Bottom of Rockies' order comes up big in 6-3 win over Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) With the top of the Rockies' lineup struggling to do much of anything, the guys who bat at the bottom did all the damage in their latest win.

Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer , and Gerardo Parra and Tony Wolters each drove in a pair of runs Wednesday night as the bottom of the batting order powered Colorado to a 6-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Those three hitters - 6 through 8 in the order - drove in all six runs and accounted for five of Colorado's eight hits, enjoying some breakout games individually. Desmond came in batting .193, Wolters .159.

The Rockies needed their big games. Their top three hitters in the lineup went 1 for 14 with three strikeouts.

''We saw some good things offensively from guys in the deep part of the order,'' manager Bud Black said.

Colorado arrived in town with a season-high four straight losses, all set up by blown leads. Jon Gray (6-6) went five innings and showed signs of emerging from his recent struggles after refining his delivery. The bullpen held on to give the Rockies their second consecutive win in the series.

Cincinnati's Scooter Gennett drove in a pair of runs with a double and a sacrifice fly on the one-year anniversary of his record-setting game .

The second baseman became the 17th player in major league history to hit four home runs last June 6 against the Cardinals at Great American Ball Park. Gennett also became the first to have four homers, five hits and 10 RBIs in a game.

He was no match for the bottom of the Rockies' order.

Wolters batted eighth and doubled home a run with two outs in the second inning against Sal Romano (3-7). Sixth-place hitter Parra singled home a run in the fourth, and Desmond followed with his 11th homer for a 4-2 lead.

''We lost again when I pitched,'' said Romano, who faced one batter in the sixth before leaving. ''It doesn't matter what I say, I gave up five runs.''

Wolters singled home another run with two outs in the sixth, and Parra had an RBI single in the eighth as the Rockies pulled away.

Gray came into the game in a deep slump - 1-2 with 9.33 ERA in his last four starts. He gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings. Four relievers finished it, with Wade Davis pitching the ninth for his second straight save in the series and his NL-leading 20th in 22 chances.

''I was a little in-and-out of the moment at times, and I had to find that rhythm,'' said Gray, who threw 101 pitches. ''I felt I was getting closer. There were definitely some positives to take out of it.''

The Reds fell to 21-41 overall. They've matched the 1950 team for second-worst start in franchise history, trailing only the 1934 team that went 19-43.

LOPSIDED SERIES

The Rockies have won four of the five games in their season series with the Reds. On Thursday, they'll try for their first three-game sweep in Cincinnati since 2005.

NEW LOOK

The Reds wore a special uniform honoring the military on the anniversary of D-Day.

STREAK BUSTED

Charlie Blackmon went 0 for 5, ending a 12-game hitting streak that was his longest of the season.

NICE GRAB

Reds left fielder Jesse Winker made a diving catch of DJ LeMahieu's liner in the third inning, robbing him of an extra-base hit.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: Relief pitcher Adam Ottavino could resume throwing off a mound by the end of the week. He's recovering from a strained left oblique.

Reds: RHP Homer Bailey is expected to resume throwing Thursday. He went on the 10-day DL last week with a sore right knee.

UP NEXT

Rockies: Left-hander Tyler Anderson (3-1) faced the Reds on May 26 at Coors Field and gave up three runs on six hits in six innings of Cincinnati's 6-5 win.

Reds: Tyler Mahle (4-6) is 1-3 in his last five starts.

