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CarGo's two-run blast helps power Rockies past Reds

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CINCINNATI -- Carlos Gonzalez got the perfect pitch on a night when home runs were the norm.

Gonzalez hit a down-the-middle fastball for a two-run homer in the eighth inning Monday night, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-7 in a game featuring a long rain delay and nonstop homers.

The Rockies hit four homers, one more than the Reds.

"It's kind of fun when you go back and forth," said Seth Smith, who hit the Rockies' first two homers.

Only if you win.

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"Add to frustration?" Reds manager Dusty Baker responded to a question. "The frustration's already here. We battled back, but the long balls got us tonight. We kept fighting back, but we couldn't keep it in the ballpark."

Smith hit a pair of two-run homers for the Rockies, the fifth multihomer game of his career. Gonzalez snapped a 7-all tie with the first homer allowed by left-hander Bill Bray (2-2) this season.

"It was a perfect pitch to drive to center field," Gonzalez said. "It was a fastball right in the middle of the plate."

Todd Helton also homered for the Rockies, who matched their season high with four. Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs and Brandon Phillips homered for Cincinnati, which has lost five of seven. The seven homers combined accounted for 15 of the 17 runs.

Matt Belisle (6-4) pitched out of a threat in the seventh and Huston Street worked the ninth for his 29th save in 32 chances.

Bruce got it started with a three-run homer in the first inning off Jason Hammel, his first since July 9.

Smith hit a pair of two-run homers off Reds starter Homer Bailey, putting the Rockies up 5-3. The outfielder's playing time has been reduced as the season has gone along, leaving him unsure of his role.

"I don't really know where we are with that," Smith said. "Hopefully tonight gets me back in there."

Baker decided not to bring Bailey back following a 1-hour, 34-minute rain delay in the middle of the third inning -- the first this season at Great American Ball Park.

Manager Jim Tracy chose to let Hammel return after the long delay, a move that quickly backfired. Bruce singled home a run in the third, and Stubbs hit a two-run homer for a 6-5 lead. Tracy was glad to get two innings out of Hammel after the long delay.

"I'm fairly certain Jason Hammel didn't pitch the way he wanted to, but for him to go out and give us those two innings put us in position to win the ballgame and use our bullpen the way we wanted to," Tracy said.

Hammel played catch every 15 minutes and listened to music during the delay.

"I wasn't coming out of the game," Hammel said. "I'd only thrown 30 pitches. I didn't get the results I wanted, but the silver lining is I saved our bullpen for two innings."

The rain returned from time to time, though not heavily enough to stop the game again.

The homers kept coming, too.

Helton hit a two-run shot in the fifth for a 7-6 lead. The Reds tied it in the seventh on Phillips' second career pinch-hit homer. The second baseman was out of the lineup for the second straight day with a sore right ankle, but hit the first pitch from Rex Brothers into the upper deck in left field.

Gonzalez's 16th homer put the Rockies ahead again. Mark Ellis doubled home a run in the ninth.

Notes

  • Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki had his fifth straight multihit game.
  • Smith has excelled in Ohio this year. He also had a pair of homers on June 21 in Cleveland.
  • The Reds had 1B Yonder Alonso take grounders at 3B before the game and plan to use him there at some point.
  • Colorado's Esmil Rogers makes his first career start against the Reds on Tuesday. He made two relief appearances against Cincinnati last season, giving up a run in three innings.
  • Rogers is coming off his first career win at Coors Field, 6-3 over Washington.
  • LHP Dontrelle Willis tries to get that elusive first win for Cincinnati on Tuesday. He's made five starts for the Reds and had the bullpen blow save chances in three of them, leaving him 0-1.
  • Willis homered in Houston in his last start. He has hit safely in all five starts.
 
