity. It's June," Hurdle said. "So he exhibits professional resolve after a rough first inning and gives us a strong effort."

"I knew I had to put in more good innings than bad ones," Wright said.

Clint Barmes had two hits for Colorado to raise his average to .332. Brian Fuentes pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

The Reds have lost four in a row and 13 of 16 on the road.

Colorado did most of its damage against Aaron Harang, who was 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA in his previous three starts.

Harang (4-3) was strong early, allowing only two hits through five innings before the Rockies reached him for three straight hits in the sixth. Desi Relaford had an RBI double and Todd Helton followed with an RBI single.

Harang then gave up an RBI single to Garrett Atkins before Closser drove in two runs with a double to left.

"I don't know what happened," Harang said. "I left a couple of pitches up and they put some good wood on the ball."

Pinch-hitter Cory Sullivan greeted reliever Todd Coffey with an RBI single, and Colorado took a 6-4 lead into the seventh.

"Aaron was breezing along, but he's not invincible," Cincinnati manager Dave Miley said. "They put some hits together on him, but we had a lot of opportunities."

Rich Aurilia, who drove in three runs, hit a solo homer in the eighth off Jay Witasick to cut the lead to 6-5.

Matt Holliday doubled and scored on pinch-hitter Luis Gonzalez's sacrifice fly in the eighth to make it 7-5.

Joe Randa hit his sixth home run for Cincinnati, and Felipe Lopez had three hits.

The Reds jumped on Wright early with a four-run first. Randa hit a solo homer, Aurilia added a two-run single and Jason LaRue had an RBI double.

"I almost reached my pitch count in the first inning," said Wright, who threw 33 pitches in the inning. "I came back and threw strikes and had quick innings after that."

Wright gave up six hits, but no runs over the next five innings before giving way to Matt Anderson in the seventh.


LaRue has a 12-game hitting streak. ... Reds OF Ryan Freel was given a day off after going 0-for-5 on Friday. ... Ken Griffey Jr. was thrown out at third when rounding the bag too far in the fifth inning after an infield single by Aurilia. ... The Rockies placed RHP Shawn Chacon on the 15-day disabled list. ... Colorado reinstated LHP Bobby Seay from the DL after the game.

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Players of the Game

J. Closser
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0

R. Aurilia
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Attendance - 20561
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 57
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Sam Holbrook