Given how well Johnny Cueto has pitched this season, I did not have high hopes for Colorado tonight. Fortunately, the Rockies didn't pay any attention to my negative vibes and knocked around the Cincinnati ace to the tune of 11 hits (a career worst) and 5 runs in 4.1 innings to win their 2nd straight game (winning streak!!!) and snap the Reds' 6 game streak.
Todd Helton led the charge for the Rockies, getting them going with a 2 run shot in the 2nd (his 5th on the year), and adding a RBI single in the 5th to push across the go-ahead run. Troy Tulowitzki added 3 hits and Wilin Rosario chipped in 2 for the Rockies -- actually, every starter including Christian Friedrich got at least one hit in the game.
Outside of a 4th inning in which Cincinnati scored all 3 of its runs, Friedrich looked solid on the mound -- much closer to the form of his first two starts than his 3rd. He only lasted 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits, but he did punch out 6 and got the win (2-1). The bullpen (with the notable exception of Josh Outman) held onto a 5-3 lead, allowing only 2 hits in 4 innings, and that was all she wrote as Rafael Betancourt recorded his 8th save. The time for panic shall come a different night.
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