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  • W: J. Gray (6-6)L: S. Romano (3-7)S: W. Davis (20)
  • HR: COL - I. Desmond (11)
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D. LeMahieu 2B50000010.281.345.438.783-0.5
C. Blackmon CF50000020.288.373.514.887-1.0
N. Arenado 3B40100000.325.418.579.9972.0
C. Gonzalez RF42100001.264.302.446.7484.0
T. Story SS31100121.244.329.480.8093.0
G. Parra LF41220011.279.317.374.6924.5
I. Desmond 1B22121211.196.264.402.6669.5
T. Wolters C40220011.174.287.256.5434.5
J. Gray P20000011.150.227.200.427-0.5
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J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- R. McMahon PH10000000.213.306.267.5730.0
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Gray in the 6th
  • b-flied out for McGee in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Winker LF41200102.250.359.327.6865.0
T. Barnhart C50100033.267.343.383.726-0.5
R. Iglesias P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Votto 1B51200024.308.417.443.8603.0
S. Gennett 2B31120100.344.379.568.9476.0
E. Suarez 3B40200101.305.385.581.9653.0
S. Schebler RF50200025.268.343.458.8011.0
J. Peraza SS30110003.265.298.336.6342.0
M. Lorenzen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Duvall PH10000011.182.265.385.651-0.5
D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Casali C10000001.600.6671.4002.0670.0
S. Romano P20000013.048.048.095.143-0.5
A. Blandino SS10000110.245.330.309.6390.5
B. Hamilton CF30000123.199.287.285.5720.0
  • a-struck out for Lorenzen in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Arenado (13), C. Gonzalez (5), T. Story (12), T. Wolters
  • HR - I. Desmond (11)
  • RBI - G. Parra 2 (19), I. Desmond 2 (33), T. Wolters 2 (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Wolters 2 (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Winker (10), J. Votto (10), S. Gennett (15)
  • SF - S. Gennett (2)
  • RBI - S. Gennett 2 (44), J. Peraza (16)
FIELDING
  • E - D. LeMahieu
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - S. Schebler
  • E - B. Hamilton
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 6-6)5.07333505.661.5111.5
H. Musgrave (H, 2)1.21002302.401.001.5
S. Oberg (H, 2)0.20000204.321.261.0
J. McGee (H, 9)0.22000104.761.28-1.5
W. Davis (S, 20)1.01000103.201.119.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 6-6)5.0
H. Musgrave (H, 2)1.2
S. Oberg (H, 2)0.2
J. McGee (H, 9)0.2
W. Davis (S, 20)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Romano (L, 3-7)5.06551616.231.581.0
M. Lorenzen2.01001201.640.915.0
D. Hernandez1.01101102.331.141.5
R. Iglesias1.00000002.161.003.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Romano (L, 3-7)5.0
M. Lorenzen2.0
D. Hernandez1.0
R. Iglesias1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 101-63, H. Musgrave 31-17, S. Oberg 11-9, J. McGee 16-11, W. Davis 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 3-7
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 25, H. Musgrave 8, S. Oberg 2, J. McGee 4, W. Davis 4
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Hernandez (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Romano 93-62, M. Lorenzen 26-17, D. Hernandez 20-12, R. Iglesias 9-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Romano 5-4, M. Lorenzen 1-3, R. Iglesias 2-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Romano 22, M. Lorenzen 8, D. Hernandez 5, R. Iglesias 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. LeMahieu 2B50000010.281.345.438.783-0.5
C. Blackmon CF50000020.288.373.514.887-1.0
N. Arenado 3B40100000.325.418.579.9972.0
C. Gonzalez RF42100001.264.302.446.7484.0
T. Story SS31100121.244.329.480.8093.0
G. Parra LF41220011.279.317.374.6924.5
I. Desmond 1B22121211.196.264.402.6669.5
T. Wolters C40220011.174.287.256.5434.5
J. Gray P20000011.150.227.200.427-0.5
a- M. Tauchman PH10000002.042.179.042.2200.0
H. Musgrave P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Gray in the 6th
  • b-flied out for McGee in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Winker LF41200102.250.359.327.6865.0
T. Barnhart C50100033.267.343.383.726-0.5
R. Iglesias P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Votto 1B51200024.308.417.443.8603.0
S. Gennett 2B31120100.344.379.568.9476.0
E. Suarez 3B40200101.305.385.581.9653.0
S. Schebler RF50200025.268.343.458.8011.0
J. Peraza SS30110003.265.298.336.6342.0
M. Lorenzen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Duvall PH10000011.182.265.385.651-0.5
D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Casali C10000001.600.6671.4002.0670.0
S. Romano P20000013.048.048.095.143-0.5
A. Blandino SS10000110.245.330.309.6390.5
B. Hamilton CF30000123.199.287.285.5720.0
Total373113051226-----
  • a-struck out for Lorenzen in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Arenado (13), C. Gonzalez (5), T. Story (12), T. Wolters
  • HR - I. Desmond (11)
  • RBI - G. Parra 2 (19), I. Desmond 2 (33), T. Wolters 2 (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Wolters 2 (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Winker (10), J. Votto (10), S. Gennett (15)
  • SF - S. Gennett (2)
  • RBI - S. Gennett 2 (44), J. Peraza (16)
FIELDING
  • E - D. LeMahieu
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - S. Schebler
  • E - B. Hamilton
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 6-6)5.07333505.661.5111.5
H. Musgrave (H, 2)1.21002302.401.001.5
S. Oberg (H, 2)0.20000204.321.261.0
J. McGee (H, 9)0.22000104.761.28-1.5
W. Davis (S, 20)1.01000103.201.119.5
Total9.011335120---
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 6-6)5.0
H. Musgrave (H, 2)1.2
S. Oberg (H, 2)0.2
J. McGee (H, 9)0.2
W. Davis (S, 20)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Romano (L, 3-7)5.06551616.231.581.0
M. Lorenzen2.01001201.640.915.0
D. Hernandez1.01101102.331.141.5
R. Iglesias1.00000002.161.003.0
Total9.0865391---
PITCHERSIP
S. Romano (L, 3-7)5.0
M. Lorenzen2.0
D. Hernandez1.0
R. Iglesias1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 101-63, H. Musgrave 31-17, S. Oberg 11-9, J. McGee 16-11, W. Davis 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 3-7
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 25, H. Musgrave 8, S. Oberg 2, J. McGee 4, W. Davis 4
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Hernandez (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Romano 93-62, M. Lorenzen 26-17, D. Hernandez 20-12, R. Iglesias 9-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Romano 5-4, M. Lorenzen 1-3, R. Iglesias 2-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Romano 22, M. Lorenzen 8, D. Hernandez 5, R. Iglesias 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Parra singled to right, Gonzalez scored, Story out at third63
  • 6TH INNING
    Wolters singled to right, Gonzalez scored, Desmond to third53
  • 5TH INNING
    Gennett doubled to deep right, Votto scored43
  • 4TH INNING
    Desmond homered to left center, Parra scored42