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One solid swing is all it takes for Carlos Gonzalez to break an eighth-inning tie and send the Rockies to victory.  (Getty Images)
One solid swing is all it takes for Carlos Gonzalez to break an eighth-inning tie and send the Rockies to victory. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Colorado

S. Smith
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Cincinnati

J. Bruce
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF5220111 .265
Mark Ellis, 2B5121001 .234
Carlos Gonzalez, RF5122014 .289
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4120102 .301
Todd Helton, 1B5333003 .308
Seth Smith, LF4224110 .284
Ty Wigginton, 3B3010202 .261
Chris Iannetta, C5000032 .241
Jason Hammel, P2000021 .158
   a- Chris Nelson, PH1000001 .239
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
    Josh Roenicke, P0000000 .000
   b- Ian Stewart, PH1000001 .156
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   c- Eric Young Jr., PH1000000 .242
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Totals4110141058  
a-grounded out for Hammel in the 5th
b-flied out for Roenicke in the 7th
c-grounded out for Betancourt in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mark Ellis (20, Masset), Troy Tulowitzki (31, Bray)
HR - Carlos Gonzalez (16, Bray), Todd Helton (13, LeCure), Seth Smith 2 (11, Bailey, Bailey)
RBI - Mark Ellis (28), Carlos Gonzalez 2 (60), Todd Helton 3 (60), Seth Smith 4 (48)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Ellis (7), Todd Helton (18), Seth Smith 2 (20)
SB - Dexter Fowler (8, 2nd base off LeCure/Hernandez), Ty Wigginton (7, 2nd base off Arredondo/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Gonzalez 1
DP - C. Gonzalez-Tulowitzki
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Hammel 4466222 5.14
Matt Reynolds 1000100 3.63
Josh Roenicke (H,1) 1100010 0.00
Rex Brothers (BS,2) 0.2211101 4.44
Matt Belisle (W,6-4) 0.1000000 3.78
Rafael Betancourt (H,22) 1000030 3.69
Huston Street (S,29) 1000020 4.06
HBP - Hernandez (by Jason Hammel)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 65-39, Matt Reynolds 10-4, Josh Roenicke 11-8, Rex Brothers 16-10, Matt Belisle 4-3, Rafael Betancourt 16-10, Huston Street 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 6-4, Matt Reynolds 1-1, Rex Brothers 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 19, Matt Reynolds 3, Josh Roenicke 4, Rex Brothers 5, Matt Belisle 1, Rafael Betancourt 3, Huston Street 3
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Fred Lewis, LF2100101 .250
   a- Dave Sappelt, PH-LF2010010 .286
Edgar Renteria, SS5110012 .240
Joey Votto, 1B1100301 .322
Jay Bruce, RF4224001 .267
Todd Frazier, 3B4000023 .237
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
Drew Stubbs, CF4112020 .253
Ramon Hernandez, C3010010 .294
Paul Janish, 2B4000012 .225
Homer Bailey, P0000000 .200
    Sam LeCure, P1000000 .167
    Jose Arredondo, P00000001.000
   b- Brandon Phillips, PH1111000 .289
    Miguel Cairo, 3B1000000 .267
Totals3277748  
a-singled for Lewis in the 7th
b-homered for Arredondo in the 7th
Batting
2B - Edgar Renteria (9, Hammel)
HR - Jay Bruce (22, Hammel), Drew Stubbs (15, Hammel), Brandon Phillips (11, Brothers)
SH - Homer Bailey (2)
RBI - Jay Bruce 4 (67), Drew Stubbs 2 (39), Brandon Phillips (63)
2-OUT RBI - Drew Stubbs 2 (21)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Votto-Renteria-LeCure
E - Paul Janish (11, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Homer Bailey 3655022 4.72
Sam LeCure 2222321 3.42
Jose Arredondo 2100230 3.41
Bill Bray (L,2-2) 1322001 2.43
Nick Masset 1211010 3.72
HBP - C. Gonzalez (by Homer Bailey), Ellis (by Sam LeCure)
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 62-39, Sam LeCure 47-25, Jose Arredondo 42-21, Bill Bray 20-12, Nick Masset 23-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 1-6, Sam LeCure 2-1, Jose Arredondo 1-2, Bill Bray 2-2, Nick Masset 1-1
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 16, Sam LeCure 11, Jose Arredondo 9, Bill Bray 7, Nick Masset 5
Game Information
Attendance - 27055
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Adrian Johnson