Reds beat the Rockies 7-2 at Coors Field

Posted at 10:49 PM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-02 00:49:02-04

DENVER -- John Lamb overcame a liner off his left leg to throw a career-high seven innings and help the Cincinnati Reds beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Wednesday night.

Lamb (1-3) allowed one run and kept the Rockies inside the park a night after they tied a franchise record with seven homers.

There was a scary moment in the fourth when Ryan Raburn's liner drilled Lamb near the hip. The left-hander went down to a knee for a moment and stretched out his leg before resuming.

It's been a tough series for Reds pitchers. On Tuesday, Jon Moscot was grazed in the right ear by a fastball while trying to lay down a bunt.

Billy Hamilton hustled out two doubles, including one that brought in two runs, and Jay Bruce added a solo homer to power the Reds.

Tyler Chatwood (6-4) gave up five runs, four earned, in 5 2/3 innings.

Chatwood saw his ERA at Coors Field jump to 5.30 this season. His ERA on the road is 0.53 and leads the majors.

Lamb settled into a groove after a rocky first inning in which he allowed an RBI double to DJ LeMahieu. Lamb has been banged up at times this season, starting the year on the disabled list as he recovered from December back surgery. He also was bothered by a sprained left thumb.

A beleaguered Reds bullpen allowed one run after Lamb left, when Carlos Gonzalez knocked in a run on a groundout.

Apparently, the Rockies used up their big hits the night before when they broke team marks for extra base hits (14) and total bases (47) in a 17-4 win.

Charlie Blackmon extended his streak of reaching base to 27 games with two singles and a hit by pitch. Gonzalez didn't go deep, ending his string of four straight games with a homer.


Reds: 2B Brandon Phillips missed a second straight game with a sore left foot. "If it was up to him, he would play," manager Bryan Price said. ... RHP Michael Lorenzen (sprained elbow) threw two innings in an extended spring training game Tuesday. "Everything worked out just beautifully," Price said.

Rockies: LHP Boone Logan (shoulder inflammation) could soon head out on a rehab assignment. The Rockies are hoping to have him back for the Dodgers series in Los Angeles next Monday.


The Rockies head into the month cognizant of their June swoon, when they seem to fade from the pack. It's happened in the last four seasons.

"I can't argue with that. History shows that," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "I do think this team is a little different. I feel like this stretch we have just been through is as tough of test as we're going to see schedule-wise, June or not.

"This last month, the fact we're still standing, makes me feel good about June and where we're at in the season. We've been through the fire the last month."


Reds: RHP Alfredo Simon (1-5, 9.60 ERA) takes the mound Thursday in the finale of the four-game series. Simon has allowed 17 earned runs in his last three outings.

Rockies: RHP Eddie Butler (2-2, 4.13). He has a 4.55 ERA as a starter this season and a 1.80 mark as a reliever.