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Cincinnati (13-17)1101020207141

Rockies best Reds to clinch first road series

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- The missing element in the Colorado Rockies' offense has finally showed up.

Chris Iannetta and Matt Holliday hit two-run homers off Cincinnati's battered bullpen Saturday night, powering the Rockies to a 9-7 victory and a major breakthrough on the road.

Colorado won back-to-back games for only the third time this season and clinched its first winning series on the road. The Rockies hadn't won a series since taking two of three from Arizona at Coors Field to open the season.

One of the main factors was their lack of power. They had only 14 homers heading into the game, tied for second-fewest in the NL.

"We've got that club in our bag," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We just haven't used it very often. It's starting to come out more."

A local prep star and a balanced offense helped the Rockies pull it off.

Right-hander Aaron Cook (1-1) got his first career victory over the team he followed as a youth. Cook won a state high school baseball championship in nearby Hamilton, Ohio, where he lives in the offseason.

A large block of fans along the third base line rooted loudly for Cook, who gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings. He also had a double and scored a run in a performance that wasn't among his best.

"They were pretty loud after I got the hit," Cook said. "I didn't give them very much to cheer for."

Brian Fuentes pitched the ninth for his seventh save in eight tries.

The Rockies held on despite a big game by Josh Hamilton, who was the NL's rookie of the month in April. He had a career-high four hits -- two singles, a double and a triple -- and scored four runs.

Every Colorado starter had at least one hit. Holliday drove in three runs with his homer and a groundout, and Brad Hawpe drove in three more with a pair of singles. Hawpe's two-run single in the sixth off Aaron Harang (4-1) put the Rockies ahead to stay.

Harang couldn't extend the best start of his career against a team he has dominated recently. The right-hander had allowed only two runs while winning his last three starts against Colorado.

This time, a high pitch count did him in. Hawpe's two-run single with none out in the sixth came off Harang's 120th pitch.

Manager Jerry Narron visited Harang when Hawpe came to bat, thinking about changing pitchers. Harang assured him that he had enough left to get him out.

"When he came out, I told him I could get this guy," Harang said. "He said, 'All right, we'll take it one guy at a time and see what happens.' I made the pitch I wanted to make. He broke his bat, but he got just enough on it to get it over the drawn-in infield. Not my lucky day."

Given the way the bullpen has performed, Narron's decision was understandable.

"We were going to give him every chance in the world," Narron said. "If somebody had told me before the game that we were going to get seven runs with Aaron Harang pitching, I'll take that every time."

Iannetta followed with his first homer off reliever Todd Coffey, completing a four-run rally. Holliday homered an inning later off Victor Santos for a 9-5 lead, the latest meltdown by a bullpen that has the NL's worst earned run average.

Besides Hamilton's four hits, Ryan Freel drove in two runs for the Reds with a pair of singles and Edwin Encarnacion had his first career pinch-hit homer, a two-run shot off Cook in the sixth.

Notes

  • The first pitch was delayed by rain for 61 minutes.
  • Cornerback Leon Hall, the Bengals' first-round draft pick, threw a ceremonial pitch that was high but down the middle. Hall, a left-hander, was in town for the team's rookie minicamp.
  • Iannetta's homer was the third of his career.
  • Rockies rookie SS Troy Tulowitzki extended his hitting streak to a career-high eight games. 3B Garrett Atkins also extended his streak to eight games.
  • RF Ken Griffey Jr. misplayed Holliday's single in the first inning, letting the ball skip past his glove for an error. It was Griffey's fourth error in 20 games at his new position. Griffey also slammed into the wall in foul territory to make a catch.
  • Reds 2B Brandon Phillips batted cleanup for the first time in his career.
 
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Matt Holliday and Troy Tulowitzki celebrate after Holliday's two-run homer in the seventh inning.  (AP)
Matt Holliday and Troy Tulowitzki celebrate after Holliday's two-run homer in the seventh inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

B. Hawpe
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Cincinnati

J. Hamilton
AB 5
R 4
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF4110010 .300
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5110023 .248
Matt Holliday, LF5123011 .375
Todd Helton, 1B3221201 .390
Garrett Atkins, 3B5110004 .270
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Brad Hawpe, RF5123020 .281
Chris Iannetta, C5122021 .204
Jamey Carroll, 2B-3B4020111 .194
Aaron Cook, P3110011 .250
    Denny Bautista, P1000012 .000
    Tom Martin, P0000000 .000
    Omar Quintanilla, 2B1000001 .100
Totals419149311  
Batting
2B - Todd Helton (9, Santos), Garrett Atkins (9, Harang), Aaron Cook (2, Harang)
3B - Chris Iannetta (1, Harang)
HR - Matt Holliday (5, Santos), Chris Iannetta (1, Coffey)
RBI - Matt Holliday 3 (26), Todd Helton (20), Brad Hawpe 3 (16), Chris Iannetta 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton (9)
SB - Willy Taveras 2 (9, 2nd base off Harang/Ross, 2nd base off Salmon/Ross)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Carroll-Helton, Carroll-Tulowitzki-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook (W,1-1) 5.11055341 4.37
Denny Bautista (H,1) 1.2000010 1.93
Tom Martin 0.2222000 10.13
Manuel Corpas (H,8) 0.1100110 1.72
Brian Fuentes (S,7) 1100010 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 104-61, Denny Bautista 16-10, Tom Martin 10-5, Manuel Corpas 16-10, Brian Fuentes 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 6-5, Denny Bautista 1-2
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 28, Denny Bautista 4, Tom Martin 4, Manuel Corpas 3, Brian Fuentes 4
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, 3B4032100 .268
Scott Hatteberg, 1B4122102 .292
Ken Griffey Jr., RF5020024 .308
Brandon Phillips, 2B4010101 .260
Adam Dunn, LF4001111 .266
Alex Gonzalez, SS5000004 .300
Josh Hamilton, CF5440001 .296
David Ross, C3000023 .178
Aaron Harang, P2000022 .133
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
   a- Edwin Encarnacion, PH1112000 .231
    Victor Santos, P0000000 .000
    Brad Salmon, P0000000 .000
   b- Norris Hopper, PH1110000 .364
    Jon Coutlangus, P0000000 .000
Totals38714747  
a-homered for Coffey in the 6th
b-singled for Salmon in the 8th
Batting
2B - Josh Hamilton (5, Cook)
3B - Josh Hamilton (1, Cook)
HR - Edwin Encarnacion (1, Cook)
SH - David Ross (1)
RBI - Ryan Freel 2 (3), Scott Hatteberg 2 (10), Adam Dunn (17), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Freel 2 (2), Scott Hatteberg 2 (6)
SB - Ryan Freel (6, 2nd base off Cook/Iannetta), Josh Hamilton (2, 3rd base off Cook/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Ken Griffey Jr. (4, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang (L,4-1) 5855180 4.78
Todd Coffey 1111001 5.74
Victor Santos 0.1433001 4.05
Brad Salmon 1.2000220 0.00
Jon Coutlangus 1100010 4.82
IBB - Helton by Brad Salmon
HBP - Taveras (by Brad Salmon)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 120-78, Todd Coffey 20-13, Victor Santos 12-9, Brad Salmon 39-21, Jon Coutlangus 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 1-6, Todd Coffey 3-0, Brad Salmon 2-1, Jon Coutlangus 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 24, Todd Coffey 4, Victor Santos 5, Brad Salmon 8, Jon Coutlangus 4
Game Information
Attendance - 26663
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Charlie Reliford, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Tom Hallion