    Parra singled to right, Story scored22
  • 3RD INNING
    Gennett hit sacrifice fly to center, Winker scored12
  • 2ND INNING
    Peraza singled to left center, Gennett scored, Suarez to second11
    Wolters doubled to deep right, Desmond scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Raisel Iglesias pitching
    • Curt Casali catching
    • Ryan McMahon hit for Jake McGee
    • R. McMahon: Strike swinging, Ball, McMahon flied out to left
    • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to third
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wade Davis pitching
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Gennett fouled out to first
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Suarez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Suarez to second on 2nd baseman LeMahieu fielding error
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • C. Casali: Ball, Ball, Casali popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 8TH INNING
    • David Hernandez pitching
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez safe at first on center fielder Hamilton fielding error, Gonzalez to second
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gonzalez to third on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Ball, Story walked
    • G. Parra: Parra singled to right, Gonzalez scored, Story out at third
    • I. Desmond: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • T. Wolters: Wolters popped out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • S. Oberg Pitching:
    • A. Blandino: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Blandino struck out swinging
    • Jake McGee relieved Scott Oberg
    • B. Hamilton: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
    • J. Winker: Winker singled to left
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Barnhart singled to right, Winker to third
    • J. Votto: Votto fouled out to left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Lorenzen Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu flied out to center
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Arenado flied out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Musgrave Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Gennett flied out to shallow right
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Suarez lined out to center
    • S. Schebler: Schebler singled to center
    • Adam Duvall hit for Michael Lorenzen
    • Scott Oberg relieved Harrison Musgrave
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duvall struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez doubled to center
    • Michael Lorenzen pitching
    • Alex Blandino at shortstop
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Parra flied out to deep center, Gonzalez to third
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Desmond walked
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Wolters singled to right, Gonzalez scored, Desmond to third
    • Mike Tauchman hit for Jon Gray
    • M. Tauchman: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Tauchman grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Harrison Musgrave pitching
    • A. Blandino: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blandino walked
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
    • J. Winker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Winker walked, Blandino to second
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • J. Votto: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Votto struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, LeMahieu struck out looking
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon popped out to second
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Arenado grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Barnhart struck out looking
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Votto doubled to deep center
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Gennett doubled to deep right, Votto scored
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Suarez walked
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Schebler lined out to center, Gennett to third
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Peraza flied out to right
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to deep left
    • T. Story: Story doubled to deep right center
    • G. Parra: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Parra singled to right, Story scored
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Desmond homered to left center, Parra scored
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Wolters struck out looking
    • J. Gray: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gray grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Schebler singled to shallow left center
    • J. Peraza: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Peraza grounded out to second, Schebler to second
    • S. Romano: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Romano struck out swinging
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hamilton walked
    • J. Winker: Ball, Winker flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, LeMahieu lined out to left
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon grounded out to second
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Arenado flied out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Winker doubled to deep right center
    • T. Barnhart: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Votto singled to left, Winker to third
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gennett hit sacrifice fly to center, Winker scored
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Suarez grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
    • G. Parra: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Desmond walked
    • T. Wolters: Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Wolters doubled to deep right, Desmond scored
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gennett walked
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Suarez singled to left, Gennett to second
    • S. Schebler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Strike swinging, Peraza singled to left center, Gennett scored, Suarez to second
    • S. Romano: Foul, Romano reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Suarez out at third, Peraza to second
    • B. Hamilton: Hamilton lined out to right
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Romano Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, LeMahieu grounded out to third
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Arenado doubled to left center
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Winker flied out to deep right
    • T. Barnhart: Barnhart fouled out to third
    • J. Votto: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Votto struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)